"Cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, pills": Model reveals horrifying dieting methods used by peers to shed weight for fashion week

'Cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, pills': Model reveals horrifying dieting methods used by peers to shed weight for fashion week

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01:03 GMT, 6 September 2012

A model has revealed the horrifying extremes employed by her peers in the fashion industry ahead of catwalk appearances.

As another round of New York Fashion Week gets underway, Kira Dikhtyar admits getting down to sample size-zero is no mean feat, and some girls are prepared to do anything to lose pounds quickly.

According to the 22-year-old Russian, packs of cigarettes, diet pills, daily colonics and laxatives are the weapons of choice for many, while metabolism boosting injections have also crept onto the scene.

Shockingly thin: According to model Kira Dikhtyar models are using an array of dangerous methods to keep slim (stock picture)

Shockingly thin: According to model Kira Dikhtyar models are using an array of dangerous methods to keep slim (stock picture)

Disclosing what goes on behind-the-scenes, the 5' 10″ beauty told Fox
News healthy models turn to 'HCG injections that go with a 500-calorie
diet plan to T3 thyroid injections that… speed up their thyroid function, which results in a faster
metabolism.'

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women that supposedly works as an appetite suppressant. It is typically injected into the thigh, or taken as a drop under the tongue, however there is no scientific evidence proving its effectiveness.

Ms Dikhtyar added that she has also heard of modeling
agents encouraging drugs such as speed and cocaine in the run-up to shows in a desperate attempt to keep their money-making talent from gaining weight.

Fashion designer and former model Jackie Christie confirmed that models employ all kinds of dangerous techniques, such as hypnosis to control hunger and swallowing cotton balls, which enable them to get rid of excess fat or water before taking to the runway.

In the know: Ms Dikhtyar (pictured) says the pressure to be slim often causes models to overlook the health consequences of extreme dieting

In the know: Ms Dikhtyar (pictured) says the pressure to be slim often causes models to overlook the health consequences of extreme dieting

'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,' she said.

Nutritionists warn that limiting calorie
intake in a short period of time can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can in turn damage the immune system, cause dry skin and loss of muscle or bone
density.

However with many models wanting to boost their careers off the back of their stage appearances, the long-term health impacts of these unconventional weight loss methods can often be ignored.

Worrying trend: Ms Dikhtyar said that many models take diet pills to suppress the appetite

Worrying trend: Ms Dikhtyar said that many models take diet pills to suppress the appetite

Last year flame-haired model Coco Rocha spoke about the pressures on her to foster a malnourished look as a teenage model.

Coinciding with the launch of CFDA's health initiative, aimed at protecting young women against eating disorders the size four Canadian told Vogue.com: 'I was told: “The look this year is
anorexic. We don’t want you to be anorexic, just look it.” This message
was especially troubling given the fact that I was only 15.'

But commentators note that it's not
just the models who feel under pressure to be thin, and that the fashion
industry as a whole including publicists, bloggers and editors have can
be effected as fashion week looms.

Tweets
about the #NYFW diet have been trending on Twitter this week. While
many users humourously posted images of junk food others took to the
social networking site demonstrating a more serious approach.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013, begins tomorrow in New York and ends September 13.