Crystal Renn, the world’s most famous “plus sized” model has gone on the record – in a video post on her model agent’s blog, to defend her right to be whatever size she might be without fear of criticism from the media. Uh oh. Does she mean us? Talking about the fact that sooo much attention is focused on her weight and body shape, she said; 'A lot of people wanted to point their finger at somebody. They wanted to find a conspiracy when there actually was none' speaking about the fact that people seem to be so cross that she has shrunk from a size 14 in 2009 to around an 8 these days.
'I feel pressure probably more than any place from the public and the media. I think by placing a title on my head — which is plus-size — and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I basically fail you just with that, because I couldn’t possibly live up to that,' she continues. 'At this point in my life I would have to have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation. I had anorexia ultimately because someone else set the standard for me and I wanted to follow it. And if I followed what the public wanted from me or what the media wants from me I would be doing the same thing — I would have a binge eating disorder.'
It’s easy to criticise Crystal Renn for the following reason – any woman in the public eye, from models and actresses to figures like Ann Widdecombe, will receive comments and scrutiny for the appearance and their weight. If the main reason you are famous to start with is because of your shape, how can you expect to get away without receiving double the amount of attention?
However, the fact that Miss Renn has done what no photographers, editors or designers have successfully attempted to do – admit the industry has a thinness obsession and that this can be harmful in some cases – makes us like her loads. Her whole crusade, which was started with the publication of her memoir of being an anorexic model, 'Hungry', set out to help other people with either eating disorders or body image issues. So maybe we should all just leave her to get on with taking on the fashion world ?
- Naomi Attwood