Crystal Renn on living under constant scrutiny about her weight
'Plus-size' model Crystal Renn says she would have to have a binge-eating disorder to satisfy what the media and the public want her to be.
With fashion week about to kick-off again, it's time for all the inevitable debate about the weight of catwalk models to fire up. One girl who bucked the trend for stick thin girls is model Crystal Renn, who, after fighting advanced anorexia (at the height of her illness she weighed 88lbs at 5ft9" - the average weight of a 5ft 12 year-old), was signed by Ford agency as a plus-size model and subsequently enjoyed even more success both on the catwalk, and as the star of countless fashion shoots.
However, after recently coming under fire for losing weight again, leaving her supporters worrying she has succumbed to anorexia once more, Renn has taken to the Ford Models blog to set the record straight.
"When this whole weight loss thing happened, a lot of people wanted to point their finger at somebody. I think they wanted to find a conspiracy when there absolutely was not one', she explains, "A lot of people said the industry was pressuring me, my agency was pressuring me, I was pressuring me, but it was just not the case in all three cases."
She puts her trimmer figure - which has led to her becoming the face of Jimmy Choo and DSquared this season - down to the reintroduction of exercise into her life, and talks about what it's like to live under such constant scrutiny about her weight.
"I feel pressure probably more than any place from the public and the media. I think by placing a title on my head - which is plus-size - and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I basically fail you just with that, because I couldn't possibly live up to that," she continues. "At this point in my life I would have to have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation. I had anorexia ultimately because someone else set the standard for me and I wanted to follow it. And if I followed what the public wanted from me or what the media wants from me I would be doing the same thing - I would have a binge eating disorder." clearly what she is saying here, then, is when she was at her biggest, it was not her natural size.... she was constantly overeating, which is not physically or mentally healthy.
She finishes with a message to all the prying eyes and chatterers about perceived 'good health': "It's about individual health. You cannot tell if someone's healthy, where they are mentally, from what's going on on the outside, because health is different for everybody at different sizes." ONTDoctor-outrage!!!!!!!!
BONUS: Update on Crystal Renn’s Measurements!
A few weeks ago, various sources around the Internet starting buzzing on one particular subject: ‘Crystal Renn’s agency lists the ‘plus-size’ model as a size 2′. A size 2 with the corresponding measurements of a standard model! A few days after the initial buzz, Crystal’s agent, Gary Dakin, responded:
“There was an error in the initial printing and it is being rectified. She maintains a 37-38 hip. But if people have truly followed her message, it is about acceptance and beauty at any size”.
Let’s see some of Crystal’s recent statements:
With plus size modeling, the sizes start at an 8 and go all the way up to a 20, and that enrages many people. They say when they see a size 10 girl, that’s plus size? They have to realize that plus size model doesn’t mean plus size woman… But bridging the gap would be a very good thing. We need to have all sizes. This isn’t a them against us fight. It’s about bringing everybody together.
Because of my size currently, I straddle this line between the two worlds–I guess you could say I’m a plus size straight size model. I am four inches smaller than a plus size model and four inches bigger than a straight size model.
At this point, Crystal’s (who still claims to be a size 8US) measurements on various agency cards and fashion model sites are listed as: 34C-28.5-38 / 85-73-97 (cm).
if you go by traditional clothing sizing, 38-inch hips that would make her a size 8. but with today's vanity sizing she could probably walk into a store and wear a 4 or a 6. which might be where some of the misconceptions of what constitutes a "plus size" comes from.