What an INSPIRATION!!! This is a must read book for anyone thinking about working in the fashion industry, being a model, going on a diet – or just if you’re not 100% happy with your looks.
Renn is an absolute star, when you read back through her history and hear of everything she has gone through, she truly is a fighter – someone who I look up to and think, I wish I could do something as good as her someday!! Because whether she thinks so or not, I think she has made a great change in the industry.. yes it is a one that’s just beginning but she worked hard to not only change the industry perception of plus size models but also to make herself healthy, heal her problems and turn herself into a women that is happy with her image and the person she has become.
The media portrays this ‘ideal’ of perfection and sells not only the look but also the lives of the models… so many young girls want to be a model, and nobody actually takes into consideration that it might not be all it’s cracked up to be! From working in the industry I knew it wasn’t a Cinderella story but Renn’s account opened my eyes – it’s NOTHING like the fairytale, particularly if like Renn your DNA doesn’t do size 0!
For anyone attempting a diet, especially a quick weight loss one – please, I beg you read this book first. Life shouldn’t be about watching what we put in our mouths every 10 seconds, it should be a joy, fun, as for all we know we’re only here once! Why waste it contemplating on whether there are more calories in a diet coke or a stick of sugar-free gum! Take a note from Renn and embrace the size you’re meant to be!
Whoever thought such things could fly from the mouths of two top designers… I never realised it was possible! I just wish they had spoken louder, and clearer so the rest of the world could have heard their tiny but slightly effective fight towards the greater good.
I came across these quotes in Crystal Renn’s Hungry and wowie, what a shocker!! According to a journalist from The Times (not sure if this is UK or US), ‘designers such as Antonio Beradi (above image AW’09) & Roland Mouret (below image of Beyonce) have spoken about problems finding girls who adequately fill their womanly clothes.
Beradi comments that “we have to spend days altering things. We add padding and pieces that work inside the clothes to exaggerate their bodies into a more female form.” “I see advertising going back to that powerful 1980s mentality, when girls like Linda Evangelista were the ideal.”‘ (Renn, 2009 p. 111)
What a statement, I never realised some designer actually wanted larger models, (though ‘larger’ to them may be a US 2/4, UK 6/8 – it’s a start). It’s so great to hear that the super skinny don’t look great in Mouret and Beradi’s clothes – because as I’ve said time and time again, it’s what you wear for your shape and size that counts. Not the actual shape and size you are!
It’s a given that some things look better on skinnier people, but it’s also FACT that some things look better on the more curvy amongst us – happily argued by Mouret and Beradi here! Plus Beyonce looks FAB in the Mouret dress below!
There has always been a statistical debate on whether Marilyn Monroe was a size 16, or not? The majority of my life the media has portray this image of curvaceous Monroe and therefore hypocritically stated that if Monroe was a 16 and beautiful – so can’t we all! They often forget the fact (especially in magazines) that two pages ago they were showing the newest, tiniest and totally unhealthiest looking models (oh they say, we need to keep the balance). Yes, they do need to keep the balance but not with a hypocritical yo-yo opinion, and not with unhealthy models – that’s where it HAS to stop.
All I want is No. 1 the truth and No. 2 a broader representation of society, not with a yo-yo half hearted opinion to please every living soul – the whole magazine, newspaper, whatever it may be needs to voice it’s ok to be whatever size you want, whatever race etc. Not one minute page (e.g. page 184 ‘Lizzie Miller’ comes to mind!).
Anyway back to Monroe, after a tad of research I realised that Monroe was no-way near the pretence the media gave her. She was a curvy, hourglass shape with stats of 36-23-35 in her youth with her weight fluctuating throughout her career. Apparently this 5ft 5″ beauty wore a 30E bra, and according to The Times magazine this made her a 8 or 10?!
The Times ‘Was Marilyn Monroe a size 16?’
It’s perfectly viable that she wasn’t a 16, as with those stats – no way! But an 8 or a 10 with a 36″ bust, I don’t think so! She may have had a tiny frame and a small waist but when you realise that an 10 was pretty non-existent in that day… and an 8 just didn’t happen (according to my interviewee’s). The sizes were different to they are today – with all the attempts to flatter women with more generous sizing – the 8’s and 10’s aren’t what they used to be.
On a final note I think Monroe was more of a 10 – 12 throughout her career, especially as her stats changed with time! She wasn’t the larger sized icon we thought she was, but she was curvy, beautiful and pretty much accepted her larger busted shape – something that wouldn’t happen so readily nowadays.