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
Anorexia’s Childhood Roots
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