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It was hard to shake the haunting image of model Isabelle Caro in the controversial 2007 anti-anorexia campaign, in which a nude Caro was rumored to weigh only 68 pounds at the time.
Now, sadly, while that shocking photo lives on, Caro does not. It was reported on Wednesday by People that the model/actress passed away at the age of 28 after battling the disease since she was 13 years old.
While the news of her death was only announced this week, Caro's acting coach Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, revealed she had actually died on Nov. 17, after just having returned from a shoot in Tokyo. Dubreuil-Prevot said that Caro "had been sick for a long time."
Caro's famous image for the "No Anorexia" campaign (which was done by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani) was displayed on billboards and newspapers and garnered a lot of heat from the fashion industry.
PopEater.com reports that at that time designer Giorgio Armani, speaking out against the connection between eating disorders and the fashion industry, argued that, "even people who take no notice of fashion get anorexic."
Still, others had a profound reaction and connection to Caro, including Jessica Simpson, who had her on her VH1 self-esteem reality show The Price of Beauty. Caro spoke openly about her battle with anorexia and body image, a moment that brought Simpson, and undoubtedly countless viewers, to tears.
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