Formerly the most sought-after plus-sized model in the world, Crystal Renn shows off her new body on the cover to Vogue Mexico this month. Having been between a size 10-14 for most of her career, the press nearly fainted over photos that were released last summer that showed a dramatic weight loss. Renn has always been open about her battle with anorexia as a teen model, so it came as a shock when she appeared to be just as thin as when she had an eating disorder.
Crystal Renn as a teen and the controversial shoot in 2010
Read more and see Renn's Vogue editorial after the jump
At the time Renn denied having undergone such extreme weight loss, saying the images were Photoshopped, and candid photos revealed that this was indeed true. But in her editorial for Vogue Mexico, which harks back to the days of the true 90s supermodel, it's apparent she had been losing weight. Renn cited her own health concerns as the reason behind it, not industry pressure.
Crystal Renn from Harper's Bazaar Australia in 2009
What I'm curious about is this: By taking away what set Crystal Renn aside as a model, how will the industry now view her? Renn is undeniably stunning, but how long can she coast on her previous reputation as a high-fashion underdog is up for debate. With her thinner body, her face is now what defines her and she doesn't seem to fit any of the popular model categories, like the little girl doll face or the harsh Nordic sexbomb, or the androgyn. She has a classically beautiful face that couture has overlooked for at least the last ten years. Her weight gave her that edge and not that it's gone, she's sadly one of many universally beautiful woman (oh how awful!) that is better suited for lingerie or Sports Illustrated than runway or, well, American, French, Italian, or Japanese Vogues.
Perhaps slimming down is just financially prudent since she can be up for more traditional campaign work and that generally pays the best. Unfortunately, her competition would also increase dramatically since she's closer to the average fashion model's size. But in the end I'm sure being a human "shock value" gets old after a while. Renn may be perfectly happy to be just another face in the line-up and not a name assosicated with heavy-set women. Luckily she is in the good graces of longtime supporters like designer Jean Paul Gaultier and photographer Steven Miesel and has even published a book on her struggles with eating disorders, so she won't be out of a job any time soon.
Watch the making of Crystal Renn's Vogue Mexico shoot:
What do you think about Crystal Renn's weight loss?