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Verbatim: Mar. 4, 2007

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“We don’t see anorexic. The girls are skinny. They have skinny bones.” —Karl Lagerfeld, shrugging off concerns that runway models are too thin

“I have never liked thin girls, and I have never made them go on the catwalk.” —Giorgio Armani, speaking out against the fashion industry’s use of “size 0” models

“I wanted to lose a few kilos recently, as I’m heavier than I was 20 or 30 years ago. It’s really convenient to be thinner. I didn’t eat for a day and a half, and the scales moved a little.” —Vivienne Westwood, British designer, about the pressure she feels to stay thin

“Fashion is not the cause of juvenile problems. There are other ways to take care of our young generation: stop showing half-naked starlets on television, ban silicone implants if one is not at least 25, for example.” —Roberto Cavalli, who disagrees with a requirement for models in Milan to have a BMI of 18.5 or greater

“Let’s not become fanatics.” —Diane von Furstenberg, saying that although the fashion industry must become more responsible with the health condition it promotes through models, anorexia extends far beyond the industry

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