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Last night, under pressure from eating disorder awareness groups in the UK, Topshop removed the above image of model Codie Young from its website and replaced it with a photograph wherein Young appears to be less thin. The Daily Mail reports:
The store admitted that the original shot could 'accentuate Codie's proportions making her head look bigger and neck longer in proportion to her body'.Parents and community members expressed concern that the images, as used by a teen-targeted retailer, presented an unhealthy and unrealistic beauty ideal and could potentially trigger relapses in girls suffering from eating disorders. "A disturbing picture of a stick-thin model can cause problems with young girls, who may try to copy them. Topshop should know better," said Karen Easthall, who runs an anorexia support group.
But they claimed that 'Codie is a healthy young woman' and they refused to axe other pictures of her from its catalogue.
They now face questions over why they initially used a picture of a gaunt-looking teenage girl, who appeared to have 'size zero' proportions—a British size four—on their homepage which is visited by thousand of youngsters.
The image caused an outcry after it showed clothes from the store's range hanging limply off Ms Young's body, which appeared skeletal beneath the material.
· Topshop forced to remove controversial image of 'size zero' teenage model from website after outcry from eating disorder groups [Daily Mail]