5 July 2010

Crystal Renn - Thin Again

For varying reasons which I won't bore you with now, plus sized fashion (or rather, the lack of it, but that's a post I'll save for another day, another soapbox) is extremely close to my heart.

Likewise, plus size models are an even higher rank in my affection, having laboured many, many hours in my previous job attempting to cast the perfect plus sized beauty. It's a topic I consider myself an expert on.

So I'm sad to see today, whilst meandering through The Cut, some images of Crystal Renn looking pretty much near-typical fashion model size (i.e. UK size 4/6). The former anorexic model, the author of the book 'Hungry' and general spokesperson for keeping yourself healthy in this pressurised, skinny-idolising day and age.

I like models of all sizes. Skinny is beautiful if it happens to suit that particular girl. Large is also gorgeous if it works for her. However, I find it hard not to judge someone who has made herself a spokesperson for the plus sized industry, then dropped out of it pretty much completely.

"I’d love to see [the fashion industry] open their eyes to the variety of women. That variety is what’s beautiful.

Current sample sizes that models are all expected to fit into are ridiculous – a US size zero or British size 4 is the standard. They should go up to a British size 16.

‘I’m not saying all models should be size 16, but bigger dresses can be pinned and adjusted, while tiny size zero clothes can’t really be changed. It means all these models starve themselves, like I did, to fit them."

I can't go into specifics or reasons for Crystal's weight loss, because I don't know them. But the way I see it, the girl who quoted the above is probably not the girl in the picture. Variety is beautiful, but not solely in one person's body.

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