Until a few decades ago, curves were seen as a symbol of fertility and opulence, but the attitude of “you can never be too rich or too skinny” became pervasive in our culture as a status symbol. These days “heroin chic” is being replaced by “healthy chic” with models like Crystal Renn as the poster child for healthy, voluptuous women. She works for top designers who glorify her natural beauty and serves as an idol for many stylish, curvaceous young women.
Which is why Renn is coming down with full-figured fury at the photographer who photo-shopped out her entire message. Click more to see what we mean!
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Crystal Renn started off in the fashion industry as a healthy, comely 14-year-old girl pressured into the pro-eating disorder philosophies of a lot of fashion industry professionals. She became anorexic and bulimic to fit fashion standards, but decided to make a change when she noticed clumps of her hair falling out and being too exhausted to do her job–walk a runway.
Now the fully recovered Renn still models, but she models with a message. While she struts her womanly frame down the Jean Paul Gaultier runway, acts as the face and body of Dolce & Gabbana ads and dominates high-end fashion rag covers, Renn is truly a supermodel, an inspiration to “normal” women everywhere.
So when Crystal Renn posed for a charity called Passion for Fashion and found photographer Nicholas Routzen had completely erased all that defined her “curvy couture”, Renn was livid:
“When I first saw the photos, I would have to say I was absolutely shocked. I think I sat in silence for a good five minutes. I didn’t think it was an accurate portrayal of my body in any way. I’m a size 10, and that’s more like a size 2…I don’t want [women] to think my message isn’t the same, that I think thin is the only way to be beautiful. Beauty is not a pants size; I think it’s about what I have to say and how I live my life, which is in a healthy way, I believe, for me. I want them to know I’m healthy.”
According to Nicholas Routzen the retouching was minimal and entirely normal by fashion industry standards:
“The minimal retouching that I did do, it’s nothing you wouldn’t see in any magazine today. There is nothing hidden about this.”
Judge for yourself. How drastic do you think the change is in these before and after pictures?
Crystal Renn totally disagrees with Routzen and thinks that he is twisting the minds of the young women Renn is trying to represent. Healthy, normal women whose bodies fluctuate naturally with hormones, babies, different diets and even the exercise which Renn has currently introduced to her life.
“I thought it was as great a time as ever to start taking care of myself and reintroducing exercise back into my life. You can be a size 8 all the way up to a 20, and that offers a lot of freedom. With what I do, I can fluctuate, as opposed to what I had to do before. What I think would end the confusion is if we just called each other ‘models.’ No more straight size, no more plus size, because I think it’s us against them; them against us. That is absolutely not the way women should look at each other. That’s where I’m going; that’s where my message is going.”
Watch Crystal Renn’s eloquent MSNBC interview here.
- What do you think about having more “plus-sized” and “normal sized” women in the fashion industry?