Brazil model Gisele Bundchen joins anorexia debates

Supermodel Gisele BŁndchen has entered Brazil’s growing debate over anorexia, saying families are to blame, and not the fashion industry.

Brazil supermodel Gisele Bundchen

Anorexia became a hot issue in Brazil after the deaths of four young women last month, including 21-year-old model Ana Carolina Reston.

Many people are blaming the fashion industry for portraying the thin image that some youngsters are obsess with, and lead to the danger of anorexia.

Other countries have also started to address what they see as the dangerous link between high fashion glamour and an unhealthy image of women. Madrid fashion week for example, made a bold move in September 2006 by banning overthin models on catwalk.

“Everybody knows the standard for models is to be thin,” Bundchen said. “But you can’t generalize and say that all models are anorexic.”

“I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base,” the supermodel told the local Globo newspaper Friday. “The parents are responsible, not fashion.”

Gisele BŁndchen is one of the world’s top earning supermodel. She is also famous for her previous on-and-off relationship with Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio.