Actress DAME Helen Mirren has launched a scathing attack on the fashion industry's size zero craze, putting the blame for the "horrifically thin" models on female fashion editors.
The Academy Award-winner, 62, had first hand experience of size discrimination when she took her niece, an aspiring model, to several booking agencies - only to be told she was overweight.
And Mirren insists it is all down to senior fashion writers and editors.
She says, "I blame my own sex vehemently on this. It is women who run the magazine and women who editorialise and women who make the decisions.
"I think it is completely iniquitous to have incredibly skinny girls on the runway. A lot of the girls are horrifically thin and of course they have a problem. Mostly, the fashion industry chooses to turn a blind eye."