Former plus-size model Crystal Renn is now in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition:
Her story is interesting because she previously had an eating disorder to maintain her size 0 physique for her modeling career. Then she got healthy, gained weight and enjoyed a second career as a size 12 plus-size model. From what I’ve read, she was sort of a champion for plus-size models and even wrote a book called Hungry about her experience.
"It’s about the healthy eating habits that you have, and wherever your body falls. Whether that is actually a four or an 18, [doesn't matter]." – Renn
Well, now she’s lost weight – is a size 6-8, is in Sports Illustrated, and some people aren’t exactly happy about it.
“Everyone rallied around her and now she’s turned against us,” PLUS Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview. “We have been betrayed by her.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the 5’9” beauty was a shadow of her former self when she walked the red carpet in a skintight scarlet Zac Posen gown at the New York premiere of Madonna’s W.E., prompting fears she has fallen back into bad habits.
“After Emme, Crystal was the biggest plus size supermodel in our era and a lot of readers aspired to be like her,” explained Jones.
She went on to enjoy several years as a plus-sized model before revealing in November 2010 that she had dropped several dress sizes due to taking up hiking and yoga. Jones for one doesn’t believe her explanation. “You don’t lose that much weight doing yoga and hiking! You have to put a lot of effort to go from a 14 to a size 6,” she told RadarOnline.com.
Interesting story. I think it’s great that SI is starting to include a variety of sizes in their models and campaigns and as long as Renn is healthy and losing/maintaining weight in a healthy way, then that’s what is important.
TrailMomma’s daughter in her new “dress”: