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Isabelle Caro, French Model and Anti-Anorexia Symbol, Dies at 28

Dec 30, 2010 – 9:02 AM
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Dana Kennedy

Dana Kennedy Contributor

Isabelle Caro, a French model and actress whose emaciated image became a symbol of the tragedy of anorexia, has died. She was 28.

Caro died Nov. 17 after she returned to France from a trip to Tokyo. It was not immediately clear why it took so long for the information to come out, The Associated Press reported today.

The cause of death was not announced.
Isabelle Caro
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At left, an Italian advertising campaign in 2007 featured French actress and anorexia sufferer Isabelle Caro. At right, Caro, who died in November, attends Italy's "Barbareschi Sciok" TV show last March.

Caro, who said she developed anorexia at 13, was best known for a fairly shocking Italian ad campaign she was featured in three years ago. The photograph, showing an emaciated and nude Caro, was shown on newspapers and billboards throughout Europe with the words "No Anorexia."

Caro, who was 5-feet-4, said later that she weighed about 59 pounds when the photos were taken. She struggled with anorexia her entire adult life and was frequently in and out of hospitals, her acting instructor said today.

Her death and her illness "are an absolute waste," Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot said, according to AP.

Her agent, Sylvie Fabregon, told the AP that the ad campaign was intended "to show what it is like to be anorexic." But Caro's efforts to show the horror of her illness sometimes backfired, as she was also featured on a number of pro-anorexia websites as a positive example of how to be thin.

In 2008, she wrote a book titled "The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat."

Read more at The Associated Press.
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