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Premier Model Management founder Carole White has emerged from a 60 minutes interview after being asked about some questionable practices in the modeling industry. (Photo: 60 MINUTES/Channel 9)

Fashion industry icon Carole White clearly didn’t like it 60 minutes questions from journalist Tara Brown about the effect of the modeling world on young women.

The legendary agent and founder of Premier Model Managementwho represented OG models including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, was so unhappy with Brown’s series of questions that White stormed off set after criticizing her interviewer and insulting the ever-moving camera, reportsThe daily mail.

Brown was speaking with the top modeling agent as part of a 60 minutes story centered on two young models, Edyn Mackney and Victoire Dauxerre. Mackney, an Australian schoolgirl who started modeling aged 15, described being constantly urged by industry insiders to lose that “extra inch”, while Dauxerre, a former French model, wrote a successful memoir, Never Skinny Enough: The Diary of a Supermodelon how the pressure to stay thin led her to develop an eating disorder.

“They never said to me, ‘You’re too fat or you need to lose weight,'” Dauxerre told Brown, according to “They said to me, ‘You’re a size 8 and you have to go down to a size 2 or 4.’ So I had to drop two dress sizes in two months And that led to the model, who was spotted on the streets of Paris aged 17, at one point subsisting on just three apples a day – with a aside from laxatives and enemas.Even so, Dauxerre said, her agency would falsify her measurements on the comp cards she brought to castings in hopes of getting more bookings.

But when Brown then asked White if it was ‘cruel’ to require models to remain abnormally thin, the agent deflected the question by saying she wanted scientific facts to prove that modeling causes body disorders. food for girls and women. (Here is, friends.) When Brown later asked White if lying on reservation cards, as Dauxerre had described, was a common practice, the power agent became particularly agitated. “My God, your words are really strong, actually. It’s kind of pretty boring to me,” she said. Brown responded by assuring White that she wasn’t trying to annoy him, but White angrily cut her off, regardless.

“Look, I’ll say…I’m being very candid, but I don’t like your terminology for me,” White continued. “I need a cigarette.” Things seemed to calm down momentarily, with White continuing: “I’m happy to answer it, but I don’t like your terminology, I don’t like the way you ask me the” – but then she realized that the cameras were still rolling, and any attempt to mince words was abandoned.

“Are you still filming me? Don’t ! White shouted before getting up to leave. “No, I’m really annoyed because I thought this was going to be a pretty broad interview and it’s not.” Brown reportedly tried to convince White to stay by assuring him that the interview would indeed be high-profile, but White simply muttered “Get me out of here” and stormed out of the room.

But despite White’s reticence on the issue, the pressure to stay thin in the modeling industry is a hot topic. Earlier this year, a study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders confirmed what many have long suspected: that models are often pressured to put their health at risk as a precondition for employment, and that the modeling industry has far too many models struggling with eating disorders .

Of course, not all models are victims of eating disorders (see all of Ashley Graham and Gigi Hadid’s statements on accepting body-shamers). But many certainly feel an unhealthy pressure from a young age to maintain their physique — and that’s something White and the industry as a whole could pay a little more attention to.

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