Earlier this month Lizzie Miller stirred quite a buzz with her bare-it-all picture in Glamour magazine. The positive reaction from women around the world was overwhelming and left many questioning if curvy would become the new thin of the fashion world.
This question remains unanswered, but Miller isn’t the only model proving that “plus-size” is both beautiful and bankable.
Enter Crystal Renn, one of today’s most successful working models. She is a size 12.
In her new book, “Hungry,” Renn details her journey from Mississippi teenage cheerleader to international runway model and cover girl – not to mention highest paid “plus-size” model in America.
Renn, however, wasn’t always “plus-size.” Before moving to NY and ultimately signing a quarter-million-dollar modeling contract, she lost 70 pounds off of her 5 foot 9 frame. At a mere 95 pounds, however, she was still being told she wasn’t thin enough. Daily workouts of up to 8 hours and starvation weren’t enough, but Renn had had enough so she made a decision that changed her life and her career:
“I started to eat. I stopped churning mindless circles on an elliptical cross-trainer for seven or eight hours a day, my arms and legs jerking like a marionette’s. I stopped obsessing about chewing a single stick of sugar-free gum. I got heavier. I put on pounds by the dozen and leap frogged dress sizes—from 00 to 12. But I honestly didn’t mind the weight gain and the loss of my matchstick limbs. I made a choice to stop starving.”
And her choice paid off. Renn was healthy, confident, and happy again. And her career took off.
Since gaining the weight, Renn has appeared in five international editions of Vogue; she has graced the covers of international editions of Harper’s Bazaar and Elle; she has starred in a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign and worked the runway as the final model in a Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion show. At 165 to 170 pounds she is one of today’s most successful “plus-size” models.
To be honest, I’d never heard about Renn before Miller’s nude picture appeared in Glamour magazine earlier this month. Maybe if the picture hadn’t created such a buzz I still wouldn’t know who Renn is, but I’m glad it did and I hope that this ripple effect will continue paving the way for a new definition of beauty in this country.
Renn and Miller are proof that the thin=beauty equation can be broken. Is the world ready?
*I put the world “plus-size” in quotes because while I do not believe that these women should be considered “plus-size” they are considered to be so by modeling industry standards.*
Image originally from ABC.com - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/BeautySecrets/sized-model-crystal-renn-gains-weight-finds-success/Story?id=8514206&page=2
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