Alexa Chung: 'I Don't Have an Eating Disorder'

10/07/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

Courtesy ELLE

British presenter and model Alexa Chung, with her unique shabby-chic style and quirky sense of humor, is often seen gracing the front row at fashion shows (she’s currently doing the rounds in Paris), and even has a Mulberry bag named after her. But constantly having to read speculation on her weight and whether she is suffering from an eating disorder has finally taken its toll on the fashionista. Upset and angry about the ever-present rumors, she’s decided to speak out on the subject. “I cannot express how frustrating it is to not be believed when you say, ‘I don’t have an eating disorder,’” she states in the November edition of British Elle. “I am naturally very thin. I get even thinner when I’m stressed. And you cannot imagine how stressed I was last year,” she says in the candid interview. Referring to her U.S. television debut on MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung, which was later canned, the petite Brit adds: “Anyone could see that I wasn’t doing great and I wasn’t coping.” It was after the show finished last year, that the eating disorder rumors spread on the Internet to such a degree that the 26-year-old was forced to issue a denial statement. And yet still, her slight frame continues to garner unwanted attention. “It angers me because I don’t want to be a pin-up for young girls just for being thin,” she says in the feature, which sees her as the cover girl, channeling her favorite 1960’s style icons (Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie amongst others). “I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed to being dressed well, and I don’t want the two to get confused.” Check out the video below to go behind the scenes of Alexa’s shoot, or pick up the current issue of British Elle, on newsstands now. –Monique Jessen

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Sunny on

Somebody give that girl a sandwich!

lisa on

I was always very naturally thin. After the birth of my daughter at 35 I weighed a whopping 110 pds
at 35! Now that I am 43 things have changed. Just because you are naturally thin doesn’t mean you have an eating disorder! She is darling.

Marcy on

I have been thin my entire life. My weight of 95 pounds had remained the same since I was 20. I ate 2,500 calories a day. At 34, I became a vegetarian, and it was harder for me to get in those extra calories and weighed 90 pounds. I’m 39 now and back to eating meat due to my 5 pound loss over a 5 year period. I drink 1/2 gallon whole milk a day. I eat out a lot because it’s what I like to do. I don’t worry about dressings or other extras-they go on it all. I’ve worked out with a trainer to gain weight by adding muscle. (Muscles and bones are not a good look.) I’ve done weight gain shakes, protein shakes, and seen a dietician. If I don’t constantly eat, the scale goes down 3 pounds in a day or two. I cannot find clothes that fit, let alone that are age appropriate. I have struggled my whole adult life to be “normal” because I’m tired of defending myself to everyone. My self esteem has always been low due to the comments people feel are OK to say to me, especially working as a waitress. I’ve heard it all. The daily, “Oh my God!! You’re sooo skinny!” and my personal all time favorite, “Please eat. You look like you’re starving to death”. Does anyone walk up to another person and say, “Oh my God!! You’re sooo fat!”, or “Please don’t eat that, you look like you’re going to explode”?? I don’t understand the cruel, judgemental mind set of society. A regular customer made a remark to me about my weight once and I pointed out that he was bald. He was shocked and said, “Well, I can’t help THAT.” I smiled and said, “Exactly. And neither can I.”

snooki on

it’s so sad that all these skinny celebrities try saying they are naturally thin. There are different extremes of eating disorders, and i’m pretty damb sure all these super skinny girls watch what they eat to the extreme and also I betthey don’t menstrate properly which is not healthy.

Alex on

People constantly telling you that you must have an eating disorder just because you are thin do not realize that you could potentially cause the person to have a problem. I have been through similar criticism from my family because I am “too thin”. There is such a thing as naturally thin…some people have to work really hard to gain weight. My whole family has accused me of having an eating disorder even though I have been to the doctor and asked why I can’t seem to gain weight. People constantly telling me that I MUST have a disorder makes me feel bad and makes me feel like I have to prove to them I do not have a problem. The people you need to worry about are thin people with odd eating habits and people that you never see eating. Besides that if you really are concerned about someone confront them privately and DO NOT just talk about them having a disorder behind their back.

paranel on

She might be in denial. If you look this thin, you are not eating enough. To me she looks so ordinary and not stylish at all. I don’t know who decided that she should be famous? What is her talent ? I mean really.

Mels on

Why is it okay to lash out at very thin people but no obese people? It’s just as unhealthy, but when an obese person becomes famous, everyone wants to praise them for being so brave. Please. Besides, Alexa’s got style and if you disagree, you probably wear capri pants.

Nan on

Twiggy! Not a good example for teens anymore. Sunken eyes, bobble head. Too thin.

Amanda on

Ridiculous. She looks fine. Poor girl…

Ann on

She looks fine. Everyone’s so fat these days, thin looks anorexic. How about we focus on the obesity epidemic for a change?

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