Luisel Ramos

Luisel Ramos (12 April 1984 – August 2, 2006) was a Uruguayan model.

Luisel Ramos
Born(1984-04-12)April 12, 1984
DiedAugust 2, 2006(2006-08-02) (aged 22)
Cause of deathHeart failure caused by anorexia nervosa
Modeling information
Hair colorDark Blonde
Eye colorBlue/Green


Ramos was born in La Unión, a middle class neighborhood in Montevideo,[1] the daughter of former football player Luis Ramos, who accompanied the Uruguayan football team in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, and Elsa Arregui, an athlete and gym teacher. Her sister Eliana Ramos was also a model.

Personal lifeEdit


On August 2, 2006, at 9:15 p.m., Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa[2] 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' father told police that she had gone "several days" without eating. She was reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce and Diet Coke for the three months before her death.[3] At the time of her death she had a body mass index (BMI) of just 14.5. She weighed 44 kg (96.8 lbs) at a height of 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in).[citation needed] The World Health Organization classifies a BMI of under 16 as severe thinness.[4]

In the wake of Ramos' death, Madrid Fashion Week (held in September 2006) set a minimum BMI of 18 for all models.[3] In December that year, Italian fashion designers banned size zero models from walking down their catwalks.[citation needed]

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,[5] believed to be related to malnutrition.[6]

Her remains are buried at Cementerio del Buceo, Montevideo.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Modelos Muertas Por Anorexia y Bulimia".
  2. ^ "Tomato diet model dies of anorexia". Liberty Post. November 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
  3. ^ a b "Survival of the thinnest". Melbourne: The Age. October 5, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
  4. ^ "Global Database on Body Mass Index". World Health Organization. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Family tragedy as two sisters, both models, die". Sydney Morning Herald. February 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  6. ^ "Second model sister dies of malnutrition". Sydney Morning Herald. February 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14.

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