Untrendy Supermodel – Crystal Renn

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At 5’9” tall, and 95 lbs, model Crystal Renn still needed to lose more weight. In this GMA interview, Renn speaks about the disturbing standards of the fashion industry, and her choice to live above them.


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  • br

    What I find interesting about this on-going discussion about the modeling industry and weight is that the topic always seems to address extremes. It sounds like Renn’s 5’9″ and 165-pound body is within a normal BMI (but at the threshold of being “overweight”), but with promoting “curvier” models…are related health risks being “promoted” as well (such as heart disease, type II diabetes, etc.)?

    Yet, on the other hand, promoting the opposite of course encourages other health risks (notably: death by anorexia). It should be interesting to see if the industry ever reaches a happy-medium. I may be cynical, but I definitely don’t see it happening any time soon. At least the media are allowing dialogue to get people thinking.

    • theuntrendygirl

      Great observation. I don’t consider promoting obesity a step forward. In fact, like you said, it’s just the opposite extreme. Where are the images of healthy women? Sadly, in today’s world, one must be under a certain weight to be a mainstream model and over a certain weight to be a plus size model.

      Where did normal, healthy women go?

  • http://www.facebook.com/beautifulyouPNW bmarie

    @br, love your comment! This is actually a huuuuge pet peeve of mine… I totally agree that the extreme ends of being thin is bad (obviously), but it seems like everyone is so determined to be so anti-anorexic that anything on the thin side of normal is suddenly considered bad, too. I am a naturally thinner person… not crazy thin, but seriously, I could weigh 300 lbs and still not have curves or boobs. Should I be looked down on because I’m not some curvy, voluptuous person? Of course not. Nor should heavier women be looked down on for not being runway-thin. But it is important to be realistic with the fact that obesity absolutely poses health risks. Forget beauty, what about a healthy, long life, you know? I really wish people/the fashion industry would focus more on healthy and normal, like the 2nd comment said. Oh culture… sigh.