However, what is NOT beautiful is harming your body to achieve societal standards of beauty (i.e. ANOREXIA). Now that I can say I've worked backstage at several New York Fashion Week shows, I can attest to seeing bones bulging out of uncommon places on the bodies of the "beauties" who walk the runways, and also to hearing comments of how desirable it is to be that thin by intrigued bystanders. These are things I'd only heard of before, but actually witnessing someone say that they longed to have the thin, frail frame of the half-naked model whose spine I could literally see in it's entirety, was quite jarring to say the least.
There is a stigma that plagues a good bit of our society creating a negative image on what many doctors might say is a healthy figure/weight. Which is why I DO see beauty when I look at these anti-anorexia advertisements that were launched in Italy.
The images are scary & appalling, and they relay the point. This is not beauty, this is not ideal, this is a sickness. This is torture.
But I will NOT say that she, Isabelle Caro, lacks beauty, because she does have courage. Even if her reasons for doing this campaign ad were slightly selfish, (not saying they were) it is still an admirable act that has potential to touch someone's life.
Follow the link to see her story.