French 'No Anorexia' model dies at age of 28

Her picture caused a stir, sparking debate in the fashion industry.

French 'No Anorexia' model dies at age of 28

A French model who campaigned against anorexia for an advertising campaign while suffering from the disease has died at the age of 28, French media reported on Thursday.

Isabelle Caro, whose 2007 "No Anorexia" campaign was banned in Italy, died on Nov. 17, but her family asked for her death to be kept private, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

The cause of death was not known but Caro, who had suffered from anorexia from the age of 12, had recently been hospitalised for respiratory problems, the paper quoted her friend, Swiss singer Vincent Bigler, as saying.

Caro hit the spotlight in 2007 when she bared her emaciated frame for pictures by controversial Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani for an anti-anorexia campaign for a clothing company that was released in Milan fashion week.

At the time she weighed just 32 kilogrammes (70.5 pounds) for a height of 1.65 metres (5.4 feet).

Her picture caused a stir, sparking debate in the fashion industry. It was banned by Italy's advertising watchdog while France's authority told French companies not to use it.

Caro suffered with anorexia from the age of 13 and fell into a coma in 2006 when her weight dropped to 25kg. She fought the eating disorder and announced early 2010 that her weight had risen to 42kg.

Caro said in 2007 she had decided to pose Toscani's "No to Anorexia" campaign to alert young women to the dangers of being too thin.

"I thought this could be a chance to use my suffering to get a message across, and finally put an image on what thinness represents and the danger it leads to -- which is death," she said.

Agencies

Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2010, 14:54
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