Luisel Ramos

Luisel Ramos

Luisel Ramos (born c. 1984 – August 2, 2006) was a Uruguayan model.

On August 2, 2006, at 9:15 p.m., Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosacite web| date = November 18, 2006| url =| title = Tomato diet model dies of anorexia | publisher =Liberty Post| accessdate =2006-11-27] while participating in a fashion show during Fashion Week in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ramos had felt ill after walking the runway and subsequently fainted on her way back to the dressing room. She died at the age of 22. Ramos's father told police that she had gone "several days" without eating. She was reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce leaves and Diet Coke for the three months before her death.cite web| date = October 5, 2006| url =| title = Survival of the thinnest| publisher =The Age| accessdate =2006-11-27] At the time of her death she had a body mass index (BMI) of about 14.5 due to having weighed little more than 7 stone (98 lb, 44 kg) despite being 5 ft 9 in tall (1.75 m).cite web| date = September 21, 2006| url =| title = This is the model who sparked size zero debate| publisher =The Daily Mail| accessdate =2006-11-27] The World Health Organization considers a BMI of around 16 to be starvation.cite web| date = November 17, 2006| url =| title = Model dies of anorexia complications| publisher =CNN| accessdate =2006-11-27]

In the wake of Ramos's death, the Madrid Fashion Week (held in September 2006) set a minimum BMI of 18 for all models. In December that year, Italian fashion designers banned size zero models from walking down their catwalks.cite web| date = Dec 19, 2006| url =| title = Italian fashion designers ban size zero models from the catwalks| publisher =Daily Mail| accessdate =2007-02-14]

On February 13, 2007, Luisel's 18-year-old sister Eliana Ramos, also a model, died at her grandparents' home in Montevideo of an apparent heart attack,cite web| date = February 15, 2007| url =| title = Family tragedy as two sisters, both models, die| publisher =Sydney Morning Herald| accessdate =2007-02-15] believed to be related to malnutrition.cite web| date = February 14, 2007| url =| title = Second model sister dies of malnutrition| publisher =Sydney Morning Herald| accessdate =2007-02-14]


External links

* [ News article: Model Luisel Ramos dies on the catwalk]
* [ Model dies on catwalk]

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