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Ethics Blog 5

Young Woman in Ethics Debate over Super-Skinny Models Dies

Jan 3rd, 2011 • Posted in: News

She had posed for shocking skeletal photos used as centerpiece in campaign against eating disorders


Isabelle Caro, the former model who became a symbol of the ravages of anorexia and played a role in stoking criticism of an industry sometimes accused of ignoring eating disorders among models, died at the age of 28.

She died in November but news of her death was kept secret until last week.

CNN reports that the cause of her death was unclear as was the reason for suppressing the information.

Images of the skeletal Caro, who was said to weigh only 59 pounds when the pictures were shot, were splashed on billboards across Italy in 2007 in an effort to promote awareness of eating disorders, according to London’s Daily Mirror.

Caro had posed for the photos in the midst of a fiery ethics debate on the use of ultra-skinny models on the catwalk, according to a report from the BBC.

She reportedly said at the time: “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.”

This is a highly debated topic today. Many younger women want to be like these models that they see on tv. Is it ethical to be unheallty skinny and have younger women wanting to be liek you? I think that this is their own choice but if it is going to interfere with their health, then it should not be done. As in this case, being too skinney to try to look "good" as a model proves to be unhealthy and life ending.


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