It’s funny how Natalia went from this:
‘I come from a poor background,’ Vodianova told the carefully vetted crowd of fashionistas and their critics. Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, sat to her right. ‘I ate because I wanted to stay alive, and it never occurred to me to think of food in any other way.’ In 2000, when she arrived in Paris at the age of 17, she discovered that her fellow models were obsessed with weight. ‘At first I kind of sneered, thinking that this would never affect me. But as I began working, I began paying attention to my body shape for the first time … Eating was secondary. But I found a lot of new friends who were living the same lifestyle, and things were far too exciting to worry about it.’
At 19, Vodianova gave birth to a son and quickly became skinnier than ever, impressing the fashion world. At five foot nine, she weighed only 106 pounds, her hair was thinning, she was anxious and depressed - and she was a runway star with her first major advertising contract. After a friend confronted her, she sought help and got healthier, adding a few pounds. But when she got up to 112 pounds, her agent sat her down: Designers were complaining she wasn’t as thin as she used to be. ‘I defended myself, saying it was crazy to consider measurements like 33-27-34 to be normal. I think because I was one of the girls most in demand it helped me to be able to forget the incident quickly. On the other hand, it makes me think that if I had been weak at the time, I can really imagine how it could have helped me endanger myself.’
The models she had met on her way to the top, she told the audience, were more malleable. ‘They were very young, a lot of them were very lonely, far from home and their loved ones. Most came from poor backgrounds and were helping their families. They left their childhood behind with dreams of a better life, and for most of them, there was nothing they wouldn’t do to live those dreams.’
To the post below… “Come on, guys! It’s better to be skinny than to be fat!” I am actually irate right now.