Grace joins the weight debate

22 October 2009

Grace Coddington

The endless debate over the weight of models in the fashion industry is apparently not a new one. Grace Coddington, the uber-talented and down-to-earth creative director of US Vogue, says the controversial issue was still raging even when she was modelling in the swinging '60s [see fab pic below!].

'It's a big problem. I remember when I was young [and still modelling], they told me that if I didn't lose weight, I'd be out of the show, so I spent a week living off of coffee. But I'm a very level-headed person. These problems nowadays are with kids much, much younger than that, and that's most of the problem – when they're very young and vulnerable.'

Grace Coddington

The surprising and endearingly reluctant star of The September Issue has added her two cents to the discussion, commenting on the pressure on young models to be thin and maintaining that she and La Wintour do all they can to make sure the girls they use are healthy.

'I don't know what the answer is, except to keep on it, which we're all trying to do. Anna's trying to do it. Personally, we're not allowed, at Vogue, to work with girls who are very thin, but you never know, because you could book them and think they're a certain size, and they turn up on the shoot and suddenly they've spun into this anorexic situation. And you're on the spot and you have to get the job done and you have one day to do it, and what do you do? But you try to be responsible, as Anna is.' [Coco Perez]


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