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The Skinny on the Modeling "Agency"

2/24/2007 5:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

VH1's new reality series "The Agency" reveals the ugly side of the beauty biz!

The show takes place inside the famous Wilhelmina modeling agency in New York, where agents and bookers offer some very harsh advice to the young models. While already thin by normal standards, the walking waifs are continually told by their handlers to lose weight, workout more -- and to look like a "bloody stick." The lovely bones!

The modeling industry has been under attack for its skeletal weight demands, causing all of Spain, and fashion capital Milan to set up new codes banning emaciated girls from the catwalks. Bon appetito, ladies!

While the hard truth in "The Agency" may not be pretty, it does make for good TV.

"The Agency" airs Tuesdays at 10:00 PM on VH1.

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David    

Too much is be said about skinny models. Its just these fat geeky reporters who can't bear to see models who fit the bill and try to wipe them out of the business and say its better to be fat when its not. Most model who are thin are naturally thin and putting on weight is a difficult task due to high metabollism. It's not a fault of their, they've been blessed with it.

2763 days ago
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judy    

yea, right, David.

2763 days ago
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Catalina    

David is clearly an idiot or he just has strange tast in women. i personally do not like the skeleton look.

2763 days ago
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blah    

TMZ, you'd help by not showcasing an example of anorexia in your 'hottest butts' video screencap. you can't dog out someone else when you're part of the problem yourself, not the solution.

2763 days ago
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chopchop    

#1 David: I totally agree with you!! High metabolism is a blessing!!!! Most people who think otherwise are likely over-weight!! I don't know of a single person who, if given the choice, would take 200 lbs over 100 lbs!!!!

2763 days ago
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craphound    

Here's what I see it as . If you not most of the "so called " fashon desighner's as , how can I say , a bit diffrent in lifestyle ? . To me i see them trying to take a woman and turn her into a young pre-pubesint boy . Real women don't look like that , we all know this , but who has the gut's to say it , well I for one will . And as far a the clothes look better on a skinny model , where does this mindset come from ?, the same industry as aformentioned . They seem like a bunch of freaks , very flamboyant and not connected with reality . I see in the future women having problem's withh heart arithmia , bone density (I.E.) lots of broken bone's as older women do , but in their fourtys . What is the solution / .Ban all of this i'm skinnier than you show's .Show the true cost of this , death's from eating disorder's and charge a few of these desighners and agency's with contubuting with the deaths . will it happen ? . No , i'd like to win the lotto too . Question wich will happen first , gee I don't know , i'll keep you posted LOL . Have a nice day

2763 days ago
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cyndi    

high metabolism....

what are you thinking. watch the news HOW MANY MODELS DIED LAST YEAR OF EATING DISORDER COMPLICATIONS.

THAT IS NOT HIGH METABOLISM.

YES I DO KNOW SOME PEOPLE WITH A HIGH METABOLISM AND SOMETIMES HE REALLY GETS ON MY NERVES, THE FUNNY THING ABOUT HIM IS THE FACT THAT THE GIRLS WHO CATCH HIS EYE ARE LARGER THAN NORMAL, HE TELLS ME HE LIKES A LITTLE MEAT ON THE BONES (MORE LIKE HE LIKES THEM TO BE THE SIZE OF 2 OF HIM).

ANYONE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY WILL TELL YOU, JUST 10 YEARS AGO THE SIZE EVERY DESIGNER WANTED WAS 4-6, NOW THEY WANT 0-2 (AND THE 2 THEY CONSIDER FAT) THEY WANT GIRLS BEFORE THEY GET BOOBS SO THAT THEIR CLOTHES LOOK GOOD ON THE "HANGER", THEY DONT REALIZE THAT IS THEY KNEW HOW TO REALLY DESIGN CLOTHES THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO USE ANY MODEL ANY SIZE AND THE CLOTHES WOULD STILL LOOK GOOD.

2763 days ago
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craphound    

Prop's to you cindy , straight up girl !!

2763 days ago
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chopchop    

CYNDI: Just another fat ass wishing she was skinny!

2763 days ago
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chopchop    

#6 Cyndi, Some models do have eating disorders; not all of them!

2763 days ago
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Kate    

David - You're WRONG! If they're so naturally skinny, why do these perfectly rail thin girls have to be
tormented by that British troll to lose weight because she thinks they look like the "Pillsbury Dough Boy".

Oh yeah, sure! These girls are naturally skinny when they walk in the agency where they are then told they're FAT!

#10- Your right. The Plus size models don't have an eating disorder becuase they obviously aren't yelled at when they are already skinny enough!
Did you see this show? These girls are skinny skinny skinny enough to model and still screamed at for being FAT!

LASTLY, THE MODELS ARE UUUUUGGGGLLLYYY!

2763 days ago
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We, are not amused.    

"While the hard truth in "The Agency" may not be pretty, it does make for good TV."
It makes for dangerous health issues. These young wealthy women who live in the public eye are tormented with image. I agree with the poster that said the fagollas who run the fashion industry are trying to make all the young girls into young boys.

2763 days ago
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Catalina    

high metabollism doesn't account for not eating, throwing up what you eat, or both. women who have a naturally high metabollism don't look like a walking skeleton. i have had several friends with high metab. and let me tell you there is a BIG difference. a size two is in no way fat. hell a size eight ins't fat. God made women different for a reason. A woman who is 6 feet tall shouldn't weigh in at 100lbs.

2763 days ago
14.

Whaz Up!    

tmz...was my comment inappropriate?....

"it's absolutely obvious....that homosexuals.....run the fashion industry...they want women to look as skelatonish as possible......

i agree some women are naturally skinny....just as men can be......but
to say to the world that women should look ....like they've been
recruited from a third world country consumed by famine....is another
homosexual attack at what the homosexual...consider their
competition.....women....."

this is my opinion...

2763 days ago
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TJ    

Why doesn't the fashion industry just skip using models all together and just hang the clothes on poles and roll them down the runway?? I hate how at the end they have a promotion for an anti eating disorder organization because they know that this sh*t is not right. And that British lady is more than a little obnoxious.

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