Countless models have told the tale of walking in a mall when suddenly they’re being approached by a model scout and then, in an instant, they’re whisked off into a life of champagne filled glamour. Well, replace mall with an eating disorder clinic and that may be the tale of the next set of models, albeit, with a more grim outcome. According to Fashionista, an eating disorder clinic in Sweden, the country’s largest, has been plagued with model scouts trying to recruit its patients.
Anna-Maria af Sandeberg, chief doctor at the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders (Stockholms Centrum för Ätstörningar), told Metro, “they [talent scouts] have been standing outside our clinic and trying to pick up our girls because they know that they are skinny.” They reportedly tried to recruit “severely ill girls aged 14 and 15.” The clinic tries to protect its already fragile patients, though that means measures such as putting a stop to walks outside.
The discussion of body image issues and the role the fashion industry plays is an on going one. It is no secret that the fashion industry has long projected the idea of ‘thin is always in.’ Though strides are being taken to change that, it is still the dominate thought, which is evident in the reprehensible actions of the agents.
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