Lily Collins has criticized fashion industry leaders for continuing to cast “extremely small” models.
The actress is currently starring in Netflix movie To the Bone, in which she plays Ellen, a young woman with anorexia nervosa who is admitted to a group home run by an unconventional doctor.
Lily suffered with eating disorders as a teenager, and she is hopeful that her new movie will draw attention to the issue, especially within the weight-obsessed fashion and beauty world.
“I think the BMI conversation was really important,” the star told The Hollywood Reporter in regards to France’s law that runway models must have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 18, adding, “But then you do watch fashion shows and you do see extremely small girls walking down the runway, and a lot of them are really young and haven’t become women yet.”
The 28-year-old is also concerned that some of the models she’s seen walk in catwalk shows appear to be “about to pass out”.
In addition, Lily found the media attention that her small frame attracted while she was preparing for To the Bone to be difficult to deal with.
“I was photographed looking a certain way, and all of a sudden it was like plastered everywhere, and I wasn’t allowed to talk about the movie yet,” she said.
While Lily was willing to transform her figure for To the Bone, she claims director Marti Noxon and the other producers were very mindful of her personal history with eating disorders, and coached her through the project with the help of health professionals.
And the star, who is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman, said that she found the experience liberating in a way, as there was “no hiding” from her past.
“As an actor, you draw from your own experiences to connect to the character,” she recently told Us Weekly. “This was a situation where my life mission and the mission of the movie combined.”