DEBATE: Plus Size V Model Size!

23 December 2009

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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