Isabelle Caro, anorexic model, brought Jessica Simpson to tears
Isabelle Caro, the model whose death after a long struggle with anorexia was made public Wednesday, brought Jessica Simpson to tears on "The Price of Beauty" earlier this year.
Caro's longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said she did not know the cause of death but that Caro "had been sick for a long time," referring to the actress-model's anorexia.
Caro was the focus of a 2007 shock ad campaign in print and on billboards during Fashion Week in Italy that showed her naked, vertebrae and facial bones protruding (see photo below), under the headline "No Anorexia." She said later that she weighed 59 pounds when the shots were taken. She said on "The Price of Beauty" that she was 86 pounds when a designer pressured her to lose weight to model.
"To us, what you're doing right now makes you one of the most beautiful people that we have ever seen," Simpson told a nearly skeletal Caro, referring to her anorexia-awareness work. "And we really just appreciate you sitting in front of us and having such powerful words. God bless you."
Simpson, who has been badgered about her weight, especially during the infamous "mom jeans" period in early 2009, closed the segment with an observation:
"I think it's important for women to know that the skinnier you are," she said, "doesn't make you more beautiful."
On the most recent cycle of "America's Next Top Model," the first girl Tyra Banks and company sent home, Anamaria Mirdita, was dinged in part for her scrawny body, which Banks said did not look healthy. Ann Ward, apparently naturally thin at 18 years old and 6 feet 2, drew some criticism related to her weight as well, after her "ANTM" win.
Caro died Nov. 17, at age 28, after returning to France from a job in Tokyo. Read her obituary here. For more on anorexia, check out Booster Shots' post on the model's battle with the eating disorder.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: A detail from a 2007 billboard featuring French model Isabelle Caro in an anorexia-awareness campaign. The rest of the image is not shown because of nudity. Credit: Alberto Pellaschiar / Associated Press