The legacy of Isabelle Caro – ‘The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat’

The French model Isabelle Caro lost her battle with anorexia on the 17 November.
The news about her death, came just n the middle of the festive time and made a headlines around the world (strangely enough, 5 weeks after her death). Caro, 28, who since her teenage years was a model – and anorectic, spent the last years of her life trying to share her experience with other models and young girls, who are potentially in the danger zone of sharing her destiny.
Caro was famous for her contribution to a shocking anti-anorexia campaign launched by Bennetton, where she shown off her nude body in the photos shoot by Benetton-Fotograf Oliviero Toscani in order to illustrate what the real anorexia disease is about.

And she was determined to live, pursuing her career in theatre, modelling and actively advocating for recognition of the dangers of her disease. In 2008 she wrote a book ‘La petite fille qui ne voulait pas grossir’ ( ‘The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat’ ) – an autobiography in which she explained the origins of her disease. The book – in French – is available to buy on amazon.com.

(The book has been translated also into Italian under the title: “La ragazza che non voleva crescere”).

In the interview with CBS in 2007 she said among others:


I had a very complicated childhood, very difficult, very painful. My mother’s big phobia was that I will grow. She spent her time measuring my height. She wouldn’t let me go outside, because she’d heard that the fresh air makes children grow, and that’s why I was kept at home. It was completely traumatic.

I’ve hidden myself and covered myself for too long. Now I want to show myself fearlessly, even thought I know my body arouses repugnance. I want to recover because I love life and the riches of the universe. I want to show young people how dangerous this illness is. Just because modeling is seen as glamorous, the industry seems to think this is outside normal health and safety issues. It is time it started taking care of its workers.

See the full interview with CBS by clicking on the images below:

The Face of Anorexia

Shot of the CBS documentary 'The Face of Anorexia' - interview with Isabelle Caro

Anorexia’s Childhood Roots

A shot from the CBS documentary with Isabelle Caro "Fighting Anorexia"

Further reading:

Isabelle Caro’s personal blog “l’anorexie ou la faim de vivre , faire le pas vers la guerison”
A blog about fighting anorexia 2medusa.com
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14 Responses to The legacy of Isabelle Caro – ‘The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat’

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  2. Eantha says:

    I would like to know if and when Isabelle’s autobiography will be published in English. So sad, so very, very sad. Her photos are shocking. I don’t know what else to say…

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  4. maggie says:

    was the book ever translated into english? i’m trying to find it and having no luck.

  5. Stephen says:

    She was a strong brave women, who faught an uphill battle to proove to the world what a terrile thing anorexia can be. Its unfortunate to know that even though she struggled for so long the media and fashion giants will still continue to punt skinny. Its mind altering to see what vanity can do to people. Our lives can some times be so pointless, lets look at the bigger picture.

  6. Samantha Berry says:

    I am glad that she fought back and made that nude shoot to show her body and how it would really look. Good for her, she is a God send. I am also trying to find her book in English.

  7. Leslie M says:

    It is horrible that this is still continuing today… I just read the following article http://www.missance.com/blog/?p=317 on Caro… Wish there were ways in which people could help…

  8. Denise says:

    I am so sorry you passed away. Please forgive me. I’m watching the taboo show and I wanted to congratulate you for being brave. Of course I myself want to lose weight. Its to the point where I am starving myself and I know its not healthy but I want to be skinny. Thank you for opening my eyes. God bless you you beautiful angel.

  9. Cassandra says:

    more articles on Isabelle Caro and her battle with Anorexia can be found on http://www.missance.com/blog/?p=317

  10. Cassandra says:

    and the earlier article http://www.missance.com/blog/?p=85 published in June 2008

  11. brittanty leonard says:

    this girl is inspiring. what she has done is absolutely amazing. she was an amazing young women. i pray on her behalf. rest in paradise beautiful.

  12. i myself have battled with anorexia but lucky i got help when it was in its early stages. this girl has inspired me to make a difference. this girl is beautiful. shes brave for doing what he did. god bless her beautiful soul for what she has done.

  13. M says:

    As a fellow anorexia nervosa sufferer, I would love to read this book.. But sadly, I can not find it in english…

  14. MT says:

    As a fellow anorexia nervosa sufferer, I would love to read this book.. But sadly, I can not find it in english… And I feel that this might some how help me gain the courage to win this battle.

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