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

10/07/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

Courtesy ELLE

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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dana on

I do not think she looks anorexic. her bones are not jutting out. She is just very thin, but gorgeous. I was always super thin, and was asked if I were anorexic. I ate as much as I wanted, just was naturally thin. In my mid 40’s I finally gained some weight. I am in my mid 50’s now, and slim, but not skinny. I miss the skinny days. I am careful what I eat now, but will never be waif thin again. I am never, and was never sick. I was a healthy, thin girl. Why does everyone think that anyone without fat on their bones has an eating disorder? Menopause will fill her out, but she will always be lovely.

Erica on

Why do models look like they are drug addicts…she looks like the part Angelina Jolie played in the movie Gia. Heroine addited model..she needs to eat a damn hamburger and step away from the drugs..she is not atractive at all. Sorry…just sayin

Maci on

you said it alexa!!! people,people,please the girl is gorgeous and she IS skinny, so what? shes fine the way she is and did you hear her? she said “when people say i have an eating disorder, i get stressed and loose weight.” so stop making her stressed and maybe in your eyes she wouldn’t be so damn skinny!!! love you alexa!!!

Lily on

I dont understand why people feel the need to criticize other people they don’t know personally. Maybe she has an eating disorder maybe she doesn’t but if she does, tearing her apart via people.com website isn’t going to help her in any way. Calling someone anorexic is equivalent to calling someone fat. People who truly fit into either categories struggle with food, weight and emotional issues, the only difference is society has deemed calling someone fat as a cruel remark yet calling someone anorexic is ok. We as a society need to emphasize health, not a number on a scale!

Cat on

I’m as thin as she is and I eat like a pig! I find it funny that the people who always tell me I’m too skinny and make fun of my weight are people who are overweight. I suppose it makes them feel better about being fat? Who knows.

Why Not? on

Only Alexa knows what is really going on, and since she’s an adult, she’s old enough to handle her own business. I will say I’ve only ever met one “naturally skinny” girl in my life though. And even she didn’t eat dairy.

Lee on

Notice that they are covering up her skeletal arms with long sleeves….she is way too thin. The clothes are hanging on her. With the messed up dirty looking hair and all the black under her eyes she looks like a drug addict. Not sexy at all. I find it really sad.

sara on

denial much? Just because you are stressed doesnt mean you cant have a eating disorder from it

NICOLE on

NICE BODY ALEXA

kiki on

when i was in high school my PE teacher made me go to anorexia classes, because i was/am thin, and didnt care to listen to me when i protested. i eat healthy and am naturally thin. in photo’s my head looks way bigger than my body. whats the deal?? she’s thin, so what? many many people are naturally thin.

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