French model Isabelle Caro died after complications with long running difficulties with anorexia, an illness which began at the age of 13.
Before her death, Caro posed naked for an anti-anorexia campaign and the images presented, although disturbing and upsetting, were aimed at highlighting just how destructive the eating disorder can be so that others can work towards freeing themselves of the stigma. In her last months she made herself a martyr for the cause.
Swiss singer Vincent Bigler spoke to the media informing them that Isabelle had died on November 17th, 2010 at the age of 28, when she was seeking treatment for a breathing disorder but stated that the official cause of death was unknown at the time.
In 2007 Ms. Caro was photographed for a series of advertising campaigns pitted against anorexia, but because the images were said to ‘unsuitable’ and ‘distressing’ (surely the point of taking them) the ads were banned in several countries, thus diluting the message somewhat.
The anti-anorexia campaign was launched during a heated debate between major fashion houses over the use of ‘ultra-skinny’ models; something condemned by many sections the media for precisely the same reasons Isabelle was campaigning for – that style icons help breed eating disorders by extolling the virtues of stick like models.
Isabelle told the press: “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.”
But at the time of the campaign she herself was dangerously underweight, her 5ft 4in tall (1.65m) frame weighing in at a painful 32kg (five stone).
Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, Isabelle Caro’s dancing instructor told the Associated Press that Ms. Caro had died upon her return to France after a job in Tokyo.
Vincent Bigler told the Swiss media: “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.”
The model’s family and close friends held a private funeral ceremony in Paris.
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