Rachel Zoe on encouraging super-skinny trend: ‘It’s old news & it’s ridiculous’

Is it any secret that stylist Rachel Zoe has some kind of weight issue? I watch The Rachel Zoe Project, and (as I’ve pointed out before), she doesn’t even want to eat for the cameras, or for her husband. She just drinks coffee all day and picks at whatever food is put in front of her. Now she’s given another interview where she claims that she‘s not trying to single-handedly make Hollywood a size zero. But first, some background.

Back in 2006, there was something of a catfight between Zoe and her ex-client Nicole Richie. Nicole posted a “blind item” on her MySpace, writing about a “raisin face” who “whispers her order of 3 peices of asparagus for dinner at Chateau every night, and hides her deathly disorder by pointing the finger at me.” Zoe responded by issuing a denial, saying “The tabloid reports have no merit. After trying to be a good friend to Nicole, we made a mutual decision to sever our working relationship.” Blah blah blah.

Last year, Zoe gave a really strange interview to Harper’s Bazaar about her own weight issues. The magazine had to photoshop Zoe – because she was too thin. In the interview, Zoe said “It’s hard for me to take care of myself, let’s put it that way. I am my last priority…[sometimes I’ll only had coffee and a grapefruit [all day]… it’s not that I don’t eat. I eat.”

Now, for the latest denial, this time to Hello! Zoe has got her denial down pat now, saying “It’s old news and it’s ridiculous.” Hmm… so it used to be true (thus “old news”)?

[Rachel Zoe] is credited with changing the face of Los Angeles daytime dressing from the old velour-tracksuit-and-Ugg boot uniform to a far more glamorous 1970s-inspired look.

“I would never take credit for that,” she says modestly. “But I think that if I’ve changed the way people view LA style, then that’s great, because LA really is one of the fashion capitals at the moment.”

Rachel has been busier than ever recently filming her new reality TV six-parter The Rachel Zoe Project and working on her second book, a follow-up to her style bible Style A to Zoe.

The influence the slender fashionists has had on the industry is not to be underestimated. The 37-year-old was everywhere at the Oscars, styling the stunning Anne Hathaway and partying with Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan.

Under Rachel’s guidance, celebrtities such as Nicole Richie have gained plenty of exposure with her trademark look of oversized sunglasses and equally jumbo designer handbag. But she rejects criticism that her style emphasizes skinniness and has encouraged women to seek a size zero boy.

“It’s old news and it’s ridiculous,” says Rachel. “I work with Liv Tyler, Jennifer Garner, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, all extraordinary healthy, beautiful women. They would laugh at that question.”

“I never think about skinniness when I’m getting dressed or dressing anyone. It’s just the style I’m most comfortable with. If people like big glasses and big bags, that’s great. It’s just an exaggerated style.”

“I think [glossy teen dramas like 90210] are fantasy. It’s not meant for every 16-year-old girl to run out and buy the new Christian Dior bag. It’s meant to say, ‘This is what I’d like to look like,’ and for girls to run out to Topshop or Urban Outfitters and create a similar style for very little money.”

[From Hello Magazine, print edition, June 2, 2009]

I think Zoe has real body image and health problems, but I don’t think she’s totally to blame for the super-skinny girls back in the day, like the thinnification of Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie circa 2005-2006. I’m sure Rachel probably encouraged them to lose weight, but she probably wasn’t the only one in weight-obsessed Hollywood. And the point Zoe makes about her current client roster is a good one – those are some healthy girls, so Zoe’s probably not handing out diet pills and/or cocaine to them.

Rachel Zoe is shown on 5/7/09 and 4/30/09. Credit: Patricia Schlein/ WENN.com

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  1. bella mama says:

    how is this chick even relevant? she’s nauseatingly skin and bones and cant even dress herself, let alone anyone else. ugh…please.

  2. guest says:

    when your ribs are visible enough to be counted – you’re too thin. eat a cheeseburger & drink a shake. 10 to 20 lbs on her frame would be sufficient. watched a marathon over the weekend & her skin looked so dehydrated.

  3. nony says:

    c’mon guys, she was just giving Nicole her personal recipe for success. Besides, at least she was telling her to order vegetables! :roll:

    *edit -eating a cheeseburger and shake might help her in the boob department as well, that header pic…yikes, cover those angry things up.

  4. Codzilla says:

    She’s only 37??? Yikes.

  5. audrey says:

    what’s ridiculous is that she claims to be merely 37 years old.

  6. manda says:

    the header pic makes her boobs look like they’re grazing her naval! Awful look. And I don’t know how old she is, but she needs some fat to fill in those wrinkles. Older people need meet on their bones or else their skin just hangs.

    I would love to be thinner but I hate being hungry. I just don’t see how people do it! And then just to drink coffee, I can’t imagine how bad I would feel at the end of a day of no food and only coffee. I also can’t imagine how bad my breath would be. Gross!!

  7. manda says:

    meat not meet. typing in a hurry….

  8. Kait says:

    I don’t understand how she can be a stylist when clothing looks so terrible on her. It just hangs there, empty and ugly looking. She has absolutely nothing to fill it out in the least. I agree with a previous comment – gain ten to twenty pounds and then we’ll talk about your fashion sense.

  9. Wow says:

    I agree with the point about if your ribs and backbones are poking out, that’s too skinny. But I do know that some people can be naturally thin and it is annoying when society picks on anyone who is naturally thin and then automatically assume they have an eating disorder. It gets out of hand and is certainly not the case for every thin woman.

    Rachel seems a bit too thin and her clothes just hang on her. She’s a stylist and should know how to dress for her body type. She also could trim down a few pounds of her hair and get a new hairstyle to compliment her face. This style makes her head seem too big for her little frame. This plays into the eating disorder crap.

  10. Blind says:

    Enough with the platform shoes! They are UGLY!

  11. lilirose says:

    she lies about her age…if she is 37 i am 21 great!!!

  12. HashBrowns says:

    Yea, I agree with Blind. The platform shoe look is so…unattractive. Like you’ve got big blob feet.

    The 1970s were not, contrary to popular belief, a great time for fashion. For fun fashion, sure. But classic stuff? Other than a ladies’ pantsuit, my mom says the 70s were a big ol’ mess of polyester, giant collars and hideous colors mixed and matched in crazy combinations of polka dots checks and stripes.

  13. ash says:

    yes because Urban Outfitters is “very little money”. Actually I find it considerably over priced for the quality. But thanks Rachel Zoe.

  14. Magsy says:

    More like 37 plus 5-7 years. She may be a good stylist but she seems very unhappy and stressed out for what? She needs to go smoke a joint, grab herself a $5 footlong and chill!

  15. dawlface says:

    being as immersed in the fashion world as rachel zoe is it is no wonder she battles food and eating issues. if she were much bigger she wouldn’t fit into much of the vintage couture she is so in love with. i personally love her and all her little flaws. even working in a small high end fashion boutique leaves me far too aware of my body and if i have gained or lost. it’s human.

  16. ChristinaT says:

    this lady seems far from “human” to me…

  17. Codzilla says:

    Magsy: Amen to that, my friend. There’s absolutely nothing a footlong and a joint can’t cure.

  18. boobaloob says:

    I don’t totally disbelieve that she’s 37. My reasoning? A significant lack of nutrients can speed up aging, particularly if she’s also spent a lot of time in the sun.

  19. TinaWithPom says:

    Rachel Zoe should come over to my house. I’d fix her up with a big plate of my homemade peach cobbler and coffee with lots of sugar and cream. Wipe that haggardness off her face in no time.

  20. Monica says:

    She looks like she is smoking crack to treat her cancer! (I pray she does not have cancer, but she sure looks like she does. YUCK!)! Nobody likes a bone but a DOG!

  21. Lulu says:

    RZ is my favorite show on tv. Thank goodness they got rid of nasty Taylor…and now we get to see Roger …Just one thing…I wish they’d all stop using the F word…

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