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    Thumbs up Plus-size model Crystal Renn fits in her own skin

    Plus-size model Crystal Renn fits in her own skin

    (Yummy, those thighs could crush my head...)





    This Oct. 4, 2005 file photo shows French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier taking the catwalk with model Crystal Renn at the end of the presentation of his Spring/Summer ready to wear 2006 collection in Paris.

    (08-27) 12:57 PDT NEW YORK, (AP) --
    Crystal Renn was miserable as a super-thin model who had heart palpitations when she'd worry that there might be calories in Diet Coke.
    Her moment of epiphany came when "I couldn't walk another step without being exhausted, or having hair clumps falling out." She knew she needed to live in the body she was supposed to have specifically a curvy size 12.
    In a new memoir "Hungry," Renn, now a plus-size model, exposes her struggles with weight, health and self-esteem, fueled by the industry she says she still loves.
    That is, she loves it now that she has been accepted even embraced by the fashion world.
    "I got to my lowest point, when I couldn't go lower, and it was either, `I'm going to die and not accomplish the dream,' or, `I can become a plus-size model and keep the dream,'" she said in an interview. "I am healthy now, the healthiest I've ever been in my life both physically and mentally."
    Writing "Hungry" with Marjorie Ingall for Simon & Schuster was an important part of the healing process, said Renn, 23.
    She had told her story before, but always in a quick hit for some magazine celebrating the novelty of an hourglass shape on its pages. The book is her attempt to move the needle on how people everyone from wide-eyed young girls to jaded fashion insiders perceive beauty.
    "I'd like to see everyone take on the attitude that there are women of all different shapes and sizes as `the beauty ideal,' and that it's not one type or another. There are women who are naturally a size 2 you can't forget them, and that's discrimination the other way," Renn said. "All women bring something different to the table and we have to appreciate them all."
    Some in the fashion, modeling and magazine industries have been receptive to the idea, she said, noting that she's still working with her fuller figure in Vogue, Glamour, on the runway with Jean Paul Gaultier and in ads for Dolce & Gabbana.
    It's often not the typical "pretty girl" who makes the biggest splash anyway, she said, explaining that when a modeling scout first laid eyes on her as a chubby cheerleader, he was the only person other than her mother who said she was beautiful.
    Still, Renn is not ready to declare that runways will be filled with curvy types anytime soon.
    "I believe there is a cycle to everything Wall Street, the housing market, and modeling, too. Back in the Victorian days, it was all about a full figure, in the '50s, it was about the boobs, in the '80s it was shoulders and in the '90s it was waifs," she said. "It can only go up from here."
    In the more recent past, say 2008, Renn writes in her book that she started to see a greater variety of models on the designer catwalks, and we're not just talking some size 2s and 4s. There also were girls with different hair color, skin color and body types, she observed.
    Fashion alone isn't to blame for the idea of carbon-copy beauty, nor is it to blame for all the girls out there with eating disorders, Renn said. But she added that fashion does help create the lens through which others, like the chubby cheerleader she was in Clinton, Miss., see themselves.
    In hindsight, however, she cringes at her early modeling photos, as she focuses on the graying skin and lifeless eyes. Once she joined the "12+" group at Ford Models, Renn said she finally started seeing images of the young woman she knew she was meant to be.
    (On the day she decided to switch gears of her career, she celebrated with a salad with salmon and nuts on it. It was, she wrote, a really big deal.)
    Renn's favorite photo of herself was shot in 2004 by Steven Meisel for Vogue. It emphasized her mane of raven-colored hair and real cleavage.
    "That shot I knew this is my moment. I remember him saying, `We've got it,' and I remember thinking, `This is my time.' Everything I was working toward, taking a chance on becoming a plus-size model, following my dream, and now everything is happening in front of my eyes," Renn said.
    The American edition of Vogue is unrivaled in its power in fashion publishing. Using plus-size models is not the norm, but it's not unheard of, and there is an annual issue that celebrates the idea of "shape."
    The Meisel picture "is a quintessential Vogue portrait, taken by one of our most important photographers and styled by one of our important editors," said spokesman Patrick O'Connell. "And Crystal certainly is a beautiful model."
    Renn has taken her mind off 24-7 dieting and is more involved in the lives of her friends and family, she said.
    Flashes of fears about her thighs the bane of her skinny-model time of her life still cross her mind, but she has learned to get over them quickly: She'll find her "positives" to distract her.
    "I love my cheekbones. I highlight them," she said. "I also love my eyebrows. I have good thick healthy hair and that shows how far I've come."

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    Plus size eyebrows!
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    I remember reading about her years ago.. she's very pretty.. very healthy.. oozes confidence. Looks a bit like Rachel Weisz in that first photo.

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    gorgeous!
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    So am I gathering that she was starving herself in pics 2 and 3?
    Massive boob difference. Why is it that even if I ate myself into oblivion, my boobs would still probably insist on being their tiny selves...
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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post


    Good lord she's only 23?!?! I would have guessed she was at least 30+ by the first picture! Anyways, she is gorgeous, however in the pic above she looks very ill...she definitely looks better with meat on her bones.

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    She is lovely, now.

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    I find this article and the pictures inspiring and I will try to buy her book. I think finding the BALANCE is the best thing to do, same in building shaping your body - she seems balanced out at 12+, mind you she seemed ok but thin before but if it was a struggle to keep that appearance then it wasn't right (the requirements of mental-physical balance didn't meet)

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    She looks much more beautiful and voluptuous with the bigger body.

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    she probably wouldnt be so 'plus size' (not that she's fat) but would be thinner naturally had she not starved herself and screwed her metabolism up. now her body will cling to every thing she eats and she will be bigger eating less than a person who hasn't starved themselves would be eating the same amt of calories.

    i wonder if your body ever grows out of starvation mode.

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    looking at the 1st pic i expected her to be her in 30s as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annika View Post
    she probably wouldnt be so 'plus size' (not that she's fat) but would be thinner naturally had she not starved herself and screwed her metabolism up. now her body will cling to every thing she eats and she will be bigger eating less than a person who hasn't starved themselves would be eating the same amt of calories.

    i wonder if your body ever grows out of starvation mode.
    i always wondered if this was true?
    I have two friends who used to be catwalk models(fairly successful too) both had issues with eating. They both passed their prime(at age 25.. i mean seriously wtf kind of career you're considered old at 25!!)
    anyway they both got help and stopped whatever they were doing but now their weight is a little higher than what you would expect. not overweight just chubby all over.

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    She reminds me of a young Ali McGraw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annika View Post
    she probably wouldnt be so 'plus size' (not that she's fat) but would be thinner naturally had she not starved herself and screwed her metabolism up. now her body will cling to every thing she eats and she will be bigger eating less than a person who hasn't starved themselves would be eating the same amt of calories.

    i wonder if your body ever grows out of starvation mode.
    It's very hard to get your metabolism up to speed, so to speak, once you start eating somewhat normally after starving yourself for an extended period of time. Even now, 3 years after eating 200-600 calories daily for a period of 2 years, I can't eat a lot of normal foods because my body does not know what to do with the calories, my metabolism isn't fast enough to burn it off, and it ends up being stored as fat.

    Seriously, it sucks.

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    She is much more beautiful with some meat on her bones. Gorgeous girl!

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