French actress and model Isabelle Caro succumbed to anorexia in December 2010 at the age of 28 after a 15-year battle with the eating disorder. To help raise awareness about the dangerous effects of eating disorders, Isabelle appeared in a provocative Italian advertising campaign that featured her nude, anorexia-ravaged body. At the time of the ad shoot in 2007, 5’4″ Isabelle weighed only 60 pounds.
“The idea was to shock people into awareness,” said Isabelle about the ad. “I decided to do it to warn girls about the danger of diets and of fashion commandments.”
Isabelle also detailed her struggles with anorexia in her 2008 memoir, “The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat.” In the autobiography, Isabelle talks about her overprotective mother, who often criticized her for being too heavy. To stave off weight gain during puberty, Isabella lived on only one square of chocolate per day. She would follow this extreme diet for the next 15 years, often lapsing into delirium and comas.
Isabella told Vanity Fair in 2007, “I wanted to have the body of a child forever, to make my mother happy.”