French Model in Anti-Anorexia Campaign Dead at 28

Isabelle Caro appeared on billboards to warn about disorder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 29, 2010 7:03 PM CST
A screen shot of Isabelle Caro's 'No Anorexia' billboard, via YouTube.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose emaciated image appeared in a shock ad campaign against anorexia, has died at age 28. A friend said she didn't know the cause of death but that Caro "had been sick for a long time," referring to her anorexia. Caro was featured in a campaign called "No Anorexia" in 2007 for an Italian fashion house. Images across newspapers and billboards showed Caro naked, with her vertebrae and facial bones protruding. She weighed about 60 pounds at the time.

Caro said on her blog and in interviews that she had suffered from anorexia since she was 13. She wrote a book published in France in 2008 titled The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat. Caro also spoke out about her anorexia and her efforts to recover, and the menace of eating disorders on the fashion industry. Click here for more, including a video interview with her.

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