Size zero model is banned from London Fashion Week for being
She said: ‘The industry has always put pressure on me to be thin, but I brought my own issues along too. I can’t blame modelling, although it has not helped.’
As her weight plummeted she continued to land top jobs with designers,
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But when agency Models 1, who are gearing up for the upcoming London Fashion Week, met her recently they were horrified when she removed her jumper and saw how thin the young model was.
They told her she was too thin and advised her to put at least a stone on slowly and think about her health,
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Miss Carter, who is originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in London,
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‘When Models 1 advised me to gain weight it was like a psychological wall coming down,’ she said. ‘It helped me to realise that I was too thin. I was impressed that an agency was actually addressing my well being.’
Models 1 booker Julian Miachon (CORR), who interviewed Miss Carter, said: ‘We met with her and thought her look was great, but have decided that her weight was too low and so advised her on it.
‘Of course if someone is too skinny we tell them, it is something I have done in the past as well when girls are too thin.’
A spokesman at eating disorders association Beat, said: ‘This is a good indication of change, it is a very positive step forward.
‘We only hope that this will be the first of many agencies to adopt a more responsible attitude towards protecting girls who are very vulnerable and away from home.’
Last year there was fierce criticism of fashion designers and model agents for using very thin models at London Fashion week. They were accused of exploiting and neglecting young and vulnerable models. Four in ten models are believed to have eating disorders.
Doctors called for size zero models to be banned from the catwalk altogether because they encourage eating disorders in young women.
Following the death last year of two South American models one from anorexia, one from malnutrition the BFC launched the Model Health Inquiry. Both models had been living on starvation diets.
The recommendations of the panel, which includes designer Betty Jackson and model Erin O’Connor,
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The panel will not ban size zero models as has happened in Madrid and Milan. However it is likely to issue guidelines and demand models are checked for eating disorders.