In a rather ironic career achievement, former plus-size model Crystal Renn has been chosen as the
face body of lingerie line Agent Provocateur's latest advertisements.
Inspired by Helmut Newton and Thelma and Louise, Olivier Zahm photographed Renn - who has just about lost all of her famous curves! - in London against 70's gas stations. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump.
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Crystal Renn says being a plus-sized model was too pressurized.
The 25-year-old beauty has seen her weight fluctuate over the years, and despite being very successful when she was at her heaviest, she admits the pressure became too much.
"I think that 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've basically failed you just with that. Because I couldn't possibly live up to that, and at this point in my life I would have to actually have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation," said Crystal, who is a US size six.
As well as her weight changing, Crystal recently dyed her hair platinum blonde and said she was "excited" by her transformation: "People can't believe the transformation. I had black hair and now I have white hair. That's what's so exciting. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to show up as a different canvas at a shoot. It's a very extreme look but very beautiful. Though it's nothing conventional."
Crystal Renn is "excited" by her new look.
The former plus-size model recently dyed her hair platinum blonde and while people are shocked by her "transformation," she loves the "extreme'" change to her appearance.
"People can't believe the transformation. I had black hair and now I have white hair. That's what's so exciting. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to show up as a different canvas at a shoot. It's a very extreme look but very beautiful. Though it's nothing conventional," she said.
Crystal underwent several dying sessions to change her hair and she is delighted by the finished look. "It's a challenging look. But what's wonderful is it's something that photographs beautifully," she told People.
The model lists actress Tilda Swinton as her style icon because she admires the way the We Need To Talk About Kevin star changes her look so frequently: "I'm not trying to conform to one certain look. I look up to someone like Tilda Swinton. She's the fashion icon. She experiments and that keeps life fun," the 25 year-old beauty said.
The year 2011 has thus far been a promising one for Crystal Renn, who landed her first Vogue cover for Vogue Mexico's April issue.
Photographed by David Roemer and styled by Sarah Gore-Reeves, Renn brings out the fun, excitement of fashion with her poses and lights up the magazine's pages while also welcoming spring with bold, bright lips, eyeshadow, nails, and clothes.
Admittedly, the coveted Vogue cover gig was long overdue for Renn, who has previously starred in several Vogue editorials, including a food-centric one shot by Terry Richardson under the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.
Turned away from a Vogue Italia cover for not being able to fit into the dress the magazine desired, Renn now has been vindicated with a cover that has received an overwhelming amount of praise, prompting many to believe she may appear on the American edition soon.
Check out the rest of the story after the jump for more photos and a behind-the-scenes video!
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"My dream is to see a lot more female shapes in ad campaigns when I look through magazines...my friend was working with Crystal Renn and said she thinks she's only got a 38-inch hip. Karl Lagerfeld said he was going to embrace her womanly shape and then he just put her face on the ad campaign. Girls are starting to have tits in pictures, but I think it still needs to be about the curve... Real women have hips and an arse, yet loads of models in shows seem to have neither."
-- Size 4 model Daisy Lowe on wanting to see more womanly curves on the runway.
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While 2010 was a great year for Crystal Renn, 2011 is already looking extremely promising for her, considering her new gig as the face of Jimmy Choo.
Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Renn is absolutely beautiful -- despite the fact that she's set against backdrops that resemble American Apparel two-toned stockings. The plus-size model seems to have shed weight, but looks like she's down to a normal, healthy size (or could this be more handy work from a thinspired individual?).
Check out the rest of the photos after the jump.
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Plus-size Model Crystal Renn recently sat down to give more of an explanation as to why her weight seems to be dropping so rapidly. The 24-year-old, who had been heralded over the past year for her size 12 dress size, appeared on the catwalk for the Chanel Resort collection looking much thinner than before.
When fans of the curvy model threw up their arms and angrily typed away at their keyboards, her agent made a statement assuring fans that she was still a "solid size 10," and there was nothing more to worry over.
Renn has since appeared in a coveted Chanel campaign, as well as having walked for Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Zac Posen this past season. The more publicity the model attracts, the more people notice that she's slowly starting to lose weight again. Her answer? Exercise!
"Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way," she explains.
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Plus size model Crystal Renn has stormed the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week.
The curvaceous beauty flaunted her size 14 figure on the runways of legendary French fashion houses Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. After walking for the Zac Posen ZSpoke show at New York Fashion Week last month, the model has revealed being treated like “any other girl” in Paris has been an “amazing” experience.
“This has been one of the most amazing times of my life. I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible. Being treated as one of the pack, not the plus size model, is a real breakthrough. 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.”
Crystal admitted the fashion industry is becoming increasingly accepting of those who stray away from the model norm: “I’m still different from most of the girls at the castings but when I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking. Now, there’s more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 10s and a couple size 12s. 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.”
—Supermodel Heidi Klum admitted to eating so much spaghetti prior to a gala in Milan that she could barely zip up her gown.
—Brad Goreski is leaving Rachel Zoe. Don’t worry for him, though—the split is supposedly amicable.
—Terry Richardson has recruited Crystal Renn for a French Vogue shoot which calls for her eating various foods in overly sexual poses.
—Speaking of Terry, Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men #528 comments on a Barry Richardman whose name is not the only thing the character has in common with the controversial photographer. According to the two X-Men, Richardman’s “art is cheap, exploitative porn,” and “what he does to models is borderline assault and unquestionably cruel.”
—Lady Gaga attended her grandfather’s funeral on Monday looking surprisingly normal (as opposed to the last family event she attended—her sister’s graduation).
Plus-size supermodel Crystal Renn was horrified after bosses airbrushed 30lbs off her frame for a campaign poster.
Crystal, who is a size 10, says the pictures for the Fashion for Passion advertisements no longer look like her because her appearance has been altered so much.
“They brushed about 30lbs off my body. I sat there in silence for so long when I saw the pictures. I couldn’t believe what they’d done. It didn’t look like me. Don’t cut inches off my thighs. Don’t make me a size two when I’m a 10. It’s totally misleading. Fashion should be about a beautiful girl in beautiful clothes, not this size obsession. It’s dangerous. But if I have a zit or cellulite, take it off!”
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