Thursday, May 13, 2010

Has Crystal Renn let down her 'plus size' peers and fans?

After posting the article on Plus Size Models, it was a tad disconcerting to see this article. :(

What is it in our culture, that we condemn other women for being larger than a size 0 - 2? Perhaps all of the hype around Crystal's size caused her to become even further insecure, perhaps she simply wants to be able to model for other designers who are not as tolerant of a size 12?

I far prefer to watch a designer who takes into account the larger picture (excuse the pun!), and who designs for all body types. Perhaps because of the ridiculous prices that are charged for some of the designers's pieces, they can afford to pick and choose the type of women who wear their work. Shame.

Let me know your thoughts? Are you for the designers expanding their minds and their designs to fit the normal figured woman, or are you ok with being pushed to the sidelines in favour of malnourished skeletons walking the runways?


Crystal Renn Noticeably Thinner At Chanel Show (PHOTOS)
First Posted: 05-13-10 11:50 AM | Updated: 05-13-10 12:37 PM

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Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it to the Chanel Cruise Collection Show--okay so, we weren't exactly invited--but Vogue's editor at large Andre Leon Talley was there. Talley offered his insight on the models Lagerfeld used:

Lagerfeld had cast the show with a slightly more curvaceous model named Crystal Renn, not seen on any Chanel catwalk before. This in itself was groundbreaking for the house, but there was also the return of personality models encouraged to be themselves instead of robotic look-alikes. "Each girl was cast because of her sense of individuality," Lagerfeld said enthusiastically. How great to see Karolina, in a pair of black fishnet wide-legged trousers, and Jacquetta Wheeler, in a perfect nile green safari shirt and trousers, feet bare. A silk printed caftan on Natasha, with gorgeous salmon-pink sandals in hand, was exciting, and there was a Bardot vibe to Magdalena (who also played Brigitte in Lagerfeld's film) in a black-and-white maillot.

While Andre calls Renn's walk "groundbreaking," we could hardly pick out the supposedly "plus-size" model when looking through the show's thumbnails. Check out Crystal at Tuesday's Chanel show and her in 2005 with Jean-Paul Gaultier:

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