In a candid new interview on the Ford Models blog, Crystal Renn discusses her frustration with the public scrutiny of her weight and being labeled.
"I feel pressure from — more than anyplace — from the public, and the media. I think by placing a title on my head — which is Plus Size — and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus size actually is — I basically fail you. I couldn't possibly live up to that."
Renn stresses that she would have to have a "binge eating disorder" in order to live up to the public's expectations.
Of course, the truth is, most of us don't want Renn to be anything except who she is. Why should we care if she is a size 12 or a size 6 or a size 2? What we should care about is what kinds of images fashion magazines place on a pedestal as a standard of beauty. We should care about body diversity in the pages we consume. We should care about women feeling that they have to adhere to one strict body type in order to be considered attractive (or acceptable).
When Crystal Renn appeared in Glamour's swimsuit spread in April 2009, her photograph (seen at left) leaped off the page. Not only because she is stunningly beautiful, but because her body was markedly different from the women you usually see modeling swimsuits in a ladymag. It was refreshing to see an unapologetically curvy body — one decidely not the usual size 4 (or, usually, 2).