Crystal Renn Stands Up For Plus Sized Models


As a model who has been lucky enough to succeed as both a “skinny” and plus size model, Crystal Renn believes that expectations for plus size models are unwarranted.

Crystal has been the face and body of Lane Bryant, Torrid, and other plus-size lines. In addition, she’s shared the coveted V Magazine’s Size issue and the Glamour ‘Real Women’ story of 2006.

Crystal has battled anorexia in the past, and has even written about her fights with eating disorders. Earlier this month, Crystal and her rep said that she now embraces healthy living and exercise. She hopes the plus-size industry does the same.

In 2009 (the photo to the above was taken for Lane Bryant in 2009), she appeared on the cover of the book that she wrote titled Hungry, which is about being a plus model in such a body conscious industry. At that time, Renn was a plus-size model. Since then, she has lost the weight, and happily talks about her drop from a size 12 to a size 8. She says plus-size standards wrongly force people into the size 14 and above category.

“If I followed what the public wanted from me…I’d have a binge eating disorder.” Renn says that industry standards of choosing one size over another are erroneous. She says that “health is different for everybody” and is reflected through different sizes.

During an interview this week with ABC News, her agent Gary Dakin, says that she is “in between” plus-size and regular size. He goes on to say that his client is happy who she is, integrating hiking and yoga in her lifestyle daily.

The essential problem with the fashion industry is that they claim that a size 10/12 is plus size…isn’t that a normal, healthy size?