Models crash diet before Couture Week
Another fashion week highlights the grim reality of the fashion world. Crash diets, liquid food and extreme fitness regimes — days before Couture Week, models starve to get leaner.fashion and trends Updated: Jul 20, 2010 13:53 IST
"The Couture Week is a big event, there will be so much media. I want to look more fit and toned, so I’ve started going to gym everyday instead of two days a week and my diet is very controlled now," says model Lakshmi Rana.
"Ten days ago, I started having only clear soup. If I get hungry, I smoke or chew sugarfree gum," says a model on condition of anonymity. Model Anjhula Singh is eating only steamed vegetables at the moment. "To be fit and lean is very important. I know some models that don’t eat anything at all before fashion weeks. In fact, for some shows everything you eat months prior the event is also monitored," she says.
Before big events, model Barkha Kaul goes on a salad and poha diet while model Arzoo Govitrikar says she does "intense cardio training to look lean."
The pressure from the industry is intense, too. “I don’t mind if models go on crash diet or eat less for few days. They should do anything to look great,” says stylist Nikhil Agrawal. “Looking perfect is most important in this profession. A lot of models go on crash diets, liquid diets a few days before a show,” says designer Varun Bahl.
Fitness experts warn against such last-minute regimes. “Lots of models come to us demanding to lose weight within a week. They are already on crash diets, starving themselves, and it shows. I refuse to train them,” says fitness expert Deanne Pandey. “Such diets don’t lead to weight loss, but can cause dehydration, mood swings and even fainting,” says nutritionist Ishi Khosla.
“Once the diet stops, they will gain double the weight. There may be no immediate side effects, but, they may have trouble conceiving later,” says dietician Dr Amardeep Kaur.
With inputs from Aroma Sah