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Alexa Chung: 'I Don't Have an Eating Disorder'

10/07/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

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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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Belle on

Please, this is anything but naturally thin, don’t kid yourself!. When your head start to look like a bobble head on top of your body, it’s a sure sign that you need help in the nutrition department. People who are naturally thin, their bodies match their heads, I know that because I have a girlfriend who is naturally thin with small bones, and her body is well balance, there is no debating that. Everytime i see a photo of Alexa I cringe and I wonder when will a family or friend intervene before it is to late. Seriously eat something before it’s too late baby.

CJ on

She is way to thin and she has absolutley no fashion sense…the other night at some show she was wearing a baby-doll dress..it looked horrible on her and don’t get me started on her hair..has it ever seen a comb or brush..she’s a grown woman and needs to dress like one…

Jon on

I liked The VIDEO, good for her for defending her self, sorry her Show, It’s on with Alexa Chung, was canceled last year! Also, it’s nice that Johnny Depp made a young girl’s dream come true!

Frida on

Alexa is super cute and absolutely a fashion icon. She is slightly too thin but she could be naturally so for all we know. And I know for a fact that you can really lose a lot of weight while going through a hard time/dealing with stress. When I was at my lowest point (dealing with horrible panic attacks) I was very skinny myself.

Angyl on

I for one can identify with Alexa. I was painfully thin up until I had my second child. I was teased about being so thin. People often thought that I was anorexic. I weighed 92 pounds at the age of 23. I am 5’4″. Wasn’t from lack of eating! People need to stop judging people on their weight. If they are healthy and honest about not having an eating disorder then just lay off!

Anna on

She looks pretty ordinary to me. And what is up with that hair??? Dress her in ordinary clothes and she won’t even stand out.

PA on

@ Belle. That is not true. Just like when you put on weight you can’t control where that fat goes. I am naturally skinny myself and my body is not ‘well balanced’.

C on

She looks fine! Thin but fine. My roommate is thinner than her – with DD natural boobs – and eats ALL THE TIME! and No (before you get all cynical) she doesn’t throw it up. Some people are just very thin – people are built different. Some people can’t take weight off and some can’t put it on.

karen on

I am naturally thin i’ve been thin all my life. I eat 3 meals a day and snacks in between but yet I dont gain any pounds. Right now im 85 pounds and im 19.

karen on

* I am also short though so that is why. If you are very tall and you weigh little you will come off as looking anorexic or have an eating disorder.

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