Toscani turns heads again with image of anorexia
Tuesday 25 September 2007
Oliviero Toscani has done it again. The man who thrust huge images of Aids victims, Death Row inmates and newborn babies at us, in the guise of selling Benetton jumpers, is back. This time he is selling the frocks and blouses of a company called Nolita through images of a naked sufferer of anorexia.
The campaign erupted in Italy just as Milan Fashion Week, the target of a government campaign to drive stick-thin models from the catwalks, got under way.
The woman in the photograph, Isabelle Caro, 23, has been suffering from anorexia for 15 years and weighs less than five stone. "I have hidden and covered myself up for too long," she told Italian Vanity Fair. "Now I want to show myself without fear, even though I know that my body is repugnant. The ... suffering I have experienced only makes sense if they can be of help to others who have fallen into the trap from which I am trying to escape."
The image that was splashed across billboards and a double page of La Repubblica newspaper had been approved by the Health Minister, Livia Turco. About two million Italians are affected by anorexia and/or bulimia.
But others were angered by the image. Fabiola De Clerq, of ABA, which studies anorexia, called it "useless and damaging", adding: "It even risks sparking a competition for extreme thinness among the sick."
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...
£19200 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Are you a ...