Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model who became a startling face of anorexia in the last years of her career, passed away on Nov. 17, according to her acting coach, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot. Caro had just returned to France after working in Tokyo.
The cause of death is unconfirmed, but Prevot does note that Caro had been “sick for a long time,” referring to her highly publicized battle with the eating disorder, which she’d struggled with for 15 years. Unlike other high-profile anorexics, it’s difficult to find “before and after” photos of Caro, because her disease has been so destructive throughout her entire public life.
In 2007, Caro was featured in an anti-anorexia campaign, with her naked, emaciated body appearing in print ads. She weighed 59 pounds at the time the photograph (above) was taken.
Despite her distressing appearance, Caro worked regularly, appearing in media campaigns for shock purposes. She was featured on Jessica Simpson’s show, “The Price of Beauty,” where she told Simpson, “People are just used to seeing skinny people at the modeling agencies.” The clip is below.