Archive for the ‘Body Politics’ Category


August 28, 2009


Not too long ago I read that Crystal Renn was releasing a memoir about her life in the modeling business.  I was thrilled.  Yesterday her name was all over the newspapers with the promotion of the September 8 release date of her upcoming book entitled Hungry.  I’m on the fence in regards to the title, but I’m so excited to read her story as she’s appeared to be a fascinating young woman.

Early reviews are in and I was pleased to read one by Joan Jacobs Brumberg, an author I often read when discussing body politics in many of my classes.  She says “Crystal Renn is a high-spirited, convincing spokesperson for broadening our notions of beauty. Hungry adds a unique twist to a growing women’s chorus: even if you are young and beautiful, as Renn is, it’s best to give up the addiction to slimness for the sake of personal authenticity, social relations, intimacy, and sexual pleasure.”

I hope there’s a book tour! // See some amazing Renn scans here & before + after here.



June 8, 2009


“But at the end of the day I used to wonder: what’s the difference between doing a shoot in your underwear for Calvin Klein and being a stripper? Obviously you are compromising yourself. How far am I willing to go? How much am I willing to show for a big fat cheque?” – Sara Ziff

The Guardian published an article this weekend that has garnered lots of attention from many of the fashion/feminist blogs I read and rightfully so.  Picture Me, a documentary which goes behind the scenes of modeling has managed to reveal an even seeder underbelly of the industry so often scrutinized.  YOU MUST READ THIS ARTICLE.  There’s so much to articulate, so I suggest you watch the trailer here and read the article.

Is that you CASSIE?

April 30, 2009


This morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Pipeline, and I saw a photo of DJs Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane at a V-Mag bash.  I’ve seen Harley all over the place but why is this the first mention of Cassie for me?  I did some research and didn’t find much on one half of this dynamic dj duo, but I did come across this photo from Papermag that displeased me.

Please don’t hide Cassie.  She seems pretty cool.

Moving On Up!

February 3, 2009

jurgensiliconePhoto by Juergen Teller

Dear Readers,

I moved this weekend and our house does not have internet connection yet.  If this week seems sparse with posts that is the reason.  Keep reading though, I might surprise you with something great.


Fashion Intelligentsia

P.S.  That is one of my favorite Juergen Teller photos.  Ever.

Crystal Clear Persuasion

January 21, 2009



Once upon a time [2006], there lived a young girl who read every issue of Teen Vogue.  One day while flipping through the mag she spotted one of the most beautiful girls she had ever seen.  That girl I saw was Crystal Renn, and her story of beating anorexia and becoming a plus-size model absolutely engaged me further in body politics.  Crystal at the beginning of her career was asked by her modeling agency to lose weight in order to be more successful.  Hitting 98 pounds was by no means how she predicted her future, but her downward spiral left her with this reality.  Upon acknowledging her eating disorder she made changes in her life that put 70 more pounds on her body.  The extreme transformation incited criticism and lauds from the fashion community, but my love for her natural beauty never waned.

You cannot imagine how excited I was when I came across the December issues of Elle Italia at Circus of Books last week, featuring Crystal on the cover.  This amazing spread shows a gorgeous girl comfortable in her own skin.

More photos after the break [some NSFW] See thin & plus photos.