12/07/2013 17:36 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

'They're Emaciated' - Ex Supermodel Jaime King Slams The Catwalk's Obsession With Skinny

It's one thing for an MP to campaign against size zero, but when an ex supermodel starts slamming the catwalk's obsession with skinny, it's a sign that the fashion industry's issues with weight are far from being resolved.

Jaime King - model-turned-actress - opened up about her time on the catwalk in an interview with Amanda de Cadenet on The Conversation.

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King remembers feeling "isolated" during her battle with heroin addiction at the age of 18. "I didn't belong once I gave up the drugs", she says, but it was this feeling of exclusion that sparked her move from modelling to acting.

Nowadays, King has swapped the runway for a front row seat at fashion week. However, she still has problems with the lack of regulation within the industry.

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At New York Fashion Week last season, King remembers "audibly gasping at how little the girls were... they're not even women, it's just sexualising little kids. They're emaciated".

Over the last few years, fashion houses such as Versace and Prada have banned sized zero models from their shows. However, when the likes of Karl Lagerfeld is more concerned with the "zillions of fat people", what will it take for the industry to change?

For more on Jaime's views on modelling, watch the full interview at The Conversation.