Hila Elmalich

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Hila Elmalich
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Ilanit Hila Elmalich

(1973-11-14)14 November 1973
Died14 November 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 34)
Cause of deathHeart failure from anorexia nervosa
Years active1986–2007
Modeling information
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue

Ilanit Hila Elmalich (Hebrew: הילה אילנית אלמליח‎; 14 November 1973 – 14 November 2007) was an Israeli fashion model[1] who died of anorexia in 2007.[2] Represented by the Israeli branch of the Elite Model Management modeling agency,[2] she was once a famous fashion model in the country.[3]


On November 14, 2007, on her 34th birthday,[4] Elmalich died weighing 22 kilograms, or 49 pounds,[5] after years of fighting anorexia nervosa.[1] She had been hospitalized several times over the years due to her anorexia nervosa. She finally succumbed to it, collapsing and dying in her home due to heart failure.[6] Her eating disorder had started around the time that she had become a model, which would put her at 13 years old.[5]

Campaign for a minimum BMI for models[edit]

Immediately after her death, Israeli fashion photographer Adi Barkan called her a "sacrifice to fashion".[7] He initiated a worldwide campaign to "change the definition of beauty by encouraging models not to be skinny". Barkan's concern over Elmalich's death led to new body weight and body mass index requirements in Israel in 2012. These requirements do not allow modeling agencies to hire any models who have a BMI (body mass index) less than 18.5, below which is considered underweight. This law means a 5'9" woman would have to weigh at least 129 pounds in order to be hired. This is supposed to encourage models to not be so thin and release the pressure for women to continually lose weight.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Did Model Die From Pressure to Be Thin?" (1/2), 19 November 2007, ABC News
  2. ^ a b "A healthy guide to modeling", 28 November 2007, Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ ""Model Killer: Dying to be Thin"". Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), 16 November 2007, WJLA-TV
  4. ^ "Report: Model Hila Elmalich Dies" Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, 17 November 2007, Entertainment Tonight
  5. ^ a b "Ilanit (Hila) Elmalich, 34, Israel, model, anorexia, Nov. 14". WordPress. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Model Hila Elmalich Shocking Image at Death!". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Ilanit (Hila) Elmalich, 34, Israel, model, anorexia, Nov. 14". THE EULOGIZER. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  8. ^ "Did Model Die From Pressure to Be Thin?". ABC news. Retrieved 26 January 2013.