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French model known for anti-anorexia ads dies

GENEVA — A former French model who caused a stir with a 2007 ad campaign in which she was photographed nude with anorexia, died last month at the age of 28, the 20 website reported Wednesday.

Isabelle Caro's boyfriend, Swiss singer Vincent Bigler, confirmed her death, saying she passed away on November 17 after spending about two weeks in hospital with acute respiratory disease although he did not know the cause of death.

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.

"She was hospitalised for 15 days with acute respiratory disease and was recently also very tired, but I do not know the cause of her death," Bigler told the 20

Caro suffered from 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, 20 Minutes said.

Caro said in 2007 she had decided to pose for 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.

According to other reports, news of her death, which was confirmed by her acting coach, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, was only told by the model's family to a few close friends, with a small funeral held for her.

readers' comments
We need to be very careful when dealing with our children. Don't call them fat, you'll never know how it will affect them. Young children can be very sensitive to what we say and do.

It not easy, not to be good parents we must exercise patience under the most trying circumstances. We must try to encourage than than to scold. Sometimes a combination of hard and soft approach works best.

Parenting is a heavy responsibility. How our children turn out depends a lot on how we treat them.
Posted by people on Sat, 1 Jan 2011 at 08:57 AM
Dear AsiaOne

An enlightened person who became aware of the danger of the pursuit of 'slimness' to be 'fashionably' in and beautiful and desirable!

While that 2007 photo caused a stir, I am not sure if the fashion world and the commercial world had truly embraced the mantra to 'tell the truth' and 'Say NO to Anorexia'.

Of course, it was good to see some 'plus size' models these days. Still, the ratio is grossly unequal. Yes?

May she rest in peace now.

And for the rest of the people who want to be slim. Beware of the risk of falling into the 'Anorexia leads to death' trap. Your body, your life, your choice!

Yours regretfully
LU Keehong Mr.
Posted by Lukeehong on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 at 23:01 PM

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