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Was using this skeletally-thin model really a good idea Topshop?

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topshop-zero-girlA PAINFULLY thin model, who looks a classic size zero, has been removed from a major fashion retailer's website after a furious response from eating disorder groups.


A skeletal-looking Codie Young appeared on the website of high street store Topshop sparking criticism that the retailer was promoting teenage anorexia.


Store bosses said Codie was a 'healthy young woman' but after pressure from campaigners for girls with eating disorders her image was removed from the site.


Topshop bosses said there were no plans to take any action over pictures of Codie in their catalogue.


The initial image - which showed the teenager with stick-thin waist and arms – has been replaced by a slightly healthier-looking one. To many observers however she is still painfully thin.


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'.


Anorexia research expert Helen Davies says: “For girls to see pictures of models who are this thin suggests that it's okay to be like that but it's clearly not.


“This is not the sort of thing we want to see in magazines and on the internet. It's a constant battle against eating disorders and Topshop is not helping matters.


“For girls who see these kind of images it can be very damaging. The size four clothes are obviously available in the Topshop stores, which implies again that it's healthy to be that size.

'Images like this are affecting young girls more than ever before. Topshop needs to take some responsibility and use healthy models.”


Topshop's head of publicity, Andrew Leahy, said: “The model featured in our 'prim and polished' feature is called Codie Young. She is 18, represented by Viva and is a size 8.”


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