Yahoo News is reporting that a French former model who caused a stir with a 2007 ad campaign in which she was photographed nude with anorexia died last month. Isabelle Caro became an international symbol of anorexia in the modeling world when she bared her emaciated frame for pictures by controversial Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani for an anti-anorexia campaign for a clothing company. Caro's boyfriend, Vincent Bigler, confirmed that she died in November after spending two weeks in the hospital with acute respiratory disease. At the time of the campaign, Caro was 5 feet 4 and weighed 70.5 pounds. 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.
In 2007 Caro said she had decided to pose in 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. She was 28.
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