America's Next Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez Responds to Eating Disorder Rumors
With her whippet-thin frame, no one was ever going to confuse Jaslene Gonzalez, winner of Cycle Eight of America's Next Top Model, with one of the plus-size competitors from the same season. Even by model standards, Jaslene was skinny during her time on the show.

However, recent photographs of Jaslene partying in Miami, where she is shooting a fashion segment for CoverGirl TV, have created a new set of rumors that the slender America's Next Top Model beauty isn't just dealing with a super-fast metabolism. Shots of her even skinnier frame have started the gossip columns postulating that she actually has an eating disorder.

Now, Jaslene has fired back, posting a comment about the rumors on her Myspace blog.

In it, she sets the record straight, saying, “Anorexia is a sickness that I do NOT tolerate in my life…Just because I'm a model doesn't mean that I am going to starve myself. I am happy with who and what I am. I don't have low self esteem to go and starve myself to think that I look good. I will say that there are many models who have gone through that hardship and I really feel sorry for them. I love myself for who I am. There is nothing in this world that can change that."

Other celebs who have been hit with eating disorder rumors later went on to make sure they participated in lots of eating-related photo opportunities. Thus far, it would appear this isn't a tactic Jaslene wants to use to counter the gossip, preferring to respond to the rumblings head on.

If it is, in fact, actually a quick metabolism combined with the stress or schedule associated with being the winner of America's Next Top Model that have contributed to her recent apparent weight loss, it's possible she might soon return to the still-slender, but healthier-appearing frame she had while a contestant on the show. Until then, she might learn the unfortunate reality of being a celebrity, which is even blunt denials might not stop the rumors.

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: ET Online

(Image courtesy of CW)