Paris, France (CNS) – Anorexic model Isabelle Caro has died. The 28-year-old French model and actress, who had posed naked for a “No Anorexia” campaign in 2007, passed away on November 17 in France, but her death has just been announced.
Her longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said that she passed away just after returning from a job in Tokyo, Japan. The cause of death wasn’t revealed, though the instructor acknowledged that she “had been sick for a long time.” A funeral was held in Paris.
Caro, who stood at 5ft. 4in. and reportedly weighed at 68lbs., infamously showed off her extremely emaciated naked body when she appeared in an ad campaign under the headline “No Anorexia.”
The image, photographed by Oliviero Toscani in 2007, appeared across newspapers and billboards throughout Milan during fashion week, and was paid for by Italian clothing company Flash & Partners for its young women’s brand Nolita.
The fashion house said that the photo aimed to “use the naked body to show everyone the reality of this illness, caused in most cases by the stereotypes imposed by the world of fashion.”
Caro wrote on her blog site at that time, “I’ve hidden myself and covered myself for too long. Now I want to show myself fearlessly, even though I know my body arouses repugnance.”
The model had been suffering from anorexia since the age of 13 as the result of a “difficult childhood.” She had been hospitalized several times for malnutrition as a child, and in 2006, she fell into a coma when she weighed only 55lbs.
She appeared on Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty” show earlier this year and discussed her body image issues.