Posts Tagged ‘Crystal Renn’


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.


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.