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Former Vogue Italia Cover Model Amy Lemons Recalls Her Agent Suggesting a Rice Cake a Day, Fellow Models Ingesting Cotton Balls

>> For her final Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week video installment for The Cut, Sara Ziff — whose documentary, Picture Me, is out in New York theaters now, talked to Amy Lemons, who started modeling at 13 and was on the cover of Vogue Italia (left) at 14 — "I had just gotten my braces off." Lemons recalls of a few years later: "They told me I needed to only eat one rice cake a day, and if that didn't work, only eat half a rice cake a day. My agent told me that. I was 17, they were telling me to be anorexic, flat-out. At the shows there were girls eating cotton balls, these young girls, 16, would dip [a cotton ball] in juice, eat it, and you wouldn't eat for five days after it. The level of the money that you're making, you can't say no. It's like, 'Well maybe I might get really sick for a little bit from the cotton ball or whatever, but I'm going to be able to pay for my family.' I mean, some of these girls it's like, do or die." Another model, Vanessa Perron, pipes up in the video: "I got told to get liposuction by the owner of an agency." [The Cut]

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