Welcome to the first edition of Women I Love. I discovered a lot of beautiful plus size women as a result of my tumblr and now I’m overflowing with girl crushes. What better place to showcase my lascivious ways than on my blog!
Introducing: Crystal Renn
I love Crystal Renn. I love her so much it borders on unhealthy.
To gather fodder for my tumblr, I started an online hunt for plus size models because I honestly didn’t know of any. Crystal Renn was the first one I found and I’m fairly certain that this was the first picture I saw:
Crystal Renn by Matt Jones
Which caused me to do something along the lines of this:
Actual Frances may differ in size and appearance
Crystal Renn first attempted modelling at age 14 after being spotted by a model scout. However, the scout told her from the beginning that she would need to lose 10″ from her hips in order to be successful. Fighting against her natural body shape and the constant pressure to stay thin led to an eating disorder. Eventually she realised the toll it was taking on her body and she walked away from her job, recovered from her illness, got a new agent and started plus size modeling.
Crystal Renn in People 2006, showing her as a straight size model
Crystal Renn in the finale dress for Jean-Paul Gaultier prêt-à-porter S/S06
She looks like a goddess. Sigh.
She also has a book coming out in a few months detailing her own experience with self-esteem and body image. While I am of the opinion that 23 is a wee bit young for a memoir, I’m still looking forward to its release. Watch this space for the review when September rolls around.
Anyway, that’s enough biography. It’s time to perve:
Crystal Renn for Torrid
Crystal Renn in Elle Canada, January 2009
Crystal Renn for Anna Scholz S/S05
Crystal Renn in La VanGuardia, Spain
Crystal Renn by Steven Meisel in Vogue US, April 2004
Crystal Renn by Steven Meisel in Vanity Fair Italy, March 2004
Crystal Renn by Ruvan Afandor in Elle Italia, December 2008
Crystal Renn by Ruven Afanador for Nordstrom and Harper's Bazaar