‘Dying’ To Be Thin…
When I was younger and (slightly) stupid I used to have this photo stuck on my wall as ‘inspiration’. My bf was constantly telling me she looked ridiculous, was way to thin, “why would you want to look like that”…
Like I said young and (slightly) stupid.
This morning my friend emailed me that another model had died – from anorexia.
I began Googling away and realised that this ‘inspiration’ I used to have was actually a functioning (and slowly dying) anorexic who somehow occasionally made it onto the runway masquerading as a model.
“A FORMER French model who caused a stir with a 2007 ad campaign in which she was photographed nude with anorexia, died at the age of 28.
Isabelle Caro’s boyfriend, Swiss singer Vincent Bigler, confirmed her death, saying she passed away on November 17 after spending about two weeks in hospital with acute respiratory disease although he did not know the cause of death.
Caro hit the spotlight in 2007 when she bared her emaciated frame for pictures by controversial Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani for an anti-anorexia campaign for a clothing company that was released in Milan fashion week.
At the time she weighed just 32 kilogrammes for a height of 1.65 metres.
Her picture caused a stir, sparking debate in the fashion industry. It was banned by Italy’s advertising watchdog while France’s authority told French companies not to use it.
Caro suffered with anorexia from the age of 13 and fell into a coma in 2006 when her weight dropped to 25kg.
Caro said in 2007 she had decided to pose Toscani’s “No to Anorexia” campaign to alert young women to the dangers of being too thin
“I thought this could be a chance to use my suffering to get a message across, and finally put an image on what thinness represents and the danger it leads to – which is death,” she said.” – news.com.au
Here is the mentioned advertisement –
If one thing can be learnt from yet another model ‘dying to be thin’, its that young girls really need to know the damaging effects that ‘a bit of dieting’ can lead to; aided by the influences of the media industry and their perceptions of the completely false and idealistic notion of beauty.