Bria Murphy, the 23-year-old daughter of actor Eddie Murphy, revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets of the modeling industry on Good Morning America. And the truth isn’t very pretty.
“Lots of girls get addicted to drugs and anorexia, it’s — there’s a whole list of things, because it’s a lot of pressure to be perfect,” Murphy said. She even explained the measures some young models turn to in order to stay thin.
“I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice … they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton’s not doing anything. It’s just dissolving. And it makes you think you’re full, but you’re not,” she said.
Former Vogue editor Kristie Clements revealed a similar extreme diet in her tell-all book, The Vogue Factor. In the book, Clements discusses how some models resort to tissue to help them full and stay “Paris thin.” Clements also quoted an unnamed Russian model whose roommate was a fit model and “is in the hospital on a drop a lot of the time.” A fit model is a model who is used by a designer to check the fit, drape, and appearance of a design.
Bria Murphy, who is currently a Dark and Lovely model, said that it’s important not to take rejections too personally, even though models will often be dismissed without an explanation.
” … Some will be like, ‘Oh, your nose is too big. Your butt’s too big. Oh, your legs are flabby.’ Like, they’ll just go on you, ‘Oh, you need to tighten that up,’” she said.
Murphy recently starred in Wale’s “Bad” video, and was featured on BET’s Rip the Runway earlier this year.
You can watch Murphy’s Good Morning America interview below.
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