04/03/2013 12:01 EDT

'The Vogue Factor': Former Editor Reveals Models Eat Tissues To Stay Thin In Tell-All Book

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A former Vogue editor is revealing some shocking (though, perhaps, not entirely surprising) allegations about the fashion industry -- and the drastic lengths models will go to in order to stay thin.

In "The Vogue Factor," former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements describes how models regularly starve themselves and even resort to eating tissues to feel full, as reported in International Business Times.

She also describes a model that didn't eat a single thing for a three-day gig until "she could hardly hold herself up," as well as stories about "fit models" who are in hospitals on drips most of the time to maintain their underweight physiques.

“When a model who was getting good work in Australia starved herself down two sizes in order to be cast in the overseas shows ... the Vogue fashion office would say she’d become ‘Paris thin,' says Clement.

Clements worked at Australian Vogue for 25 years (and was editor-in-chief for 13 years). She published the book after she was unceremoniously fired in May and replaced by former Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor Edwina McCann, leading some critics to believe that Clements wrote the tell-all to get even with the magazine.

And as the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served to models who don't eat.

Others defend Clements' decision to tell all, with one reviewer on saying, "This is not 'The Devil wears Prada' or anything like it. The author loved her job and she does not use this book as an outlet to punish the people who sacked her or to tell nasty secrets."

So, is Clements' book a retaliation or is she simply airing out the ugly underbelly of the fashion industry (or both)? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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