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‘Colonics, Diet Pills, Laxatives,’ Insiders Reveal Models' Dangerous & Horrifying Dieting Techniques

Sep. 6 2012, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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By Leah Ornstein - Features Editor

Dangerous dieting is an understatement when it comes to the extreme measures taken by some of the world’s top models to prepare for New York Fashion Week!

In a shocking new Fox News expose, Hollie McKay delves into the not-so-glamorous side of the fashion industry, revealing that the painfully thin size zero bodies of the models who strut their stuff down the catwalk are achieved not only through starvation, but with dangerous drugs, laxatives and colonics, and has the details.

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“Packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite," top fashion model Kira Dikhtyan shockingly revealed about the methods used to slim down for the catwalk. "I’ve heard stories that some modeling agents encourage girls to do speed and cocaine in order to speed up metabolism and eat less. And all kinds of injections are becoming more and more popular, from HCG injections that go with a 500-calorie diet plan to T3 thyroid injections that healthy models inject in an attempt to speed up their thyroid function, which results in a faster metabolism."

The 22-year-old Russian also noted that some models have resorted to filling their empty stomachs with cotton balls.

“From taking water pills to fat flushes, models do everything they can to flush out any excess fat or water weight before hitting the runway,” Jackie Christie, former model and Basketball Wives: LA star added.

“Plus I’ve seen models do ridiculous cleanses and diets – the lettuce soup diet, the lemon juice diet, extreme diet pills etc. I’ve even heard of models detoxing a full month before a show and working out three times a day. It’s insane.”

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Though many designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, are attempting to implement Body Mass Index guidelines to promote healthier body images in the industry, Dikhtyan maintains that nearly none of the designers had a problem with her super skinny body.

“This fashion week, only Elie Tahari sent me back because I was too skinny," she revealed. "So I guess I should applaud him."


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