Waitin’ For the Day Heroin No Longer Cashes Out

I first heard about Crystal Renn in the October 2009 issue of Teen Vogue. It was inspiring to see a full-figured model with gorgeous features and a hot attitude. I vowed to pick up a copy of her memoir, Hungry  (but haven’t yet; I’m being fussy with my funds), a first-hand account of her battle with anorexia spurred on by the pressures of the modelling industry.     

 Love the Carmen Miranda-Meets-the 80’s vibe.    

Because of Hungry, she’s known as one of the most vocal models in the name of plus-size women in the world. So it was a little disturbing to see a drastic change in her weight for the Passion for Fashion campaign.     

July 2010


 Here’s a timeline of her widely known editorials/runway gigs.     

Harper’s Bazaar Australia, April 2009 – rockin’ the retro pin-up vibe. Pretty ‘n’ plump.      




V Magazine, January 2010 – In some ways, I think the editorial is cruel because it almost feels like one model’s shape is pitted against the other. To be honest, I’m used to seeing the figure of model Jacquelyn Jablonski on the left, but when compared to Crystal Renn’s on the right, Jaquelyn’s figure looks emaciated, “like parts of her are missing,” as KFK put it. When I mentioned that Crystal Renn is a plus-size model, he said, “She’s a plus-size model??” Mm-hm. The fashion industry is a very warped world.     





Elle Canada, January 2010 – diggin’ it! Old Hollywood glamour never gets old. In this editorial, Renn gets a little bit more slender.     






Weight on her body isn’t so much of an issue as the weight on her eyelashes is. I wish my eyelashes would grow wings like that. New Year’s 2011. You’ll see.     





Chanel Resort 2011 show, May 2010 – I love the part where it notes how Lagerfeld once said that no one would want to see round women. What. An. Ass. Then he puts Renn in his show. I think he may be just as confused as his models.     



In a refreshing way, I think Lagerfeld, who looks like a damn monkey himself, was only speaking the harsh truth of the industry. A part of me feels that Renn has made it so far because she is not that big –she’s pretty normal-sized, actually– and her face maintains its model-like proportions; those angled cheekbones are a shoo-in for modeling jobs.     

Given the state of the world, I wonder which direction the ideal female figure will take; will it shrink along with the economy or will it round out to reflect a more optimistic attitude? From a business perspective, it has done a few designer houses some good to cater even just a little bit to the every woman’s lifestyle (and pocketbook). Besides, it’s such a pain to be constrained on every level imaginable –financially, emotionally, creatively. I think it would be a relief to loosen our belts a little, figuratively and literally.


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