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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.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Isabelle Caro photo

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

 
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This blog post is about the life-threatening dangers of anorexia, and you cropped the billboard photo and "edited" the full-body video images of Ms. Caro because of nudity?? How childish.

At her skinniest, Ms. Caro looked like the film footage I've seen of Holocaust prison camp victims. I know the modeling industry practically worships skinny models, but it should be criminal to tell an 86 lb model to "lose weight".

It was very difficult to find a "before" photo of Isabelle Caro, but the one I found here shows a pretty, delicate, but healthy-looking blond, not the 90-year-old woman she had become at 28, with a gaunt face, skin splotches, and deformed mouth. The blame goes on fashion designers, who will only design for very small sizes, fashion editors, who will only show emaciated figures,

Can you even say that's the same person?

This is sad, and unless there is some kind of law -- that Caro was working to pass in France -- that prohibits the use of underweight models, things will continue.

I hope she is at peace.

Christie D'Zurilla here from MOG with a gentle reminder that, in general, we don't publish comments that include links -- not enough time to vet them for content.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

//cdz

Oh my gosh! That is so sad that a designer would pressure her to lose weight when she was an already shocking 86 pounds! I'm a youg teen, and I weigh more than her! I weigh about 110 pounds and I'm only about 14. To me hat is sad, because she was so beautiful already, and what Jessica said is true, the thinner you are doesnt make you more beautiful. It pains me to look at the picture of Caro, on the "no anorexia" poster, because she looks like a skeleton and so sick, rather than a healthy model. That's just so sad and that would bring tears to my eyes too. ;(


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