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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Marian on

I long for the day when some “celebrity” feels the need to come out and say “I can’t help it, I’m just naturally fat! And when I’m under stress, I eat more.”

Bria on

It really bothers me when everyone assumes a naturally thin person is anorexic. That would be like saying a curvier size 10 woman does nothing but eat all day. Peoples bodeis are built differently, and we need to learn to accept them all, not just which ever one is more popular at the time.

Bria on

I love Alexa! I think she’s adorable!She is very funny and light-hearted. She was a little akward, but I miss her show.


People come in ALL shapes in sizes. I mean, isn’t that the argument for when someone is a size 18? If she is too thin than someone who is a size 14 is too fat. You can’t have it both ways people.

Deb on

Why are we so quick to pick up the skinny people and critize them and not the fat. you don’t hear anyone saying ‘oh look at that fat person, poor dear?’ yet we say ‘ oh look at that skinny person,must have a eating disorder’.
Honestly people, worry about yourself.
It is really none of your business another person’s weight.

susan on

I’ve seen a lot worse!

Molly on

the thing is, you have to separate *criticism* from CONCERN. eating disorders are deadly, and the sad truth is, it’s highly unlikely that this girl is naturally this thin. possible? yes, it is. likely? no, it’s not. not in that industry, and not to that degree. do i believe the commenters on here, yes, because exceptions do exist. but not often in that line of work, and it’s very sad because women like alexa chung serve as role models and ideals for young women and impressionable girls everywhere who are shaping ideas and attitudes about their bodies and eating behaviors that could very well develop into a life threatening illness that is becoming more and more of an epidemic across this country.

i should know. i once weighed 87 lb.

i’m 5′ 8″. luckily, with 7 years of treatment i recovered and am now 120, but its been hard. it’s still hard. and i feel for this girl if she is in denial. if she’s not, i feel for her, too. people toss around the term eating disorder way too lightly…

megan on

I love her hair! I do think she looks unhealthily (is that a word?hehe) thin. But I have no reason not to believe her and there are just some naturally thin people out there. Although being too thin and having too low of a BMI can be just as unhealthy and dangerous as being obese or overly obese! But I think all of that is beside the point, I completely respect her. “I don’t want to be a pin-up just for being thin,”I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed to dressing well.” I think that’s a great message, and very respectable!

Tiffernini on

I totally applaud her for deffending herself. I have done this my self for 20 years. I am naturally thin yes there is such a thing. I think it is a hard concept for people to grasp. Yes people who are thin do eat and usually alot. (health too)
I also think rumours get started by the people whom are not comfortable in their own skin, and they need to make them selves feel better by trying to hurt someone else.
Like my mother always said if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Or step into my shoes see what if would feel like if it was the other way..
I had a hard tim

Donna on

Shes a bold faced liar. Eat something, moron.

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