The already-slim teenage models had been told they should reduce weight ‘so their cheekbones were visible’ in order to be given more shoots, said Maria Kokhno, 29, a campaigner for eating disorder victims.
‘Nobody was keen to help the girls, their mother went here and there, hospitals were rejecting them,’ said Kokhno.
Masha can stand up but Dasha is only lying and cannot even lift her head,’
‘The mother contacted TV presenter Elena Malysheva and the Nutrition Institute in Moscow but nobody wanted to deal with ‘living corpses’.
Kokhno said the family reached out to her ‘in despair’ leading to her emotional appeal to assist the girls.
As a result of her plea the girls were rushed to a hospital in Moscow, 265 miles north of their home in industrial city Lipetsk.
Their mother Natalia Ledeneva said, ‘They were told Dasha’s body shape is quite okay but Masha should get rid of couple of kilos. The girls heard it in their own way.
‘These children have always been perfect in everything, so they decided to be perfect here too. It all happened very quickly.
The mother said, her daughters began to reject food and would feed on only salad.
Whatever I did, however I tried to persuade them, it led to nothing.
According to Dailymail, the twins’ modelling school in Lipsetsk has not commented.