I recently discovered 26-year-old, American-born model, Crystal Renn. When I saw her, she was a fabulous "plus size" model--though who are we kidding, "plus size" in the fashion world equals healthy size, rather than the strict, anorectic-level BMI enforced by most fashion houses and modeling agencies. Renn began in the industry as a young girl forced to lose so much weight that she became anorexic. She later allowed herself to reach a healthy weight and re-branded herself as a "plus size" model. She wrote a book about her experiences in the modeling industry, her struggles with eating disorders and weight loss, and her self-acceptance as a healthier-sized woman:
Renn was criticized for her recent weight loss and re-entry into "straight size" modeling. The reason I like Renn so much is that she represents what we all go through--difficulties with self-acceptance, and possession of an ever-changing body that is sometimes more healthy than other times, a body which we allow ourselves to love sometimes more than other times.
Renn is uniquely beautiful, in all of her incarnations and bodily phases: