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Crystal Renn: Breaking the Model Standard



Crystal Renn

Crystal Renn is an American model widely known for being plus-sized. She began her career at 14 years old after being scouted in her hometown, Clinton, Mississippi. Unfortunately, because her body was not the standard size for a model, she was told to lose about a third of her body weight in order to pursue a career as a model. This started her struggle with anorexia nervosa. BUT a few years later, Crystal decided to change her diet and exercise routine to become a healthier version of herself.

Crystal Renn, Sports Illustrated

After reclaiming control and confidence in her body, Crystal came back onto the modeling scene as a plus-sized model. In 2007, she modeled in numerous campaigns for Mango, a Spanish retailer. The campaigns broke the standard because she was featured with smaller models, however no attention was drawn to her being a plus sized model. This was not typical at the time. Usually there was some indication if a model was deemed plus-sized. Since 2007, Crystal has walked runways for numerous designers including Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vena Cava and Chanel. She has also done editorials for American, Australian, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Latin American, and Teen Vogue. In addition to her campaign with Mango, she’s had campaigns with Torrid, Evans, Lane Bryant, Dolce and Gabbana, Phillip Plein, Nordstrom and more. In 2011 Crystal was the face of Jimmy Choo and MR Denim collection by Maria Rinaldi. A year later she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.


Crystal Renn walking for Vena Cava

Crystal Renn is also and Author with her first book being, Hungry, co-authored by Marjorie Ingall and released in 2009. While the start of Crystal’s career is not different than many who begin modeling, she did not let it define her. She struggled for a bit, then took back the reigns and is now an inspiration to all! Truly an Icon in the fashion industry.


-Solange McKenzie

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