By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
When we showed you dolls a sneak peek of Crystal Renn in the spring Jimmy Choo ad campaign back in January, your comments ranged from surprise with her recent weight loss--"She looks good, but she's definitely not 'plus sized'"--to praise of her beauty, regardless of her size: "She is beautiful. I don't care what her fashion size classification is." She addressed just this issue in a recent interview on the Ford Models blog, and I'm curious what you gals think about her response.
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I found it really interesting that she said it wasn't the industry, or her agent, or even herself who put any pressure on her to lose weight--that in fact, the most pressure she feels is from the public and the media, and it's to maintain her plus-size 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. 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."
Like we said when we unveiled the photos of Crystal in the Jimmy Choo ads, it's nice to see someone beautiful and strong and healthy on the runways, so who the heck cares if she's "plus size" or not!? She's one of the most real-looking women we've seen have mainstream modeling success in a long time, and I think we should celebrate that fact, not come down on her every time she gains or loses and ounce.
What do you think, gals? Does it bother you that the fashion world is trying to squeeze Crystal into the "plus size" category? Do you think it matters if a model belongs to one camp or another, or is she proof that you can successfully enjoy both? What do you think about the pressure she feels to be the public face of plus size models? Discuss!
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