Karen Elson “allowed” herself to gain weight during lockdown | Celebrities
Karen Elson has “finally allowed herself” to gain weight.
The 41-year-old model – who has Scarlett, 14, and Henry, 13, with ex-husband Jack White – admitted self-isolation at home due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed her to completely relax her diet for the first time without worrying about the consequences.
She said: “[During lockdown I allowed myself to] eat what I want. I play sports, but I’m finally allowing myself to gain weight. You know, without saying, “Oh my God, what’s going to happen?” “
And these days, Karen will only appear on runways if the clothes are made to fit her shape, rather than forcing herself to slim down to sample size.
She told Sunday Times Style magazine: “I rarely go to catwalks unless the designer wants to fit it for me. About three years ago, I got canceled from a show because I didn’t. looked bad. When I was trying on clothes I was just a little bit too fat. I’m a woman with two kids! “
The British beauty recalled being humiliated during a fitting for Milan Fashion Week when she was just 19, resulting in her being banned from every runway that season for having gained weight.
She recalled, “I felt so humiliated, I cried my eyes out. You know, being told you’re disgusting…”
The incident triggered Karen’s messy feeding cycle until she finally realized she had to ignore the criticism.
She said, “There was a time when [I thought]: I must stay with who I am ”.
And Karen – who started her career when she was just 16 – insisted there had always been “unspoken rules” in the fashion industry regarding a model’s weight. .
She recalls: “There was a fashion editor on set, a dress didn’t fit me, and her instinct was to say, ‘Oh, you’ve eaten too much.’
“Everyone on the set laughed at me and said, ‘Oh fat gonna come out.’
“They were all laughing, and being young and impressionable and wanting to please, I internalized that. When I’m thin, I succeed. But when I weigh 10 or 15 pounds more than they want, that means I’m not worthy.
“To be successful, I had to play this game, these are the unspoken rules of the trade.”