'Face of anorexia' model Isabelle Caro dies aged 28
Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00
ISABELLE Caro, a French model who became a symbol of the fight against anorexia when she was photographed naked for a controversial advertising campaign, has died at the age of 28.
Ms Caro rose to global prominence three years ago when posters featuring her emaciated body were displayed around Milan on the eve of fashion week, sending shockwaves through an industry criticised in some quarters for failing to tackle eating disorders among its models.
The posters were banned by the Italian advertising watchdog but the images went viral online, sparking a debate just months after the deaths of two prominent Latin American models.
Ms Caro, who had struggled with anorexia since she was 13, chose to battle her demons in public in a bid to warn women away from the disease. She appeared on talk shows and wrote a blog and then a book titled 'The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat'.
She died on November 17 but news of her death was kept secret until this week.
The exact cause of death is not known but she was hospitalised for a fortnight with an acute respiratory disease after returning from Japan.
Ms Caro's poster caused anger among some who feared that her skeletal image might inspire young women rather than encourage them. But Ms Caro had always rebuffed such criticism saying she believed most young girls would be repulsed by the poster campaign.
"My anorexia causes death," she explained three years ago. "It is everything but beauty, the complete opposite. It is an unvarnished photo, without make-up. The message is clear -- I have psoriasis, a pigeon chest, the body of an elderly person." (©Independent News Service)