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Isabelle Caro, shocking face of anti-anorexia campaign, dies at 28

Her looks spoke of anorexia threat

Isabelle Caro, a French actor and model whose emaciated image in an Italian ad campaign riveted global attention on the problem of anorexia in the fashion world and beyond, has died at the age of 28. Ms. Caro's acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the model died Nov. 17 after returning to Paris from a job in Tokyo. Dubreuil-Prevot said Ms. Caro "had been sick for a long time" and spent years in and out of hospitals. Ms. Caro had said she began suffering from anorexia when she was 13, and she weighed about 59 pounds when the photos that made her famous were taken. After 21-year-old Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston died from the eating disorder, Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani produced a 2007 campaign for an Italian fashion house that plastered newspapers and billboards with a picture of a spectral Ms. Caro looking over her shoulder at the camera, vertebrae and facial bones protruding, under the slogan "No Anorexia." Ms. Caro wrote a book published in France in 2008 titled The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat, served as a member of the jury on Top Model France and worked periodically as a film and television actress. In one appearance, she was interviewed by Jessica Simpson for the VH1 show The Price of Beauty. Ms. Caro's advice for aspiring models: "Believe in life."

Isabelle Caro, shocking face of anti-anorexia campaign, dies at 28 12/30/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:51pm]
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