Karlie Kloss Doesn't Have An Eating Disorder, But Struggles to Put on Weight, Says Her Grandmother (EXCLUSIVE)
Controversial photos of supermodel Karlie Kloss and her protruding rib cage have sparked outrage, but her grandmother has leapt to her defense, insisting to Celebuzz that the super-thin star is healthy.
Despite the shocking un-airbrushed images -- released by American photographer Greg Kadel -- Stella Kloss says her famous granddaughter doesn't have a problem.
"I’ll tell you one thing’s for sure: if you go to an eating contest with Karlie, you’ll lose," she said, laughing.
What else does she say about the recent photo controversy?
"She has a healthy appetite. She carries snacks with her all the time, but they’re healthy snacks -- fruits and veggies. I’m sure if you look in her bag, she’ll have a ton of snacks. She eats the whole time. She’s so busy, you’ll find her eating if she’s not sleeping."
The photo in question appears in the October issue of international fashion magazine Numéro, where the 20-year-old can be seen looking sexy and seductive as she poses topless with her hands behind her head. But the original photo released by Kadel and his studio shows her jutting ribs and collarbones, confirming that the photo was airbrushed and sparking a wave of controversy.
Despite the apparent image doctoring, the model's grandmother is not concerned.
"She’s busy all the time, on the move all the time, and eating all the time," said Stella.
"I don’t worry about her at all. She’s just gotten so tall it’s hard for her to put on enough weight to keep up with her height, I guess."
But Karlie isn't a stranger to making headlines with a photo spread involving a questionable image.
In December 2011, Vogue Italia removed from its website an image of a then 19-year-old Karlie, who posed for an 18-page photo spread called Body by Kloss. The photo, featuring the supermodel in a bizarre, almost contortionist-like pose, was nixed after some suggested that it had been heavily Photoshopped, while others were actually celebrating it on pro-anorexia websites.
But the elder Kloss says her young granddaughter doesn’t have an eating disorder.
"She’ll out-eat you and me," she said.
"People will be negative about you and try to put you down. But she’s been thin for a long time and she has energy like no other, so she uses what calories she takes in."