Grace Coddington says clothes “hang well” on young girls who don’t have much shape, even though she “hates to say it”.

The 71-year-old is the creative director of American Vogue magazine and is currently promoting her memoir, which takes in everything from her childhood and modelling career to her time working with the style bible’s editor Anna Wintour.

In an interview with British newspaper The Observer, Grace was quizzed about the ongoing debate over thin models. Although she insists helping women have a good body image isn’t her job, Grace understands there is an issue within the industry.

“I’m not here to teach people anything. I photograph what I think is right, and if a girl is anorexic I’m not going to feel right about it, so I wouldn’t book her. But I wouldn’t book one that is too fat either,” she said.

“There are people who are very guilty of working with girls who are too thin, just because the camera always makes people look that little bit fatter than real life. Some 16-year-olds go too far – they can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes, and it’s dangerous. But some young girls have no shape whatsoever – they’re like little boys, and I hate to say it, but the clothes hang well on them.” – COVER MEDIA