You've probably heard of the gorgeous plus-sized model Crystal Renn. She's been modeling since she was 14 years-old and has appeared on four international Vogue covers, walked down countless runways and has even written a memoir. Her memoir, entitled Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, describes her battle with anorexia nervosa and the tough world of modeling.
After starving herself for years, Renn decided enough was enough and gained 70 lbs, going from a size 0 to a size 12. Since becoming a plus-sized model, Renn has been an advocate for an end to size discrimination in the modeling industry.
Renn's efforts to change the fashion industry has been warmly received. Photographers and designers alike have embraced her womanly curves, allowing her to step out of the the box that is the size-zero.
However, it appears that Renn stepped out of one box and into another. The plus-sized box. Several weeks ago, the model walked down the runway for Karl Lagerfield's Chanel show in St. Tropez. While still larger than the average model, it was obvious that she had lost some weight. People noticed, and began to complain, speculating that she may be relapsing into anorexia. Her agent assured everyone that she wasn't actively pursuing any kind of weight loss. According to him, Renn "fluctuates between a size 10 and a 14" and that the model's traveling and active lifestyle contributed to her weight loss.
I don't know about you, but I believe Crystal Renn lost the weight the healthy way. If you're busy traveling the world and staying active, you're going to lose weight. What bothers me more than her possibly-unhealthy-but-maybe-not weight loss is the fact that she's been put in a box. Because she represents "bigger" girls everywhere, Crystal Renn is not allowed to lose weight and her "womanly curves" with it. Once again, the debate has shifted to size instead of health.
It seems to me that women who aren't skinny don't want to face the harshest criticism when they lose weight. Do you agree?
Crystal Renn at Chanel show, source: People
What do you think - do you think certain models are placed in a box according to size? Why do you think the transition between "boxes" causes a debate in the fashion industry?