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Ana Carolina Reston killed by a diet of apples and tomatoes?

Carolina Reston
Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston was killed by a diet of just apples and tomatoes. The 21-year-old was buried in her native Brazil yesterday. She died earlier on Tuesday weighing just 39 kilograms/88 pounds (we reported) after being hospitalised for kidney failure – and a relative has revealed she only ate the two fruits in the months leading up to her death .
Cousin Geise Strauss says, “She liked apples and she adored tomatoes as well – but that was about it.” Published reports reveal the model received treatment for anorexia, but bosses at one of her main agencies, L’Equipe, insist they had no idea she was ill.
In a statement released to US news show “Entertainment Tonight” yesterday, a spokesman for L’Equipe said, “We don’t force our professionals to be ‘very thin.’ Those who have the a naturally thin biotype work in fashion and those who haven’t are addressed to advertising.
“After (she) had to be admitted in the hospital, she was frequently visited by an employee from the agency. All medical staff responsible for her was extremely worried, because she complained from pain in the kidneys and had a profile of generalised infection.
“L’Equipe would like to reinforce that its philosophy has always included the concern about the professionals’ health, including their diet and physical activities. We are deeply sorry about what happened to Ana Carolina Reston. Even in these dark times, we have never stopped helping the model and her family.”
Meanwhile Ana Carolina’s mother has made an emotional appeal for parents to take better care of aspiring young models.
The death of Ana Carolina Reston 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 (read here) of heart failure during a fashion show in Montevideo.

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