Reuters had a disturbing story about what happens backstage during fashion week. If the food is there, it mostly goes untouched.
From lots of cigarettes, booze and underage drinking:
But at fashion shows this week, there was a steady supply of free alcohol and
cigarette smoke was in the air.
"I can be naturally thin," said Russian beauty Sasha Pivovarova, 22, lighting
a cigarette as she prepared for a show. Her advice for young girls is simple:
"Don't try to look like me."
Backstage at 9 a.m. one day, the breakfast buffet included champagne,
miniature pastries, coffee and caffeinated energy drinks.
"Champagne has always been served. We take one sip. None of the girls get
drunk," said Polish model Magdalena Frackowiak, who at 19 is below New York's
21-year-old legal drinking age.
To rampant bulimia:
"We can smell it. They're doing a lot of vomiting," said a janitor who
identified himself as Dennis White, by the toilets backstage where models
prepared for one early morning show. "They look too skinny, like they've got to
Fashion Week organizers, of course, are denying that any of these things are happening. -- Dennis White, who's he!?!?! Perhaps the CFDA needs to rethink its voluntary guidelines. Or at the very minimum, someone needs to step in and make the Fashion Week organizers comply with laws covering drinking and smoking. Is this so difficult?
Do designers let their models eat? Do models want to eat? Is there food backstage at fashion shows? Photographers covering New York's fashion week have decided to find out. At first glance, it sure seems like there's plenty to munch on backstage.
This model is eating salad! (but carefully, so she doesn't smudge the lipstick).
-- Is this the first bite she's taken from the plate? Sure looks that way.
Should I or shouldn't I? Some days, one piece of broccoli is one piece too many.
This model is doing the unthinkable....She's munching on a 300 calorie slice of cheese pizza.
-- Of course, she has only taken, like, two bites out of the slice.
Show me the photo or video of a model licking her plate clean, and not using food as a prop for photographers, and then I'll start to believe that these ladies (and girls) are naturally thin.