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Brazil Mourns As Anorexia Claims Another Model's Life
Drudge ^ | 11/16/06 | Andrei Khalip

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


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To: Froufrou

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.


51 posted on 11/16/2006 1:03:32 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: dfwgator

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!


52 posted on 11/16/2006 1:03:47 PM PST by Sioux-san (God save the Sheeple)
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To: Xenalyte; Bahbah; najida

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.


53 posted on 11/16/2006 1:03:50 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Bratch
Pssst.... she isn't a virgin...


54 posted on 11/16/2006 1:04:28 PM PST by jdm
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To: Xenalyte

Well, I'm 5 inches shorter and I....
er,
I....

Love cookies :)


55 posted on 11/16/2006 1:05:57 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: Hoodlum91

LOL!

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!


56 posted on 11/16/2006 1:07:23 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: najida

"(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.


57 posted on 11/16/2006 1:08:07 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: najida
....and the 'natural' thin with a BMI lower than 20 are under 8% of the population

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!

58 posted on 11/16/2006 1:08:18 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (The poster formerly known as Okies love Dubya 2--now home again in Indiana!)
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To: Xenalyte

Stay right there XEN, looking' good.


59 posted on 11/16/2006 1:11:08 PM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma; najida

[ 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?


60 posted on 11/16/2006 1:11:42 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

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.


61 posted on 11/16/2006 1:12:14 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: Osage Orange

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.


62 posted on 11/16/2006 1:12:48 PM PST by 2Jedismom (http://kimsbug.blogspot.com/)
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To: All

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.


63 posted on 11/16/2006 1:13:09 PM PST by Nea Wood (Is cheap, illegal labor worth one life?)
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To: Froufrou

Yes, I am A+.


64 posted on 11/16/2006 1:13:41 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (The poster formerly known as Okies love Dubya 2--now home again in Indiana!)
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To: najida

"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.


65 posted on 11/16/2006 1:13:42 PM PST by Hoodlum91 (Tagline needed.)
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To: Hoodlum91

Look,
We 'big' girls have money too, and we like pretty clothes too!

Again, if you make it, we will buy.


66 posted on 11/16/2006 1:19:13 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma; najida

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)


67 posted on 11/16/2006 1:19:29 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: najida
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.

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.

68 posted on 11/16/2006 1:21:44 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

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'.


69 posted on 11/16/2006 1:23:34 PM PST by najida (If it wasn't for fast food, I'd have no food at all.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
"That's sick. She looks like someone from Auschwitz. Why does anyone think that's attractive?"

No one does. Didn't you see the fake warning? It's a photoshopped picture. It's not real, get it?
70 posted on 11/16/2006 1:23:44 PM PST by monday
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To: Nea Wood

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.



71 posted on 11/16/2006 1:26:03 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a Russian AK-47 and a French bikini.)
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To: Froufrou

God bless the woman who knows that zoftig and happy is better than thin and miserable!


72 posted on 11/16/2006 1:26:36 PM PST by Palladin ("Open a new window; open a new door; travel a new highway.")
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To: Lizavetta

I believe Nicole is either anorexic or back on drugs.


73 posted on 11/16/2006 1:28:28 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: najida
Part of the problem there is I'm not much into posting "I'd hit it" pictures because:

A) I'm very happily married, and wouldn't hit it.
and
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".

74 posted on 11/16/2006 1:28:59 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Palladin

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.


75 posted on 11/16/2006 1:29:52 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: najida

Lord, preserve us from women without butts!


76 posted on 11/16/2006 1:29:54 PM PST by Palladin ("Open a new window; open a new door; travel a new highway.")
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To: Palladin; najida

Palladin, I thought you were a leg man...?


77 posted on 11/16/2006 1:31:09 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: ArrogantBustard

You know it, AB! Making love to a woman with no butt is like making love to an ironing board!


78 posted on 11/16/2006 1:31:18 PM PST by Palladin ("Open a new window; open a new door; travel a new highway.")
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To: avacado
Congratulations. You ave fooled all the morons on this thread into thinking that photo is real. You must be so proud. ;o)
79 posted on 11/16/2006 1:31:52 PM PST by monday
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To: Palladin
Heh ... I'll have to take your word for it.

I've done neither.

80 posted on 11/16/2006 1:32:39 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: najida
There are actual pro-Anorexia sites that use pictures like these for "Thinspiration".

That is beyond sick. Real men dig curves.

81 posted on 11/16/2006 1:33:11 PM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Froufrou

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).


82 posted on 11/16/2006 1:33:18 PM PST by Palladin ("Open a new window; open a new door; travel a new highway.")
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To: workerbee
"And there were still probably industry types telling her to lose a couple pounds."

from the article; "Her agency, L'Equipe of Brazil, said on Thursday it had sent Reston to a specialist in eating disorders after she lost her job in Japan for being too thin but she missed her appointments."
83 posted on 11/16/2006 1:33:50 PM PST by monday
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To: monday

It is real. It's just not a picture of the person in the story.


84 posted on 11/16/2006 1:33:50 PM PST by avacado
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To: najida
The bottom picture doesn't look abnormal to me....

Maybe you have factual data to support your comment on those two women in the pictures?

85 posted on 11/16/2006 1:35:42 PM PST by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; Palladin

You boys are making me feel better about not looking like Heidi Klum!


86 posted on 11/16/2006 1:38:16 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

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!


87 posted on 11/16/2006 1:43:18 PM PST by momfirst
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To: najida
"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."

Nonsense. Guys like all shapes and sizes of women. Some would never consider dating a fashion model type and many like women with big everything. The only pressure women have to be thin comes from fashion catalogs and magazines. For instance Playboy Playmates are anything but skinny.
88 posted on 11/16/2006 1:43:20 PM PST by monday
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To: Froufrou

I've always liked curvy ladies. Even my high-school girlfriends tended to have bumps where a gal should be bumpy.


89 posted on 11/16/2006 1:52:56 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: najida
"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."

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I'd hit it;o)
90 posted on 11/16/2006 1:53:05 PM PST by monday
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To: monday

Yeah.

Like that.


91 posted on 11/16/2006 1:54:10 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: boxerblues

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..


92 posted on 11/16/2006 2:02:08 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: monday

93 posted on 11/16/2006 2:05:52 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: monday

94 posted on 11/16/2006 2:09:47 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Psalm 53:1))
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To: avacado
"It is real. It's just not a picture of the person in the story. "

It appears the photo was originally taken from an anorexia fetish site which no longer exists. To suggest that actual fashion models look like that is absurd. They would be laughed off the runway, just before an ambulance was called to take them to the hospital. I realize you were trying to make a point, but being dishonest isn't a very good way to do it.
95 posted on 11/16/2006 2:20:00 PM PST by monday
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To: Revolting cat!

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..


96 posted on 11/16/2006 2:30:34 PM PST by California74
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Who finds these runway cadavers attrative?

I've wondered the same...not to mention the clothes they model. Who buys them?

97 posted on 11/16/2006 2:33:06 PM PST by TankerKC (I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth!)
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To: monday
Actually the photo is real, that one and several others that will make you sick to see were recently sent out in an email.
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98 posted on 11/16/2006 2:34:16 PM PST by boxerblues
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To: Froufrou
http://blogs.smh.com.au/entertainment/archives/fashion_season/006613.html

Gaultier's biggest winner: runway star Velvet d'Amour


99 posted on 11/16/2006 3:05:32 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: boxerblues

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?


100 posted on 11/16/2006 3:42:22 PM PST by monday
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