9th May 2012
At 11:38 am on the 1st May 2012 Alice was found dead in her London apartment. 1 hour and 38 minutes before she was announced dead. Alice has been expected at the offices of top English fashion magazine: Chic.
The autopsy has concluded that Alice's death is believed to be down to malnutrition and starvation, and with further investigations into the lifestyle of Alice it is believed that she had been suffering from the eating disorder Anorexia for a number of years.
As her agent, who has worked with her since she was first discovered I have became very close with Alice, even to the point of seeing her as a second daughter to me. So this is why I have taken it upon myself to be the person to inform her loyal fans and the world of this devastating news, but also to remind people how horrible eating disorders are.
Alice was first discovered when she was 13. I still remember the day when her mum bought her in to apply for a position as a model within our agency. It is a very rare occurrence that we would take on someone of Jane's tender age, but once she was in front of the camera she turned from a shy young girl, to a naturally beautiful and gorgeous lady.
At first she mainly tended to work on small catalogue shoots, which rarely happened due to such a lack of demand of models and such a high amount of young models. But it was when she was 16 she finally was given her chance to shine. She was a runway model for Viviane Westwood during London Fashion Week 2012. Since then she has been in quite a popular demand and has made quite a name for herself in the world of fashion.
However Alice was not the pretty and bubbly girl she appeared to be in the pictures. On the other side of the camera Alice had been battling criticism for her size. At first she was able to shrug off what was said. She believed that she had come far enough to listen to those awful verbal attacks, but one day they truly hit her.
Anorexia and Bulimia are everyday occurrences in the modelling world. It is seen to be the norm to have models who are a size 0. Yet I manage to partly blame myself for what has happened to Alice. Why couldn't I see what was really happening? And why couldn't I stop it?
Anorexia is a mental illness which affects a large amount of both males and females, but still many people can not see what is really happening to the sufferer. Jane spent most of her days around stick thin models, who saw it as the norm to avoid eating. It was inevitable that Jane would eventually copy these behaviours, and unfortunately she gave such a massive sacrifice due to the dream she wanted to live.
My heart goes out to Jane, and I hope all of her fans would join me in saying that this will be a girl who is definitely going to be missed.
Rest in peace Jane