Popular “plus-size” model Crystal Renn (who will share a cover with fellow hotties Brooklyn Decker and Alessandra Ambrosio) talked with StyleList about the current weight trends in fashion and on being viewed as a “plus-size” model (at US size 10) – let’s see what she has to say:
SL: Calling you “plus-size,” which is what your agency considers you, baffles much of the public. Do you think the “plus-size” terminology is justified?
CR: Well, [in modeling] there is the standard, which is a 34-inch hip and then there is “plus” that. Unfortunately, I think when people think of “plus” they think of only size 18, but the great thing about what I do, is that they have been more inclusive of size 8’s and all the way up to bigger sizes like 20.
Personally, I wish there wasn’t this huge separation. I think it’s about being the size that you are, eating a healthy diet and doing moderate exercise — your body will settle where it’s supposed to be, whether that’s a 2 or a 16/18.
SL: With Mark Fast’s show, V magazine’s “Size Issue,” which you were in, and New York Magazine hailing “The Return of Voluptuous,” do you think the acceptance of different body types is the way things will stay, or is it a trend?
CR: I like the hype, because I think it’s bringing awareness and it’s getting the public used to it. If it happens at a gradual pace it won’t be a trend. And this should not be a trend, this is how we should do things from now on.
Every decade has a body type, but what if we just keep it like this, where everyone is accepted? There’s definitely a lot of other things happening, whether it’s Mark Fast or Glamour making a pledge [to include all sized models]. I think a lot of people that have power are stepping up and it’s incredible.
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