Today on Good Morning America Crystal Renn discussed Hungry, her memoir on overcoming anorexia and becoming a plus-size model (clip at left). Renn says larger models "with nary a jutting collarbone in sight" are now coming into vogue.
Renn, who is America's highest-paid plus-size model, was discovered by a modeling agent at age 13 and told she could be on the cover of Vogue... if she just lost 70 pounds. She starved herself down to a size 0 and secured a modeling contract, but was still told she was too fat. On Sunday, she told The Guardian:
"I did everything: I didn't eat, I exercised, but I couldn't make myself the shape they insisted on. Eventually someone suggested I become a plus-size model."
She found greater success after regaining the weight. First, Anna Wintour asked her to appear in Vogue (in the "shape issue," of course). The shoot led to a non-weight related appearance in Italian Vogue, then several other Italian fashion magazines and four international editions of Vogue. In addition to being featured in several ad campaigns, she walked down the runway with Jean-Paul Gualtier for the finale to his prêt-à-porter 2006 collection in Paris. Most recently, she appeared in Glamour's May bathing suit spread: