Black clouds covered the modeling industry just recently. Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazilian model lost her battle against anorexia nervosa and bulimia in a San Paolo (her homeland) hospital. She was a model for renowned agencies like Ford, Elite and L’Equipe. She died at the tender age of 21, carrying 88 lbs. in her 5’8 frame. She had a tomato-and-apple diet for couple of months before her various organs failed, causing her tragic death.
Actually, she is the second anorexic model reported to have died in 2006. A Uruguayan model, Luisel Ramos, died at the age of 22, after suffering heart attack due to a three-month lettuce-and-diet-coke diet. She died during a stint in Uruguay, just after she finished her catwalk.
Nowadays, the fight against super(thin)models is emerging in the fashion industry. However, banning of skinny models does not work. For centuries, the industry is somewhat telling us that thin is beautiful. It is rare that we get to see plus size models. If you have seen Tyra Bank’s “America’s Next Top Model“, there was this pluz size model wannabe who reached the top (I forget her name). Well, I was glad to see her there. I just hope that parents are vigilant in imparting to their children that death is the prize to pay if we don’t take care of our body.
Why I am blogging about this? Well, I just want to say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It is not skin-deep, and definitely, not being super thin.