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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p on

let us hope for her health that she is naturally thin. It beats slowly starving to death and your organs shutting down from your intestines on. eating disorders are so dangerous- don’t ask me how i know….

Kasee on

I am very tall and thin and people will often ask me if I ever eat, and the answer is yes, all the time. However, I lead a very active lifestyle that includes walking to a lot of places (grocery store, dry cleaner, etc.) so I get exercise without necessarily going to a gym all the time. HOWEVER, I think it’s important for people to know that losing weight (or gaining a ton) during stress IS a type of eating disorder. It is using food to try to control or temper an emotional situation, and that is not normal eating.

teflon on

She has an ED. She makes light of it in a BING commercial – watch it. Someone who doesn’t want the attention doesn’t make commercials showcasing it. If she’s fat she’s unhealthy and a horrible role model…If she’s thin she’s unhealthy and a horrible role model. Pick your poison.

Mo on

I am a naturally thin person so whoever says that Alexa is too thin to the point where she looks sick doesn’t know what they’re talking about. People can lose weight due to stress and when you’re under stress it’s hard to get yourself to have a healthy diet. And not all people have proportionate bodies. No one’s head or feet, hands or arms will ever match their bodies. Her body is fine the way it is.

Rachel Garletts on

As a naturally tall and skinny i am constantly shunned by those who are not. It runs in my family and i eat extraordinary amounts, rarely work out and cant break 130lbs if my life depended on it. Please stop judging people because they have different body types. Naturally thin people cant help it. Stress and even being cold doesn’t help. Its as if thinking too much and shivering burns extra calories or something. Im cold all day at work because i don’t have enough body fat to keep me properly insulated. This leads to your core being tense all day from shivering resulting in rock hard abs. We cant help being thin so just let it go.

ana on

Well I am also very thin and a lot of people in the world are like that.She is not dying and she doesnt look so thin as people say.I saw already thiner people than her on the streets,on the runaway and even in magazines.Scary thin people are in Hollywood and I dont see a lot of people woring about that.
Leave Alexa.Kate Moss and all those womam eating wath they want.Gwenthy Paltrow for example its a bit worst but even her is not dying.

heids on

She is too much thin

luce on

oh, i hate how everybody feels the need to find any faults they can in a person. Alexa is lovely, and the only reason people have decided to attack her about her weight is because they can’t find anything else to pick on. I don’t think she is too thin at all, she has a gorgeous figure, and I am certain she doesn’t have an eating disorder. She has said herself that she used to get bullied at school because the other children thought her skinny frame made her look like a boy, and she would even wear three pairs of tights to make her legs look bigger. So either she has always been thin or has always had an eating disorder. There is no way you can survive an eating disorder from childhood to her age.

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