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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Jeannie on

Awww, boo hoo for Alexa! She feels picked on and put upon for being accused of being too thin. Poor baby. Eat a hamburger, then! As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and the girl “doth protest too much”. She’s obviously hiding something, and bottom line, she’s too thin.

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Lisa on

I think she is gorgeous. I have a sister who is the same way, she has been super thin her entire life and has just celebrated the fact that she has put on enough weight to give blood, which still only makes her I think 110lb at 5’8″. Some people are just like that. Being super thin can very much be a natural thing and people need to stop assuming otherwise. I actually have known people who drop weight like crazy under stress also, it happens. But because she is in the public eye people want to jump at shadows. Unless you see her puking her guts up somewhere on a regular basis, just take her at her word and leave her alone. Her hair and teeth and skin all look perfectly healthy. She seems bright and energetic and there is no sense in spreading negetivity.

Tara on


Talk less, eat more.

Megan on

I believe her. Being very skinny is just as bad as being overweight sometimes. I don’t know how many remarks of ” OMG you’re so skinny ” I have gotten in my lifetime but it’s never a compliment. I eat ALL of the time and have since I was a teenager. I lose and gain weight like nothing. I’ve gained 10lbs in one week, and I’ve been known to lose that 10lbs over the weekend and not be doing anything different. I’m never concerned about my weight. I personally think the curvier the better, it’s just that I can never get my stickly figure to leave. I’m currently pregnant and I love being pregnant because it actually gives me some meat on my bones. I love my body most when I’m pregnant.

Not everyone that is skinny, even sickly looking, has an eating disorder. Please remember that.

Lauren on

I feel for her. I was a distance runner in high school so my metabolism was extremely high and I was eating a lot but I never gained a pound. There were comments, of course but I learned to ignore them. As a 24 yr old, I am still very slender and I hate when people assume there is something wrong with me. I am 5’2/108 lbs and I am in the normal weight range for my height even though it is the lower end. And guess what? I like my body and feel like I shouldn’t have to apologize for it.

holly on

I’ve been thin all my life, and I was diagnosed with celiac disease last year, that explained why I could never put on weight, because I wasn’t absorbing nutrients or calories. To all the super thin people, have your thyroid checked or check for CD. But, if you are happy the way you are, don’t worry about it! Naturally thin is just as beautiful as any other body shape. I heard so many mean comments all my life, they are very hurtful. I’ve finally put on a little bit of weight and feel good – but just because you are thin doesn’t give others the right to poke fun at you. Shame on those toxic people who spead negativity where ever they go.

Sherry on

I thought “Who the heck is Alexa Chung?” I see her picture, and I’m transported back to the Seinfeld episode where he thought Donna Chang was an asian chick only to find a white girl show up at the blind date. hahaha !

jenn on

I don’t know anything about this girl BUT I can speak through my oen experience. Mom weighed 98lbs @ 19yrs old when she gor married. I graduated high school weighing 100lbs. I didnt gain weight until I had 2 kids. Now I’m 38yrs, 5’6 and weigh 125. So would people say I have an eating disorder?? That is the worst thing to say to someone who DOESN’ me I got it my whole life.

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