A Letter to Bon Appétit Magazine

Bon Appétit magazine included this obnoxious interview in their most recent issue. It really annoyed me, so I did what my mother would do: I wrote a letter. Here is this article, followed by my letter to the editor.

How Does Kelly Wearstler Do It?

POSTED BY Alyssa Shelasky
With a design empire that includes interiors, architecture, and now fashion, Kelly Wearstler tackles 30 meetings a day on a diet of boot camp and beet juice. How does she juggle it all? While she has no appetite for empty calories, she certainly has taste.

You started out in interior design, but your company has grown in recent years.
Kelly Wearstler: I’m a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle. I’m 100 percent involved with 100 percent of my projects. I choose every hinge, every button, each lightbulb.How do you start the day?
I go to Barry’s Bootcamp at 5:30 a.m., seven days a week. It’s me and a bunch of Hollywood hot-shots. I’ve heard we burn 800 calories per class.Sounds intense. Do you hydrate?
KW: I drink water mixed with Miracle Reds or Miracle Greens, with drops of plankton. Later in the day, I drink water with lemon, and alkaline water with cayenne extract.You must be starving after that workout!
KW: Not for a while. After I drop my sons off at school–they still let me walk them into class–I get a double dry nonfat macchiato at Urth Caffé. And for the rest of the day, I juice.Wow. What’s your juicing ritual?
KW: I get juices at Erewhon. I usually start with a “Superfood” juice. By noon, I get a kale, spinach, lemon, ginger, and E3Live juice. I avoid orange- and pineapple- based juices–too much sugar. A little beet juice is sweet enough for me.

What about real, solid food?
KW: Besides almonds or granola, I don’t eat a lot during the day–juicing is what gives me energy.

Do you cook or bake?
KW: I’m not the bake-sale-mom type–though once in a while, I’ll make challah French toast for my sons.

What about for dinner?
KW: That’s the one meal I sit down to enjoy. Simple things like roast chicken and big salads, and beans, lentils, and hummus.

Do you have a favorite restaurant?
KW: My husband and I go to Il Fico every Friday, and I get the whole-wheat pizza. I won’t eat pizza anywhere else!

Your schedule sounds nuts. Do you sleep like a baby?
KW: Yes! We go to bed early. Last night, I fell asleep with my kids at 8:45.

Do you wear Kelly Wearstler-designed pj’s?
KW: I wear a little bathrobe over a Cosabella thong. When I take off the robe for bed, sometimes my husband is like,”Ooooh.” And I’m like, “Sorrrry!”


Dear Bon Appétit editors,

“I’m not the bake-sale-mom type”. No kidding.

I found my self in a state of anxiety and confusion after reading the article, “How Does Kelly Wearstler Do It?” I quite honestly don’t care. If this woman wants to wake up at 5 a.m. seven days a week to sweat out all the “alkaline water with cayenne extract” and then fall asleep before her seven year-old has finished digesting his once-in-a-blue-moon Challah bread toast treat, then good for her, but the rest of the normal, balanced audience that your magazine caters to does not need to know about this. A piece about a woman with extreme eating habits such as juicing belongs in Cosmo or People or another magazine that promotes unhealthy, unbalanced, and extreme diets to its up-and-down, food-and-calorie-obsessed readers.

Bon Appétit gives readers all sorts of wonderful recipes, some on the healthier side and others that would have Paula Deen salivating at the mouth. What was the point of including this article? To make all your readers second guess their forgoing the gym and sleeping in on Saturday mornings, or not asking for a shot of sugar free vanilla the last time they were at Starbucks? What is a “double dry nonfat macchiato” anyway? Did they just give her a paper cup and send her on her merry way?

“While she has no appetite for empty calories, she certainly has taste.” Well, it seems to me that Ms. Wearstler doesn’t have much of an appetite for much of anything that my pet rabbit wouldn’t like, and if that’s how she lives her life, then that’s how she lives her life. But giving this article the title, “How Does Kelly Wearstler Do It?” makes readers feel that this is amazing, something to aspire to, and that we should all “we are not worthy” her (à la Wayne’s World) or something. Totally unnecessary for Bon App to run this.

I hope you continue promoting healthy, balanced meals and recipes, and discontinue any articles that might make weight-concerned or impressionable readers feel bad about themselves, their normal eating habits, and their generally healthy lifestyles. Extremes are never good, and not very Bon App.

Thank you, Alice Egan

About alicestockwellegan

Language and culture enthusiast from New York living in San Francisco.
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2 Responses to A Letter to Bon Appétit Magazine

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  2. JMPW says:

    Kelly Wearstler has increasingly expressed a deeply troubling pro-ana position. First it was her defense of her emaciated models, her incredibly shrinking self and the Bon Appétit interview where she revealed that it’s juice and a few almonds that get her through her days. Now she has named her sunglass line ANOREXXY. It’s shameful to make light of a mental illness and disease that effects so many and claims so many lives.


    Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

    A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover.

    The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old.

    20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems.

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