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When Will it Stop? Another Model Dies

I know people are hesitant to blame the fashion/modeling industry but it is hard to defend the industry when another model passes away from malnutrition.

Eliana Ramos (pictured here) was found dead in her home in Montevideo (Uruguay) by relatives. Preliminary examinations indicated her death was caused by a heart attack from malnutrition. What's even more sad? Last August, her sister, 22-year-old Luisel Ramos, was performing a catwalk show and died shortly after from heart failure caused by malnutrition.

With reports of more models passing away from not eating, it is hard not to point fingers at the modeling industry for causing (or at least aiding) eating disorders. The debate is still open -- Gisele blames parents, but do you? Take the poll, Who do you blame for eating disorders?

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
oh my gosh///that poor family
SugarPrep SugarPrep 9 years
Another one?! Gosh. Think about the days when she was starving to death but could not eat for her dreams..but this is how she ended up.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
poor thing...
honey31 honey31 10 years
Life is not fair death does not care how old you are.Its sad but unfortuntely we dont have control when we are going to die.She was young its sad to think she was not eating to be a model just to bad.
LoveStoned LoveStoned 10 years
It will stop when the parents (and all parents) teach self-esteem and value to their kids and make sure it becomes innate to them. How much are you really willing to give up to get somewhere? I honestly feel the industry has nothing to do with it because at the end of the day, we can only control ourselves (and offspring, if that applies to you). ***"And yet, let them scorn me as they will, strong traits of their nature have intertwined themselves with mine."- Nathaniel Hawthorne
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Of course the girls had some responsibility here, but that lifestyle, the glamor, personal self esteem, financial needs, etc. all become at risk and the perspective can get lost to the person in that situation. There are chemical changes and actual physical triggers involved here and the person becomes no longer able to make rational decisions for him/her self. At that point, neither parents, friends, doctors, or the industry may be able to reverse the thought process effectively. For that reason, I look to the industry to accept the part it plays in starting that vicious cycle - and to accept that it runs the real risk of being the first fatal step in altering many lives forever.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Nothing out of the ordinary? A heart attack for an 18 year old is not normal.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I think perhaps the pics were taken when they were at a healthier weight, because apparently one of them was 5'9" and under 100 lbs when she died.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
I think people need to make responsible choices. She could have easily have gone into to print modeling where weight is less of an issue. If you know your body type is not stick thin you honestly shouldn't force it to be. The industry (of course)contributes but at the end of the day you are the one whose in control of your body and you need to make good decisions for your health.
carito8 carito8 10 years
And because the sister was a model and all that they just assume that maybe was because of malnutrition...and they would probably will do the same with her , plus the media attention I don't think is helping. I read nasty things all over the Internet, the only right reports were in Spanish papers from Uruguay. The media has to be more tasteful they weren't just models they were daughters, etc.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i dunno, sometimes i think even docs get affected by their own judgements too. maybe they were already thinking in their heads its malnutrition and anorexia etc, and so they saw the symptoms they wanted to see, and closed the case? i dunno. its a possibility.
sticker sticker 10 years
If it was known that the first sister died of something genetic they would have researched the second sister too immediately. And then it would be clear that the cause of dead was something genetic. And since that is not the case, i don´t know.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Yes, when I saw that girl's picture I didn't think she looked incredibly skinny. I thought she looked pretty decent for what I assume is her tall height. But I do agree that something needs to be done to change the way society views "beautiful" and "perfect size".
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I bet they both had a genetic heart defect of some sort... Maybe the dieting (I'm not saying they dieted, only speculating) and lifestyle exasperated the defect.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I think if the first sister died of heart events related back to anorexia, this girl wouldve learned her lesson. Clearly its biologic and both had a fatal heart condition. Its sad either way though.
anabj anabj 10 years
i can´t imagine the pain of their parents. It has to be so hard to lose your two daughters within 7 months...
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yea i saw this in the papers this morning. you know whats odd, they both dont look that skinny (as compared to others) so perhaps there might be underlying factors? after all they ARE sisters, it might have something to do with genes too??
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
This is too sad.
carito8 carito8 10 years
News in Uruguay said that she died from a heart attack and that neither sister suffer from eating more likely that both sisters had a heart condition which caused a sudden unexplained death....this could be genetic(that could explain both sisters dying same way).Heart failure has many different causes and happens to any type of person so I don't think is right for the media to judge and just because they were models assume that they were anorexics.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
The article says that at the time of the report a conclusive reason for her heart attack was not know, but I think the conclusion was drawn because heart failure can be one of the results of anorexia. It could have been something as simple as exercising too intensly when she wasn't consuming enough calories. No matter what the cause it is very sad and my prayers go out to the parents who have lost their two beautiful daughters.
BellaCalla BellaCalla 10 years
Umm actually nothing in that article says that eating disorders or malnutrition were the cause of either of the two sisters' heart attacks. In fact the judge said that "nothing out of the ordinary" caused them - it was the article itself that made the connection to anorexia.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Blame the industry for their extreme demands on measurements and sizes. Blame the media for brainwashing people in thinking what is desireable and beautiful. Blame pushy parents who want their children to go far as models or being an unattainable body type....but not mindful, conscientious parents who do their jobs and support their children and watch out for their well-being and individuality.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
I do not blame the parents because if modeling is a child/teen/young adult's dream, they will do whatever it takes to get there and would lie to parents, friends and doctors if need be... I do blame the industry since they are the ones who set the modeling standards for looks and size. If the industry took a stand and refused to accept these malnourished girls... with a % requirement for body fat - then you can be sure the required % body fat is exactly what these models would strive for... and achieve.
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