In her teens, Crystal Renn — shown here swaddled in McQueen clothing and Marimekko fabric for the new issue of Vogue Japan — was a straight-size model with anorexia. Then, Crystal Renn gained a significant amount of weight in recovery, became a plus-size model, and attained great success both in fashion and with the 2009 memoir she co-wrote with Marjorie Ingall. And then, over past two years, Crystal Renn dropped a few dress sizes — she has said that she was able to reintroduce some exercise into her life, having avoided it earlier in her recovery because compulsive, all-day bouts of exercise had been part of her eating disorder. (Are we all up to date on the shifting states, sizes, and potential cultural impacts of this woman's body? O.K. then!) Renn tells Fashionista she's more or less at peace with the fact that her weight will be scrutinized, and criticized by those who now feel that she's been disloyal to the plus-size woman's cause. "No matter what size I am, it's OK, because I'm fine," she says. "Health is the most important thing." Renn goes on, "The thing is, I was recovering from anorexia. My body's going to do some things that I don't expect. It's a learning process for me. The problem is when we start bashing and saying ‘Oh i think she's not as pretty when she's this thin' or — I even read a comment where it said I was emaciated. I've been called fat a million times but when someone called me emaciated, I've got to be honest, I got really really angry. I am not emaciated. It's funny because if I, for instance gained the weight because I was listening to them, I'd be doing the very same thing I was doing when I started out in this industry. I was listening to others to decide where my weight should be and who I should be in general. And I refuse to do that again. It would be more hypocritical." This seems like a surprisingly forthright answer to a difficult (and personal) line of questioning — albeit one which, as a quasi-public figure who has spoken and written about body image extensively, Renn must expect to face — but we still kind of wish Renn would get asked about something other than her weight/weight loss all the time. [Fashionista]
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