Skip to comments.Brazil Mourns As Anorexia Claims Another Model's Life
Posted on 11/16/2006 12:10:19 PM PST by Froufrou
The mother of a Brazilian fashion model who died from complications of anorexia has made an emotional appeal for parents to take better care of aspiring young models.
The death of Ana Carolina Reston, 21, follows growing criticism of the use of underweight models in the fashion world, an issue given new significance after the death in August of Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos of heart failure during a fashion show in Montevideo.
Reston died on Tuesday in a Sao Paulo hospital from a generalized infection caused by anorexia, an eating disorder in which sufferers obsessively deprive themselves of food in pursuit of an ultra-slim look.
Reston weighed only 88 pounds (40 kg) and was about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Doctors consider the weight normal for a 12-year-old girl about 5 feet tall.
"Take care of your children ... no money is worth the life of your child, not even the most famous (fashion) brand is worth this," her mother, Miriam, told O Globo newspaper.
She said her daughter had been trying to help her family with the money she made as a model. Miriam spoke on national television and to local media to highlight the tragedy.
She said she had pleaded with her daughter to eat more and to see a doctor. "She would reply, 'Mummy, don't mess me around,'" Miriam told O Estado de S.Paulo.
O Dia tabloid carried a picture of the dark-haired, big-eyed girl in lingerie on its front-page with the headline "Dictatorship of skinny look kills a model."
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I have a picture where I weighed 99#, and I was in a ballet company (granted, I wasn't underweight by the 'standards' but you could count my ribs).
And I was told I was too 'fat' too create a good line in dance (yes, I had a butt even in starvation).
Models used to be all sizes....from Mae West types to Audrey Hepburn...
You're right, it all happened sometime around Twiggy, Balanchine and women's gymnastics taking off...
The combination of fashion, art and sports all creating the same 'perfect' female form, that was so narrow a standard that few could attain it without drastic measures.
So now I see 9 year olds with the normal chub pudge of their age 'dieting' like their mama's.
We're either morbidly obese or starving.
YOu are right on the money (as usual). Men in the fashion industry and the movies used to like their women/models more voluptuous and easily distinguishable from Males. Then came the 60s and Twiggy (who would be considered a horse by today's standards). All downhill from there. Clothes suck for the most part and the "gay" designers could care less if women look ridiculous. No dog in that fight, eh!
You're right in the weight range I'm after. I read recently that clothing manufacturers are making clothes larger, and it makes sense. When I was thin, there was no size 0 or 2. I was a 3 in dresses and a 5 or 7 in pants.
So, is they're messing with us a good thing or bad? If we are, as a nation, getting fatter, why'd they add the 0 and the 2.
Well, I'm 5 inches shorter and I....
Love cookies :)
I do think I am seeing a bit of a revolution in the sense that larger sizes are now being marketed in some of the 'nicer' stores.
Heck, you want my money, you make a dress that won't make me look like crap!
"(yes, I had a butt even in starvation)."
Bwahahaha! Me, too. One time a guy in school yelled at me, "that sure is a lot of ham for those two eggs!"
But, my waist was 23 once. I bought Lee Riders at the country western store, size 22 waist, and had to lie flat on the bed and hook a coathanger in the zipper to zip 'em up. It was for Western Day and the only day girls could wear pants to school. The changed that rule the year after I graduated.
This would be me. I weigh somewhere in the range of 110 (maybe a couple pounds more) and am 5'4, which puts my BMI under 19, I think. I wear a size 4, sometimes a 6, depending on the cut of the clothes. It's my high metabolism, which I inherited from my dad's side of the family. I have had plenty of people tell me I look like I don't eat, but obviously they've never been around me at mealtime :) Plus, chasing 3 kids is good exercise!
Stay right there XEN, looking' good.
[ jealous sigh ] My husband is like this, too. The man who wrote The Zone diet says that we sturdier people have been on the planet longer and we're type O blood.
I think he's right. Hubs is 5'9" and barely weighs 130, and is A+. Are you a blood type other than 0?
The size zero has clothing has to do with the 'smaller is better' mentality that permeates everything from fashion, to music, to movies. I've seen Laura Flynn Boyle pictures posted, complete with concave thighs and "I'd hit it!" as a caption.
A woman who was once 'hot' at a size 12 is now obese and disgusting along with the women who are 10, 8 & 6 respectively. There is little room for the majority who aren't in that range.
I actually had a bone thin dance student say "I'm not as small as I look! I'm a way bigger size....6". And she was serious.
I had a friend die of AN back in the 80s. She was literally committed to an asylum. She would do ok while she was admitted, and occasionally I'd see her at the mall "out on pass".
I guess they couldn't keep her forever...last I heard, she ultimately starved herself to death.
She was truly mentally unbalanced.
Everybody's blaming Twiggy, but I remember Twiggy (I'm really dating myself here,) and she was never anything more than a brief fad. Most people I knew, male and female, did not find Twiggy attractive at all. I was naturally underweight at the time, so I was glad to see Twiggy come along because at last there was a model who was thin and flat-chested. (Prior to that, the ideal look was more va-va-va-voom voluptuous.) It was a small comfort, though, because like I said, Twiggy didn't last long and few people really thought she looked good or tried to emulate her.
Yes, I am A+.
"I do think I am seeing a bit of a revolution in the sense that larger sizes are now being marketed in some of the 'nicer' stores. "
I recently was looking through a catalog and was shocked to see "larger" models included randomly included in the spreads. Actually, none of the models were super thin.
We 'big' girls have money too, and we like pretty clothes too!
Again, if you make it, we will buy.
I'd be thrilled to get into a 10 again! A 6 ain't gonna happen. For one thing, gravity has taken hold of me and that slender waist and small torso have gone the wayside. And, at 54, odds are it won't get a lot getter unless I drop some bucks on mesotherapy, etc. Which I will.
They don't call me Froufrou for nothing, ya know! ;o)
Hold on there, lady! That may be what the fags in the fashion industry say ....
But I know I'm not the only man out here what like a gal with a bit o' meat on her bones.
I know ya are hun, but I wish you guys would post more 'I'd hit it' pictures of women who ARE size 12 etc.
It's hard to believe otherwise when 99% of the FR males seem to think size 6 is voluptuous ;) in their postings of 'babes'.
I think Twiggy was a great model with a unique "look". Her face and especially her eyes made her memorable. Teri Reno and other top models before her were on the larger side of B-cup or C but there were not many that really fit the term "voluptuous". Lots of fashion models (as opposed to photographer's models) were flatter than Twiggy before Twiggy.
God bless the woman who knows that zoftig and happy is better than thin and miserable!
I believe Nicole is either anorexic or back on drugs.
A) I'm very happily married, and wouldn't hit it.
B) I'm old enough to be their father. Makes the whole business seem kind of icky.
Even so, I've had my share of things to say about gals who look like 14yo boys with (silicone) boobs. Seems some folks have latched on to the "T" and forgotten about the "A".
I was not miserable when I was thin. I was sought after. Come to think of it, I still get admiring stares from time to time, depending on what I'm wearing.
Lord, preserve us from women without butts!
Palladin, I thought you were a leg man...?
You know it, AB! Making love to a woman with no butt is like making love to an ironing board!
I've done neither.
That is beyond sick. Real men dig curves.
Oh...that was because I liked all those FOXbabes. But you never get to see their butts, because they are always seated (on those high stools).
It is real. It's just not a picture of the person in the story.
Maybe you have factual data to support your comment on those two women in the pictures?
You boys are making me feel better about not looking like Heidi Klum!
Hey - I'm an A+, I chase after three kids, up and down stairs, no less. *sigh*....Darn genetics! I love it when we can blame our parents. Oh, and I'm sure the computer job doesn't help... LOL!
I've always liked curvy ladies. Even my high-school girlfriends tended to have bumps where a gal should be bumpy.
oh.. if they aren't up later, I will . just got in (for a few minutes) and leaving for cancer support group that I facilitate..
For those wondering about the true cause of Cass Elliott's death - she died of a heart attack. She did not choke on a sandwich..
I've wondered the same...not to mention the clothes they model. Who buys them?
Gaultier's biggest winner: runway star Velvet d'Amour
Where were these photos taken? Are you you suggesting that this is a normal fashion show and that ordinary models look like this? What did the email say about them?
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