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Plus size model memoir: Crystal Renn opens up about the fashion industry

Crystal Renn talks more about the fashion industry and her memoir.
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The plus size model memoir written by Crystal Renn is making news again. Renn released the book detailing her life as model with an in depth look at the fashion industry in 2009, but she is talking more about the book and her reasons for going public with her story in a new interview. The Spread It shared Renn's latest comments on Aug. 18.

Crystal Renn began modeling at the age of 14. At the start of her career, agents and others in the fashion industry forced her to lose weight. This was 14 years ago, and the ultra-skinny look was in. In order to receive work with the top clients, young Renn needed to lose weight. This led to problems with anorexia, and she lost 42 percent of her body weight. These days, she is modeling at a size 12; she is considered a plus sized model.

This shows that the fashion industry has not yet changed. A size 12 is the size of an average woman. Most retail outlets consider size 18 and above to be plus sizes. Renn is not very concerned though. She gained 70 pounds to be at her current weight, and she feels much healthier at this weight than she did at 95 pounds. She had lost that much weight in her younger days. In her new interview, she said the following about her memoir titled "Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves":

"I wanted people to question preconceived notions about what it means to be beautiful and the dangerous lengths some are willing to go to attain this. I know I used to have warped thinking but I changed and I wanted to help others change too."

Renn did succeed some in her quest to change people's ideas of what is healthy. Her book started people a dialogue. After her book, people started talking about weight and the fashion industry. During her career, she wore a size zero or two, and now she is much happier at a size 12. Since the release of her book in 2009, she has been open about her struggles and her acceptance of self. In an interview in 2010, she said the following about her new struggles with the plus size label, according to ABC News:

"I feel pressure -- probably more from any place -- probably from the public and the media. I think that by placing a title on my head, which is 'plus-size,' and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I've basically failed you just with that. Because I couldn't possibly live up to that, and at this point in my life I would have to actually have another eating disorder to live up to that expectation."

Is size 12 a plus size? Many would say it is not. However, thin is still in when it comes to the fashion industry. Plus sized models are receiving more attention these days though, and that could be because of models like Crystal Renn bringing new attention to them. She is showing that big can be beautiful. As for Crystal Renn, she is ready to tackle more. At the age of 28, she has many dreams that she would like to pursue. She said the following about what she wants to do next:

"I am interested in design, photography, acting, styling, travel and directing. I love all the possibilities and want to experiment as much as I can because I think that is the best part of life, creation."

Crystal published her first book in 2009, and she is still finding success as a model. She can surely do anything she puts her mind to.

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