Pictures of stylist Rachel Zoe in a bikini have been popping up online, pouring more fuel on the flames driving the rumors that she’s anorexic. People are asking, “Is Rachel Zoe too thin?”
The answer: Of course she is.
But that’s not the question we should be asking. I mean, there’s simply no doubt that she doesn’t have enough weight on her body. It’s not my opinion, it’s an objective fact, like saying, “That apple is red” or “Yao Ming is tall.” When you can see your skeleton, it means you are too thin. In this shot, she looks alarmingly like Nicole Richie who, at the time in was snapped, also denied an eating disorder but later admitted she had been struggling.
The question we SHOULD be asking is this: Why are Zoe’s loved ones not getting her help? She quite clearly is in some sort of crisis and when someone is sick enough to look like she does but still insist, "Truthfully, I've never seen myself as being too thin. Sometimes I'll look at photos and be like, 'Oh, that's not a good look.' But generally speaking, I'm not too thin," she can’t be trusted to speak up and request help on her own. That’s because anorexia is a psychological disease that warps your self-perception and clouds your judgment. I’m not concerned that, God forbid, she has cancer or some other disease that’s causing her to lose weight, for if that were the case, I can’t imagine her staying quiet and instead allowing people to insult her and wrongly charge her with an eating disorder. I’m also not too concerned about invading her privacy (although I am trying to be sensitive), because she is being insanely in-your-face about her body. She’s choosing clothing that highlights her protruding breastbone and emaciated arms. Her issues aren’t just evident in bathing suit shots – she looks the exact same in a black tie gown. This is something many women with eating disorders do – I know I did it when I was sick. It’s an unspoken challenge. It says, “Look at me. I dare you. You (society) wanted to me to be thin? Well, I’ll show you thin!”
Zoe doesn’t need to have blame placed on her--something she’s said she’s concerned about ("We've had Audrey Hepburn, we've had Twiggy, we've had Veruschka, we've had Kate Moss. I'm trying to figure out why I am to blame for skinniness.”) She doesn’t need to feel ashamed or ridiculed or like she’s weak or at fault. She just needs help. Even if that just means someone to insist she take a break every day for meals (She has claimed her hectic schedule often precludes her from eating.) It’s sad to think a celebrity with so much notoriety, her own reality TV show, connections to some of the most powerful people in Hollywood and an above-average income could slip through the cracks like this.