Ana Carolina Reston

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Anna Carolina Reston
Born Ana Carolina Reston Macan
(1985-06-04)June 4, 1985
São Paulo, Brazil
Died November 14, 2006(2006-11-14) (aged 21)
Cause of death Infection caused by eating disorder
Years active 1998–2006
Modeling information
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Hazel

Anna Carolina Reston Macan (June 4, 1985 – November 14, 2006) was a Brazilian fashion model.

Reston was born to a middle-class family in Jundiaí, on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. At the age of 13, she began her modeling career after winning a local beauty contest in her hometown in 1999. Despite being shorter than the usual model at 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in), she was represented by renowned modeling agencies such as Ford, Elite and L'Équipe in countries such as China, Turkey, Mexico, and Japan, and appeared in prestigious ad campaigns such as Giorgio Armani. During her career, she listed her height as just over 5 ft 7 in.[1]

In January 2004 Reston made her first overseas trip to Guangzhou, China. While attending a casting call there, she was reportedly informed that she was 'too fat', a criticism, it has been said, that led to her decline into anorexia nervosa.[2] The model's cousin reported that Reston also suffered from bulimia nervosa.[3]


Reston died on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006. At the time of her death, Reston weighed just 40 kg (88 lbs) at a height of 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in), and had been hospitalized since October 25, 2006, for kidney malfunction due to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, which included a diet consisting only of apples and tomatoes. She had a body mass index (BMI) of only 14.1, well below the index value of 16 which the World Health Organization considers to be severe thinness.[4] Her condition became more serious and deteriorated into generalized infection that led to her death at the age of 21.

Reston's mother Miriam told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, "I noticed something was wrong when she returned from Japan. She was too thin when she returned and when I told her to eat something, she would say: 'Mom please don't fight with me; there is nothing wrong with me, I'm fine.'"[5]

Reston was the second model who was reported to have died of anorexia-related complications in 2006, after 22-year-old Luisel Ramos.

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