Crystal Renn Celebrates Her Curves

Crystal Renn via BlackBookMississippi-born Crystal Renn spent the first years of her New York life trying to look like Giselle. It was only when she began to eat that she had a career in modeling, as a plus-size woman. via Blackbook Mag

Now Crystal Renn has written a book called ‘Hungry’ and she’s the rage, following in the unleashed frenzy of women loving the Lizzie Miller story at Glamour Mag 

I totally agree with Renn’s argument that American women obsess over their bodies. Some of this top model’s comments —  like leaving the gym — I don’t endorse under any circumstances.

Absolutely, women must learn to love the woman in the mirror, with all her alleged flaws.

When we learn to love and take care of her — the woman who is each of us — the place of food in our lives changes. Will be stick-thin models with often-lost libidos? No. But for important long-term health reasons, we cannot say that weight and healthy eating aren’t critical issues in our lives, because they are. 

We know now that obesity (BMI over 30) and overweight (BMI over 25) even shrink our brains, attacking our critical thinking faculties.

Model BMI’s of 18 also wreck physical havoc on the physical health of our bodies and our sexuality. Basically, we’re looking for that happy medium — moms and grandmoms of the 50s and the models of 50s and 60s fashion magazines.

In opening more dialogue around positive body image and my own journey to get to a good place with my body, I don’t want to send mixed messages to readers.

Anne of Carversville promotes a genuinely healthy relationship with food and exercise. I don’t believe that when it comes to the refrigerator, anything goes. And yet, this physical self-hatred must also stop because it’s a totally destructive relationship with our vitality and essence as women. A

Note also that Glamour is planning a followup fashion editorial on plus-size models, based on the Lizzie Miller fury. Great!

Update Feb. 9, 2011:

We’ve had a tough love moment with Crystal Renn today, supporting her at every step, except for her new Ford Model video. After watching her wax poetically on being crowned a princess by Karl Lagerfeld, Anne wrote Fashion & Feminism | Crystal Renn’s Miss America Chanel Moment.

The progression of our Crystal Renn writing, most recent to original is here.

Crystal Renn’s ‘Oh My Lord & Taylor’ Campaign

Fashion & Feminism | Crystal Renn’s Miss America Chanel Moment

Crystal Renn’s Ford Model Card Calls Her a Size 2

Crystal Renn | No More Fat Girl | Smart Sensuality Woman In Control of Herself?

Crystal Renn | Skye Parrott Dance Video for ‘The Block’

Crystal Renn in New Chanel, New York Store Reopening Ad

Crystal Renn | High Street Scorching in Britain’s Look Magazine

Glamour June 2010: Every Body Is A Hot Body!

Crystal Renn & Keith Schofield | Brigette Magazine

Crystal Renn Inspires Healthy Weight | Body Image

Crystal Renn | Leading the Body Politics Dialogue

Crystal Renn Celebrates Her Curves

Fashion Editorials|Ad Campaigns

Crystal Renn | ‘Out of the Blue’ | Knoepfel & Indlekofer | Vogue Germany Feb 2011

Crystal Renn | Inez & Vinoodh | Jimmy Choo Spring 2011 Ad Campaign

Crystal Renn | Derek Kettela | Paper Planes F/W 2010

Crystal Renn | Tom Ford | Carine Roitfeld | Vogue Paris December 2010-January 2010

Crystal Renn | Paola Kudacki | Harper’s Bazaar US December 2010

Crystal Renn | Philip Riches | Avant Garde November 2010

Private Sitting | Crystal Renn | Seth Sabal

What’s the Beef? Crystal Renn’s ‘Festin’ Vogue Paris Oct 2010

Crystal Renn | High Street Scorching in Britain’s Look Magazine

Crystal Renn | Armin Morbach | Tush Body Image Debate

Crystal Renn | Carine Roitfeld | Smart Sensuality French Family | Aug 2010