Just when you thought the days of ‘heroin chic’ on the Fashion Week catwalks was a distant memory….

‘Plus-size‘ model Lauren Wells has revealed that she has seen for herself the crazy crash-dieting and dangerous tactics forced on young models trying to compete for work.

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The model was recently asked for her opinion on the outlawing of super skinny models in France and replied with details from her time in NYC, where she lived with a group of thinner models while working for a high-profile agency.

“It goes to the extremes,” she said to ‘Australian Women’s Weekly.’

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“No food being eaten, prescription dietary pills, agents telling girls that they’re only allowed to have one cracker and a couple glasses of water leading up to fashion week per day.”

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Note: These are not the girls she lived with.

She said that even these extremes would not guarantee success and many of these models would still not be booked on any jobs.

“And then living with a plus-size model who’s working every single day and comparing themselves to me,” she said. “I eat healthy, I work out, but I’ll let myself have a treat every now and then and have a glass of wine. But they couldn’t fathom the fact that they were putting themselves through so much stress and I was so happy with myself.”

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