23 December 2009

DEBATE: Plus Size V Model Size!

Crystal and Jacquelyn

When it comes to the contentious issue of skinny and size zero models versus mannequins who are more representative of the average lady, sometimes one image is worth a thousand words. Too-clever-by-half fashion snapper Terry Richardson has approached the controversy that gets women the world over in a right ol' tiz-waz in the most literal way possible, by shooting Crystal Renn - the world's most in-demand plus size model next to 17 year old new face Jacquelyn Jablonski in next month’s V Magazine. The pair wear identical outfits and pose in a way that can only invite comparison between the two rather than celebrating either body type wholeheartedly.

Crystal and Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn has kicked off her career modelling for Calvin Klein and Proenza Schouler, but we'd hazard a guess that she was cast for this job based on her resemblance to Crystal. Miss Renn has become the poster girl for the pro plus-size movement, having written a memoir called Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves; which goes into detail about her treatment as a model by the industry, both when she skinny and starving herself to stay so, and after she put on weight to become the most successful ‘plus size’ girl in the world. Nowadays she says 'I’m not saying all models should be size 16, but bigger dresses can be pinned and adjusted, while tiny size zero clothes can’t really be changed. It means all these models starve themselves, like I did, to fit them.'

Crystal and Jacquelyn

It’s hard to deny the eye gets drawn towards Crystal, primarily for her charisma and the twinkle in her eye – but why does it have to be a competition? We can’t help but think naughty Terry is encouraging women to spend even more time scrutinizing and focusing on body shape, when surely we can think of better uses for our time. DO have your say below. . .

Crystal and Jacquelyn

Both girls wear amazing fashion, styled by Mel Ottenberg, - from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, Marc Jacobs and Danielle Scutt with plenty of accessories from Patricia von Musulin, Cara Croninger and Alexis Bittar and you’ll be able to peruse all the images in their full glossy glory on January 14th when V Magazine hits the shelves.

 


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Noelle Hallstrom Pelillo (Tue Nov 27 15:24:27 GMT 2012): Yay for the media finally getting it through their thick heads that beautiful women are not all stick thin.
Amanda Stormageddon Border (Sat Feb 23 21:41:51 GMT 2013): I honestly think the "bigger" girl looks better. Her legs are fantastic!
Remba Manhey (Tue Mar 19 17:41:38 GMT 2013): I think the bigger girl represents what women biologically look like. She is hot...stunning....squeezable!
Amanda Pogue (Mon Apr 29 02:24:08 BST 2013): The point I got from this is that not all women are skinny, but not all women aren't. Everyone is beautiful. Both of these women look amazing.
Caeley Gordon (Sun May 19 03:31:48 BST 2013): The point I got from this is photoshop makes all models equal
Gilda-Francesca Cavazzini (Sun Jun 09 11:45:01 BST 2013): Unfortunatly now Crystal Renn became too tin...more than Jaqueline in that pictures.....
Wendy Carter Steffenhagen (Sun Nov 10 09:27:00 GMT 2013): Crystal most definitely looks better: stronger, happier, more energetic, healthier, more like a woman should. Jacquline looks sickly, boring, and tired. I would much rather look like Crystal.
Carol Soules (Wed Dec 11 14:41:48 GMT 2013): Not impressed with this cliche project. All the photos are still photo-shopped to hell; neither woman looks like that in real life.
Agatha Smykot (Thu Dec 12 19:27:44 GMT 2013): Funny thing, Wendy, is that I resemble Jacquelyn more than Crystal. I am naturally thin. I am healthy, strong, happy, and energetic, which comes from a training program that focuses on strength. Suggesting that all thin women are emaciated and/or starve themselves is equally damaging to societal expectation of Ideal beauty. Thin women suffer from self-esteem and body image issues as much, if not more, than plus-sized women. While it's unacceptable to say rude, boorish things about larger women, it is still widely accepted that thin women are miserable, weak creatures that skipped breakfast. Woman shouldn't look a certain way. There shouldn't be an ideal, and the sooner you embrace that, the sooner you'll learn to appreciate all of your "sister," or something like that.