Topshop pulls advertisement featuring a “too skinny” model

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Fast fashion giant Topshop has been the centre of health controversy over the past few days, being forced to remove advertising on their website after complaints the model used was “too skinny”. The use of waif like teenage model Codie Young has been criticised by campaigners who say the images could encourage eating disorders.

The original image featured 18-year-old Australian model Codie in a retro blue dress with round-rimmed sunglasses and simple straight hair. The Daily Mail were one of the main critics of the image, saying that the choice to use the sunglasses in the campaign was “to hide sunken eyes – a symptom of under-eating”.

In retaliation to the claim Topshop released a statement, saying: “Topshop is confident that Codie is a healthy young woman and we do not feel it necessary to remove her from our imagery… However, we do recognise regretfully that the angle this image has been shot at may accentuate Codie’s proportions, making her head look bigger and neck longer in proportion to her body. ”

The talked about image has now been removed and replaced by different images of Codie.

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