Isabelle Caro, the French model and actress who allowed her skeletal frame to be photographed and placed on billboards as a warning about the dangers of anorexia has died.
Caro, who was 28, died on Nov. 17 after a working trip to Tokyo, People.com reports.
Her acting coach Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, Caro's longtime teacher told People that while she didn’t know the exact cause of death, Caro had been ill for many years.
Caro allowed her 68-pound body to be photographed nude and at its most vulnerable by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 2007. People were horrified by the sight of the model’s protruding bones, straining against her skin.
The "No Anorexia" poster, which had been splashed on billboards and in newspapers was banned by the Italian government, claiming it commercially exploited the illess, the BBC reported.
Earlier this year, she appeared Jessica Simpson's show the "The Price of Beauty" and talked about her illness.
Through a translator, she said that her desire to be thin began with a fashion designer telling her that she had to lose 10 kilos (about 20 pounds) to make it in the fashion world. Her illness pushed her health to its limits – she had been in a coma in 2006. She weighed only 55 pounds.
After that, she said that she tried to eat and to recover from the illness that plagued her since she was 13.
"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 told AFP in 2007.SOURCE