Friday, December 31, 2010

Anorexic French Fashion Model Starves

Dec. 31, 2010

French model and actress Isabelle Caro, whose anorexia-ravaged body was featured in a shocking 2007 advertising campaign, has died.

The young woman's acting coach, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, revealed Caro died on Nov. 17, at the age of 28, according to reports. She had just returned to France after completing an assignment in Tokyo.

Caro's longtime teacher said she didn't know the cause of death, but she spoke of Caro's battle with anorexia, adding that her student – who said she suffered from the illness since she was 13 – "had been sick for a long time."

The model is known for her appearance in a fashion ad campaign by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 2007, when the photo above was taken. Caro's naked body was shown with her skeletal frame and facial bones protruding. The images were splashed in newspapers and on billboards with the headline "No Anorexia."

The enormous pressure on fashion models to stay skinny has led to heated debates between the governing bodies of several fashion groups. Most notably, Latin American countries have enforced minimum weight requirements to protect the health of the models, while European fashion groups have fought to keep models super slim.

Reports of fashion models who eat only one leaf of lettuce for lunch in their never ending quest to stay slim have led to public outcries to regulate the weights of models. The fashion industry responds with "Slim sells."

Earlier this year, Caro made an appearance on Jessica Simpson's show "The Price of Beauty" to discuss body image issues. In November, her bill came due.

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