For 15 years, model/actress Isabelle Caro battled with anorexia, and last month it finally took her life.
Isabelle Caro’s death came just after she did a show in Tokyo, according to Daniele Dubreuil Prevot. She was only 28.
Such an incredibly sad situation and such a devastating disease. Isabelle Caro made herself completely vulnerable by exposing her anorexia in order to help others. She starred in multiple campaigns to show the reality of anorexia, and prove that it is anything but glamorous. Isabelle Caro’s most recognized ad campaign is the “No Anorexia” ads shot by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani. Isabelle Caro weighed only 59 pounds in the “No Anorexia” photos.
Isabelle Caro had a very difficult childhood. Her mother, for some odd reason, was terrified of her daughter growing. (This is probably where the seed of Isabelle Caro’s anorexia was planted.) Her mother spent hours measuring her, trying to prohibit her body from developing.
In Isabelle Caro’s own words: “I had a very complicated childhood, very difficult, very painful. My mother’s big phobia was that I would grow. She spent her time measuring my height. She wouldn’t let me go outside because she’d heard that fresh air makes children grow, and that’s why I was kept at home. It was completely traumatic.”
If you are interested in learning more about Isabelle Caro, she wrote a book in 2008, The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat. I see the book is quite hard to locate, but will see if I can find it for purchase if any of you are interested. It was published in France, so finding a translated version may be impossible.
The story of Isabelle Caro is truly upsetting. It is an outrage that so many girls, women and even some men are struggling with anorexia. I think most of us have body image issues because of society and our fascination with the perfect body, youth and beauty. The bizarre thing is, many of us also contribute to it.
Hopefully Isabelle Caro’s death will not be in vain. For those young girls who think anorexia is glamorous and “thinspiration” is inspiration, maybe they will see the reality of what it is. It is not pretty. It is being trapped inside your own body and it is depriving yourself of life.
In closing, Isabelle Caro appeared on Jessica Simpson’s short lived reality show, Price of Beauty. In the video, you can see in Simpson’s face how painful it was to see Isabelle Caro in person. “You could see her bones,” said Simpson.
Seeing Isabelle Caro in this video is something you will never forget. Bless her soul, and hopefully she is finally at peace. R.I.P.