Crystal Renn seems to have all but broken out of the ‘plus size' niche and is competing for – and winning work amongst all the other models top models who are in Paris. After her appearance in both Jean Paul Gaultier's campaign and a one-off shoot for Chanel for A/W ’10, she has walked on both the above designers’ catwalks as well as for Zac Posen’s RTW – one she considers to be MAJOR.
In fact, despite the sound of a thousand non-skinny minnies cheering her every achievement, the person who gets most excited about it is still Crystal herself, saying 'This has been one of the most amazing times of my life,' Renn told US blog PEOPLE on the phone from Paris. 'I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible.' Although Crystal has shrunk a size or two since she walked for JPG in 2006, she is still 'different from most of the girls at the castings,' for her size, yet she is competing with them on her own merits, not as a one-off gimmick. 'I’m here being treated like any other girl. It doesn’t matter my size. It doesn’t matter who I am. I’m going on castings like everybody else.'
From everyone Grazia Daily knows who has worked with the lady, we hear that she is super-enthusiastic and a relentless worker, about the furthest away from the sulky princess character that people imagine supermodels to be. Her crusade to make the catwalks more representative is far from over, although she’s been pleased to see that; 'when I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking,' she says. 'Now, there’s more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 6s and a couple size 8s. There is change happening in the industry. There is more allowance for people to be different. I’m so impressed. I can’t wait for next season.' Nor us, Miss Renn.
- Naomi Attwood