Thursday, January 20, 2011


Isabelle Caro,(September 12, 1982  - November 17, 2010)

Isabelle Caro, close-up from Nolita billboard ad, September, 2007

Oliviero Toscani's Nolita billboard ad featuring Isabelle Caro

(Jan 20, 2011)

Isabelle's mother has committed suicide:


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As images of her nude, emaciated body flashed around the world, Isabelle became the poster child and face of anorexia.  Oliviero Toscani's billboards featuring her image in Nolita's ad campaign in September 2007 made her instantly famous...not for her brains or beauty but for her deadly illness.

News of her death has been strangely silent.  One of my readers, Gloria, emailed a link to me of a video made by French musician, Vincent Bigler, honouring Isabelle.  Below his video, he posted this message (translated from French):

"Isabel left us on November 17 this year and it is with great friendship and great respect for her that I publish this video, which I hope will continue to fight against this terrible disease.

Isabelle thank you for your courage and for messages that you have managed to pass and that up there, you enjoy what you love, art, poetry, reading and love of people. Vincent"

On Isabelle's Facebook page, her death was announced.  All those who left comments and tributes were stunned by her passing.  Below is the announcement:

My deepest condolences go out to Isabelle's family and friends.  Her death at such a young age is tragic.  My hope is that Isabelle has finally found that peace that eluded her in life.

To read more about Isabelle, please click these links to my previous posts:

April 15, 2008:

March 9, 2008:

February 21, 2008: 

January 17, 2008:

Gloria, I can't thank you enough for writing me about Isabelle's passing and providing me with links and Facebook screenshots.  Your assistance is so appreciated.

~ Medusa


Vincent Bigler's video:

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Lateboomer said...

You're welcome, Medusa.. I wish I could say it was my pleasure to help, but there is no pleasure in any of this.. only tragedy and profound sadness.

Hugs, Gloria xo

topsy-turvy said...

RIP, Isabelle.

Not Waving But Drowning said...

Her passing is profoundly sad. Her legacy is that she spread the word about this disease, so that it wasn't perceived as a glamorous thing. Her eyes looked directly at us when she spoke. Condolences to the family.

Anonymous said...

This is so so sad,condolence goes to her family.

RIP Isabelle,hope you have found some rest now.

Anonymous said...

This is very sad and shocking. I really believed that she'd get through this. She deserved a better life. RIP poor girl. But this was her mission in life: to show people that anorexia is a horrible and deadly disease.

Anonymous said...

I am so saddened by the loss of Isabelle. My husband broke the news to me today when he got home from work... I am so sad.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea that she had passed. That is so sad! Thank you for posting this so I knew about it. I feel so sad for her family.

jadedchalice said...

you will never be forgotten.

isabelle said...

isabelle, i wish you realized your beauty and didn't harm urself. but thank you for spreading the awwareness