Crystal Renn, Paulina Porizkova
When Crystal Renn and Paulina Porizkova shared a panel at Glamour's Women of the Year Conference in New York this week, they did a bit of teamwork to teach a lesson about the size debate in fashion. While Renn was speaking, Porizkova interrupted her, saying: "Excuse me, I have to do this. Crystal, can the two of us stand up next to each other for a moment, so that the audience can see us?" After Renn accepted, Porizkova placed herself next to the champion of the "plus-size" model movement. Porizkova continued: "I'm pretty much the same size now that I was in the '80s, when I was actually modeling, and I was known for doing bathing suits. Here's Crystal, a plus-size model,. This is a plus-size model in 2010. This [Porizkova pointed to herself] is an average-size model in 1980. Times have changed.”
Although the two were similar in size, Porizkova might have been slightly bigger, making it even more shocking that the definition of "swimsuit" has shifted to "plus-size" in just a few decades. Renn had plenty to add: "What I would like to see is a bunch of different-sized models in fashion. Right now, we have extremes. We have size 2s and size zeros, and then over here we have size 14s and 16s. What I would like to see happen is that you watch the runway, and you see all different sizes — you see 2s, you see 4s, you see 6s, we see 12s and 14s. Then there's no controversy about body size. Then it's all about the clothes."