*Model-turned-designer Kimora Lee Simmons is swiping back at reports that she’s starving herself to stay thin.
Last week, PopEater quoted her as saying she recently lost 25 pounds by simply cutting out food.
“I shed the fat by not eating,” she told the website. “But I don’t like to tell the kids that so they think they shouldn’t eat.”
She later backtracked and said she watches her portions, eats leaner proteins, vegetables “and stuff like that.” She even clarified “stuff like that,” saying some days she eats fruit, smoothies and protein bars.
But the title of the article, “Kimora Lee Simmons Diet Trick: Don’t Eat,” spread through the web like wildfire, leading to a huge misunderstanding, the former wife of rap mogul Russell Simmons now insists.
“I just wanted to take a moment to address a story about my recent weight loss that began circulating today. This story led people to believe that I shed 25 lbs by not eating, which is completely ridiculous,” she said in a statement on her blog.
“I am a mother of three young children, two of whom are girls and I’m trying to raise them with a healthy body image. It’s taken me almost a year to lose close to 25 lbs and I did it through healthy diet and exercise. So yes, I’m a bit smaller, but still curvy and 100% healthy and proud of my body and the time it has taken me to undergo this personal journey for myself.
“I’m not one of those ‘superstar moms’ who lost all their baby weight in a week. So, yes, I’m upset about the innuendo because I just can’t win. In the past year there have been numerous rumors about my weight – first I was attacked for being a size 10, now I’m anorexic?
“I’m a real woman and I represent real women. I believe that people are beautiful at any size, color or weight. The way this article was promoted is unfortunate – what a silly way to sensationalize a story, especially when you know young people will be reading it. There must be more accountability in reporting, especially considering the far-reaching impact on girls and young women who are exposed to this kind of misleading information on a daily basis. What kind of example is that setting for them?”