This is truly the lowest of low: model scouts in Stockholm have reportedly taken to lurking outside the country’s largest eating disorder clinic in search of fresh talent to bring back to their agencies. The Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders brought the practice to light in the city’s local Metro newspaper, where they lobbed complaints about scouts handing off business cards to patients as young as 14.
Anna-Maria af Sandeberg, chief doctor at the 1,700 bed clinic, excoriated the tactic in the paper:
“We think this is repugnant. People have stood outside our clinic and tried to pick up our girls because they know they are very thin. It sends the wrong signals when the girls are being treated for eating disorders.”
The center recalled one incident where a patient in a wheelchair was approached by a top agent, and another involving a 14-year-old girl whose mother and care coordinator had to explain to the defensive recruiter that she was too ill to model.
For all of the good news recently about Vogue taking steps in the right direction towards models rights, this just serves as a painful reminder of the scummiest depths of the industry that still persist.