Alexandra Shulman of British Vogue once called for 'healthier' models. Her prayers have been answered in the form of plus-size supermodel of the moment Crystal Renn - and her curvy figure and gorgeous bone structure. Since last fashion-week season, Renn has been causing a storm in the industry by defying everything it has ever 'stood' for, proving that models of all shapes and sizes should be allowed to share a piece of the action.
With all her success since she stopped starving herself to be a 'straight-sized' clothes horse, one can hardly believe how far she has come. In an interview with the Eric Wilson of the New York Times yesterday, Renn candidly bares all about life at the start of her career. Reading from her book, Hungry, Wilson shares an excerpt showing the realities of the industry: "By 2002, when she moved to New York at age 15, she weighted 95 pounds and had lost more than 42% of her body weight. On her first day in the city, she landed a shoot for Seventeen."
It looks like the furore that plus-size models caused in 2009 will follow them into 2010. V magazine, since its launch in 1999, has become known for its eye-catching covers, featuring world-famous models and celebrities, most recently the likes of Mirander Kerr and Natalie Portman. But, perhaps in the spirit of embracing the new, it has decided to feature plus-size models in its January issue. The likes of Crystal Renn will be photographed both clothed and in the nude, by a handful of renowned photographers including Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld.
V follows in the footsteps of Glamour magazine, which earlier this year responded to the praise that Lizzie Miller's nude photo (which saw her looking glowing, healthy and happy) received, by featuring more models of Miller's size in subsequent issues, since. V's editor-in-chief, Stephen Gan told Page Six that: "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size - everybody is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it."
We certainly hope that unlike Italian Vogue's "Black Issue", V will keep up the good work and continue to use a variety of models including plus-size models as covergirls. Lagerfeld himself has said in the past: "No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly." V is known for being a trend-led magazine as opposed to a lifestyle magazine like Glamour, though, which means that only time will tell if this is simply a one-off occurence.
Following the positive feedback of Glamour magazine's September issue, featuring Lizzie Miller in nothign more than a G-string and smile- who, at 180 pounds, falls into the plus-size category of models- the magazine shows off more plus-size models in its November issue. Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Lieve's blog, noted the readers' responses "started to flood her inbox" the day the September issue came out.
In the shoot for the magazine's latest issue, seven plus-sized models, include Lizzie Miller, pose nude, proving that beauty really does come in all shapes and sizes. "I was just shocked and amazed and overjoyed at the reaction that Lizzie's picture got," said Lieve on The Ellen Degeneres Show, who mentioned that readers "seemed like they were starved for any kind of image that in any way looked like what they saw when they looked in the mirror. We thought why not do more?" It looks like Glamour is setting the ball rolling; leading the way for the inclusion of more realistic-looking women in fashion
Cindi Leive apparently is ready for a changeat Glamour magazine. The editor's title is set to feature a number of plus-size models - nude - in the November issue.
This comes after an overwhelming positive response to plus-size model Lizzie Miller's nude shot in the September issue. Miller again made the issue, along with full-figured models including Kate Dillon, Ashley Graham, Amy Lemons, Crystal Renn, Jennie Runk and Anansa Sims. Photographer Matthias Vriens captured the nude images at a shoot last week at New York's Industria Superstudio, according to the New York Post.