Eddie Murphy’s daughter, Bria, says models eat cotton balls soaked in orange juice

Bria Murphy

Eddie Murphy and his daughters have been vacationing in Maui, and as I mentioned in yesterday’s links, they have been accompanied by Eddie’s girlfriend, Paige Butcher. The ultimate effect of this voyage is ultimately a comedic one because Paige is 34 years old while Eddie is 52, and his daughters are in their teens & 20s while it also bear mention that Paige could easily pass for a 20-something young woman. Of course, we’d all be doing somersaults if Eddie was a female (like say, Madonna) who was dating a much younger hot piece. But in this instance, most people are likely to pooh-pooh Eddie and Paige’s age difference because — at least — his daughters are a few years younger than his lovely, blonde girlfriend. I guess Eddie’s still a comedian after all, right?

Anyway, these are photos of Bria Murphy in Maui on Tuesday. Bria is a bit of an actress, and she’s primarily a budding model with the LA Models agency. Bria certainly has a model’s body, but she’d like us all to know that she came by it honestly. Or at least, she didn’t do it like some other models are doing it. Bria claims that some of her fellow models eat cotton balls to feel full while staying thin. Mmm, low-calorie cotton! What a great way to ruin one’s digestive tract:

Bria Murphy

She may be the daughter of famous funny man Eddie Murphy, but Bria Murphy takes her burgeoning modeling career seriously. That said, she’s not willing to sacrifice her health just to achieve the perfect slim body magazines covet.

In an interview on Good Morning America that aired on Tuesday, June 11, the 23-year-old offspring of Murphy and ex-wife Nicole Murphy (herself a former model) revealed the drastic measures some mannequins resort to in order to lose weight. “I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice…they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton’s not doing anything. It’s just dissolving. And it makes you think you’re full, but you’re not,” she said.

“Lots of girls get addicted to drugs and anorexia, it’s — there’s a whole list of things, because it’s a lot of pressure to be perfect,” continued Bria, who is currently the spokesmodel for Dark and Lovely hair products.

The stunner also shared her dream to model for Victoria’s Secret, a wish that doesn’t seem out of reach judging by the sexy bikini shots of her, taken in Hawaii on the same day the interview aired. She’s fully aware, however, that the industry she’s chosen can lead to crippling self doubt and body image issues.

“It’s your job to go into a room…and some people will just say no without an explanation, and some will be like, ‘Oh, your nose is too big. Your butt’s too big. Oh, your legs are flabby.’ Like, they’ll just go on you, ‘Oh, you need to tighten that up,’ ” she said.

[From Us Weekly]

Good for Bria for lifting the lid from within the industry, but if she wants to model for VS, she will probably end up observing extreme weight-loss measures galore. Sadly though, these statements about the modeling industry are nothing new. I’ve also heard some variants of these cotton ball stories over the years too.

(WARNING: I’m about to get gross.)

There’s an urban legend that has been floating about for years and holds that (some) models only allow themselves to get drunk by soaking their (unused, I hope) tampons in vodka, which creates the same effect as drinking but bypasses the digestive tract and prevents caloric consumption. God, this is all so insane.

Bria Murphy

Bria Murphy

Bria Murphy

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Azurea says:

    I heard about dancers doing this way back in the
    late 70′s. I guess some things never change….

    • Lilo says:

      Yep, this and other “tricks” to that effect have been around for ages. The crazy things women (and men) are willing to do for being thin will never cease to amaze me. And the really sad thing…it doesn’t “help” at all, it is just plain dangerous.

    • Tapioca says:

      Women were deliberately swallowing tape worm eggs in the 20s to lose pounds through parasitic worm infestation, so cotton wool balls almost seems like progress.

      Still, if you could make it rich merely by being pretty, without any sacrifice, it would hardly be fair now, would it? I’ll take my regular job and my regular meals!

    • LadyBird83 says:

      One of my friends was a runway model in the late 90s- early 2000s. She said girls would soak cotton balls in yogurt and eat it to feel full. She said no matter what a model says about being “naturally thin” it’s all a lie.

      • Joy says:

        Cue everyone on here who is thin screaming about this whole thread.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        The way Bria looks is certainly possible without any weird eating habits. I believe her when she says she’s naturally thin, and I believe there are other models like her, who simply eat healthy and work out and have a good metabolism.

        But I also believe the ones who look like twigs are naturally thin AND starving themselves.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Man oh man…so how do these chicks take a dump? I mean….they must be all bound up in there.


      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @the original kitten, I agree. I have horrible digestive issues from over a decade of yo-yo dieting and various pills i abused to stay thin.

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Well, on the plus side….When they do crap, they don’t have to wipe?

      • Isabelle says:

        Exactly what I was thinking! How does it not block their digestive track?

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        They are really taking the slogan
        “The fabric of our lives” a bit too seriously….
        The fit, the feel, the fart of COTTON!

      • MistyNinja says:

        Your body does not digest it. If they are lucky the balls will just get covered up with other fecal matter and get sent out. There is a extreme risk of impaction. Those little cotton balls could get stuck anywhere-especially if they are not eating anything else. Plus the organic material will provide bacteria a nice home to fester in.

      • crazydaisy says:

        LOL @ ZigZagZoey!

    • j.eyre says:

      This is all so depressing. I remember in the 80s some models came out with “tips” for young girls. They said if you brushed your teeth when you were hungry and drank a glass of water, it would help you stave off the hunger.

      • Rachel says:

        That’s actually a “tip” I read in one of the health magazines. Except the article was not about weight loss. It was about reasons why we snack (i.e. boredom, etc.) and ways to cut down on snacking in between meals. They said to brush your teeth right after dinner to prevent late night snacking. Our bodies are conditioned to associating brushing our teeth at night to going to bed, and your body starts to prepare itself for sleep.

      • j.eyre says:

        I have been advised to brush after dinner as well for snacking. That sounds solid enough.

        Now granted, it was about 30 years ago when the article was read to me but the teacher presenting it was horrified at the suggestions such as black coffee and tic-tacs being all you need for breakfast and I am fairly certain the teeth brushing was in lieu of lunch.

  2. Vee says:

    She is gorgeous and looks healthy. I wish her well.

  3. Tessabelle says:

    Call me crazy but I prefer to drink my vodka rather than absorb it through my hooch… just sayin’…

    • V4Real says:

      Right! I like to taste my liquor.

      Then again it could give their boyfriends reason to go down south again after Michael Dougals has scared them away with his claims.

      Guys would be like wow, taste just like Cherry Vodka

    • Merylynn says:

      Wouldnt using alcohol soaked tampons burn like hell? I once felt the starting twinge of a yeast infection on an evening when I couldnt drive to a pharmacy. So I went online to hunt for a home remedy and read on many sites that a clove of garlic would stave off candida. Well! Let me tell you! That clove stayed up my poor burning cooch for exactly 10 seconds. I cant imagine how much worse vodka would feel .

      • V4Real says:

        I have no idea if it would burn and I’m definetely not willing to find out by experimenting.

      • Lucybelle says:

        I’m trying to figure out how they get the tampon in after they soak them. Aren’t they all dissolved and mushy?!
        And ouch about the garlic! I’ve heard of putting yogurt in your hooha but never garlic. Yowza!

      • Liv says:

        Haha, V4Real ;-)

        Soooo disgusting! Who does something like that? I can’t believe it!

        Lucybelle, that’s a serious question.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Well, if they get the kind with the plastic applicator, they can soak it all up with the plastic part still on, making it easier…

        I sense a new slogan for Tampax Pearl…

      • bullseye says:

        I am not convinced by the tampon thing…I mean, tampons absorb. If vaginas were more absorbant than tampons (in order to consume alcohol), they wouldn’t work as intended.

      • Nerd Alert says:


        Yes, tampons are absorbent, but so are porous human tissues, though they have evolved to NOT reabsorb the fluids your body needs to expel.

        Blood cells and protein molecules are at least a thousand times, if not hundreds of thousands, larger than ethyl alcohol (EtOH), which is readily absorbed by any tissue in your body, even the skin. It is also a volatile liquid, meaning that it rabidly evaporates, which is why you would still breath it out your mouth after you’ve tamponed it in.

      • Erin says:

        the burning was actually the garlics active components working! you should’ve left it in :) it really does work! so does putting probiotic capsules inside yourself.

      • jwoolman says:

        Um, you’re supposed to wrap the glove of garlic in cheesecloth first… Then it won’t burn you. Tie up the cheesecloth with dental floss, long enough to make it easy to pull out. Some recommend crushing the garlic before inserting, but try the whole clove first since that might work well enough (did for me). Very effective against yeast infections, although the garlic odor molecules will spread throughout the body and your skin will smell garlicky. Not a bad thing if you like garlic, though.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      That’s some hooch in your cooch!

    • *unf* Joan Jett says:

      Exactly. There is no point of getting drunk when it is not also going to be delicious!

      And if you don’t have a weird fetish going on, you probably not going to enjoy the burn from hell (when alcohol in vagina).

  4. Jag says:

    Not just models, Bedhead. There’s apparently an entire subset of girls who get drunk or high that way by using alcohol or cocaine.

    I hope Bria stays grounded. Modeling is a difficult career.

  5. don't kill me i'm french says:

    it’s not the first time that i hear the “cotton” story sadly

    i miss the heathlier models

    i saw a doc about some 13/14 years-old russian models sent 3 weeks (alone) in Japan and Korea to make it :it was edifying

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      Details? Sounds fascinating

    • Esmom says:

      The doc is called Girl Model and it’s available on PBS’s website. Creepy and fascinating. The most compelling story is that of the former model turned scout, an American woman who is seemingly off her rocker. I can only assume the industry has warped and scarred her badly.

      • Mrs. Peacock says:

        It is also available on Netflix (or at least was last week when I updated my queue).

      • Michella says:

        She looks so haunted. I’ve seen the look before- I modeled from about 14-20, and I mainly did runway. My parents wanted me to stay away from Print because they didn’t want me to find myself in a situation where it was hard to tell the photographers no.

        She reminds me of some of my younger friends that had terrible experiences with photographers. It seems to be particularly damaging when the abuse seems to be validated by agents and the people surrounding you.

        No one will say “You have to let this lecherous old man touch you”, but they will be hugely disappointed if you anger them, and it might reflect poorly on you and limit future work. You can go to a shoot thinking its just a straightforward ad and be talked out of your shirt over 30 minutes. Suddenly the room clears and you are a 14 year old girl alone in front of a 50 year old man with a camera and a lot of power. Its hard to say no.

      • Lisa says:

        I’ve seen this a few times, but never from the beginning. Thanks for the heads-up about it being on their site.

      • K says:

        That documentary did not feature girls sent to Korea. Fyi

      • Esmom says:

        Right, they were sent to Japan.

  6. Tessa says:

    Pass the lube. Do you know how drying and irritating alcohol is? Just smoke some weed if you want a buzz. Don’t stick Vodka up your vag!

    • V4Real says:

      They can’t smoke weed because that would be followed by an uncontrollable urge of the munches.

      • marie says:

        you know what though, you can work through that-as long as you don’t start eating your good. (in my experience anyway)

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Well, at least the cotton would taste better!

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Meh the weed munchies are overblown for most people anyway. It’s all about self control.

        Though I’m not sure how much self control you need when your calorie cap is around 400–probably a lot. Sounds horrific.

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Nerd Alert ~ I agree. I think the munchies happens much more when you first start smoking. If you’ve been smoking forever (I have), it isn’t that noticable, and you learn to plan accordingly…!

        And OMG! Great thinking about keeping the plastic applicator on! Genius! Not that I would try it….But it made me laugh!

      • megan says:

        For me, weed actually gives the opposite feeling most of the time. My stomach feels full when I’m stoned. I’m also less bored which is a big contributor to snacking. It’s been like that since my early 20s. Occasionally I will still munch out though (like the Superbowl Party where my friend & I dipped homemade brownie bites into homemade cream cheese frosting for like, an entire hour).

        When I was in high school though…oh. my. GOD. The sheer volume of what I could put down while stoned. I’d smash the candybar aisle! And I was so skinny too. Ah well, c’est la vie!

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Zoey, any time someone brings this kind of thing up, my mind tries to find the best way to execute it. LOL I imagine they dip it in with the plastic applicator and then *quickly* cooch it. Actually, they probably insert a few at a time, and then both their vadge and breath stinks bc alcohol breath comes from breathing out the EtOH.

        Analytical obsessiveness aside, I smoke plenty of weed and hardly ever get the munchies from it. You’re right, I did get the munchies when I first started, but now I find it to be a welcome, calorie-free alternative to alcohol.

        Except when I’m having cramps. Then a stiff drink fixes everything for me when ibuprofen can’t ;)

  7. smee says:

    I’m not so sure that cotton balls “just dissolve” in your stomach.

  8. HK9 says:

    The girl isn’t lying. Not only have working models told me they do this I’ve seen it done. Not good.

  9. Tesstess says:


  10. UsedToBeLulu says:

    I don’t think your body can absorb or digest the cotton, like she said. It has to pass through the digestive tract like anything else. I imagine it could easily cause problems, like impaction. I’ve never heard this, and it sounds horrible!

    • FLORC says:

      Heard of this before. Long term effects from short term use The worst was girl soaking cotton balls in a solution I won’t name and breathing it in. It would kill your appetite for days and also destroy your brain. What some people will o short a job and short cuts…

      Never heard the vodka tid bit. Sounds uncomfortable to say the least. I have heard of addicts going into rehab do tricks like that to get a slow release of drugs into the system.

  11. bros says:

    she’s going the rihanna route with all those tattoos and pointy pointy nails. not really a good look.

    • HappyMom says:

      Yes-so trashy.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      So tattoos and pointy nails are an indication that a person is going down the same destructive path as Rihanna? Interesting.

      Bria Murphy is actually nothing like Rihanna. I’ve been a fan of her for awhile.

      • HappyMom says:

        No-I never said she’s going down Rihanna’s path-no clue what she’s like. She may be brilliant, kind and clean living. However-her appearance is totally trashy.

    • *unf* Joan Jett says:

      Oh, come on, the tattoos are tiny and in the last pic her nails are super short.

      Also some tattoos are nothing less but art: http://peteraurisch.com/tattoos-2 (nsfw)

  12. Celine says:

    I think this must be an urban legend. I could see some girls trying it, but only after hearing that’s what models do…
    I’m in the business and have never heard anyone doing that. But I’ve seen EDs, drugs, diet pills… but never orange juice -soaked cotton balls. Well, as unhealthy as it sounds, it’s still healthier for your body than drugs

  13. nmat says:

    I don’t buy the tampon thing at all. For one, how are you supposed to get it ‘up there’ after you’ve soaked it in what, at least 2-3 shots of vodka to get any sort of buzz off it? If you’ve ever left a tampon in water you’ve seen how big it gets. Secondly, a tampon’s job is to be MORE ABSORBENT than your vadge, so unless you’ve got some sort of super-thirsty freak of a hoo-haa, I don’t see how you’re going to get much vodka out of it. Plus, ouch, pretty sure sticking alcohol in your hooch would burn.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      @nmat – “thirsty freak of a hoo-haa”


    • Emily says:

      No.. people do do it.
      Alcoholics sometimes also absorb alcohol through their butt/vadge as they get drunk quicker and are less likely to vomit as the alcohol is never in their stomach

      • Nerd Alert says:

        +1 My friend is an ER nurse and she has told me awful tales of this. A lot of times they buy enema kits and just flush with everclear.

        As for the tampon thing, it can absorb a certain amount of liquid before it starts expanding. I’m not so sure it wouldn’t burn like a mutha though.

    • anneesezz says:

      A girl in my office told me the other day her younger cousin and her friends do it so their parents won’t smell booze on their breath. Way screwed up!

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Steve-o from jack ass “butt chugged” on camera. He basically did a beer bong enema (as did Richard Christie from the Howard Stern show). Apparently it’s a thing in certain circles.

      • Deb says:

        Absorbing the alcohol through one’s vagina won’t even prevent alcohol breath. The alcohol smell is coming from your lungs as alcohol travels through your bloodstream and blood is oxygenated in the lungs. No matter how the alcohol enters your body, the smell of it will come from your breath.

  14. Mia 4S says:

    Thank you for reason number 645677 not to buy fashion magazines or support this monsterous industry.

  15. Evadstructn says:

    Nice Spice Girls beanie. A Mel B reference perhaps?

  16. RHONYC says:

    i dunno if it’s a good idea to ‘crap where you eat’, especially in an industry that you are just getting your feet wet in AND in which you’re not exactly super established yet.

    jussayin. :?

  17. jules says:

    I’m an ER nurse and the vodka/tampon thing is not uncommon – at least in the college town I live in. Not to one up your gross factor but guys also use it – you do the math. Not only is this flat out stupid, but it’s really REALLY dangerous. Those tissues absorb differently than if you just drank your vodka like a normal person, and can knock out your respiratory drive in a blink. Not a great idea.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Who thinks of these things?

      • Esmom says:


        Reason #1,251 why I am petrified to send my kids to a college campus where the main pastime for many is getting as shitfaced as possible, as often as possible.

    • Kim1 says:

      Yeah I have heard about doing it through the rectum not the vagina though

    • Andria says:

      Thank you for highlighting this. Using alcohol in this way is EXTREMELY dangerous and bad, bad idea.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I have heard that since it isn’t in your stomach, if you absorb too much your body can’t fight the poison with the usual defense mechanisms like vomiting, so you are at a much higher risk for blood alcohol poisoning.

  18. Jess says:

    How would the tampon thing even work?

    How would you get a tampon that’s been soaked in enough vodka to get you drunk inside yourself without just squeezing all the liquid out in your attempt? Plus cotton and alcohol is a rough mix, you’d need lube, so if you did get the now very large tampon in you there’d be a barrier of lube between your flesh and the boozy tampon. And even if you manage it, the point of a tampon is that it absorbs liquid, so only a miniscule amount of vodka is going to enter your system anyway. Vodka mixed with cocaine or other drugs would work, though it may as well be water instead, and why not just use the drugs as normal and not add a numb pussy and a subsequent yeast infection to your troubles?

    So many questions…

    • mata says:

      I’ve been thinking about the logistics of that. The only thing I can picture is if you used Playtex tampons or something with a plastic applicator. There’s enough of an opening to allow liquid to go through while it’s still in the applicator. So I would guess you soak it and then insert it with the applicator like you normally would. Since I have no intention of actually trying it out, I’m just going to guess that’s how it’s done.

  19. Karen says:

    What is with the dumb chain that goes around her neck and connects to her belly ring? That look is just skanky and cheap.

  20. Ellie66 says:

    Damn that would burn! :( it’s awful and scary what are the effects of all if this long term? You could have a chronically dry and irritated vag forever. Ahhh! The thing is when you start getting some age on u all the crap that u did to ur body will come back in some messed up way.

  21. truthSF says:

    Bedhead, Eddie’s girls are not in their mid to late 20′s. One is 18, and the other just turned 23.

  22. Pants says:

    Don’t we all love a little hooch in our cooch? (Too much?)

  23. lisa2 says:

    There are some naturally thin people. Everyone is not doing this to be a model.

    all of this just grosses me out. Women are ridiculous sometimes. Men too for that matter. Women inject crazy shit in their faces and bodies. They refuse medical treatment because they are afraid of what they will look like. Alter their bodies to weird proportions for the sake of “beauty”

    ugh.. I just can’t.

  24. anneesezz says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t think she’s that gorgeous?

  25. bsh says:

    I don’t think that Bedhead meant that you should stick the tampon up your vagingo.. it’s the same concept as the cotton balls, only you do it with a tampon instead. Eww..

  26. CaliYalie says:

    Ethanol is readily absorbed into the blood stream, whether it be gastrointestinal or vaginal. It is then oxidized in your liver. The feared “fatness” comes from drinking beer or any other alcohol that isn’t mostly alcohol by content. I guess you could theoretically have a longer buzz or potentially not absorb the sugars that frequently accompany certain liquors, but it seems unsafe and pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

  27. Shitler says:

    I saw some show on hollywood progeny on E & she was featured. She seems grounded but I feel she only came by a modeling career by way of her dad being Eddie Murphy. Her mom on the other hand is gorgeous! She has this olive complexion & green eye that r to die for..

  28. fabgrrl says:

    Well, Bria, easy to say you’d never go to extremes when you are only 23 and felt the effects of aging and pregnancy.

  29. Zorbitor says:

    Modeling is a dangerous job, like coal mining, but the pay is better

  30. Lucinda says:

    Thank God I never wanted to become a model!

  31. Mew says:

    Napkins, cotton… yeah, the model diet. It’s so frikking fun that these ladies take selfies with pizza, claim they eat everything and yet they’re bonebag thin. It’s not real. It’s starvation, hell on earth, no food, soaked cotton balls and in worst case death.

    Yet every woman and their moms want that and someone healthy looking like Pink is “stubby and manly”. What the hell is wrong with women…..

  32. b says:

    She really does look like her father but in a very feminine, beautiful way.

  33. zizi says:

    I need her beach hat. GIMME.

  34. Isa says:

    How do you get a soaked tampon up there anyway? Have you ever seen those things explode once they hit water?

  35. Kris says:

    The tampon trick is an urban legend:

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Yeah, I read that poorly-written article, too. Hardly scientific. My conclusion was that just because some moron bartender couldn’t make it work doesn’t mean that desperate teens and models can’t. You have to WANT it to work, I’m sure.

  36. Marietta says:

    Ok, seriously, does anyone know if any celebrity’s daughters considered any career other than modelling? Surely some celebrity’s daughter out there must have had more aspirations or interests? And careers other than in film or fashion? Just curious….

  37. mimi says:

    my sister modeled for Elite in the 80s/90s and told me about the orange juice soaked cotton balls and eating heads of plain iceberg lettuce – some things never change – oh and of course the chain smoking – when I went to visit her in London we got to the models’ apartment and all they asked me was if I had brought “American cigarettes” thin doesn’t = healthy!

  38. Thora says:

    This is what happens when you live in a society where being “hot” is valued above everything else. On the other hand what these women are doing to themselves is no worse than what professional athletes, body builders and some actors do to succeed in their professions.

  39. Beatriz says:

    The tampon thing isn’t a myth–I know A LOT of people who do it. The saddest part is, that a lot of teens are doing it too, because they don’t want to gain weight or have their parents smell the alcohol on their breath.