Crystal Renn, once the poster girl for plus-size models, has added insult to injury. She’s now reed thin and blonde on the cover of her first high fashion magazine.
Renn, 25, showed off her new blonde hair and eyebrows via Twitter earlier this month and said it was for a “special project.” The project turned out to be her first cover for German fashion magazine Schon.
She also appeared this year for the first time in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Check out Crystal’s photos; click to enlarge.
Earlier in her career, she says she would eat lettuce and vegetables all day long. She also would work out three to four hours minimum and sometimes up to eight hours a day to keep her weight down.
After battling anorexia, she gained 70 pounds and debuted on the runway as a plus-size model in 2006. She blossomed into a curvaceous beauty and wore size 12 and 16 dresses, closer to what an average woman might wear.
She also bitch-slapped the industry in her book “Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.”
“Everyone rallied around her and now she’s turned against us. We have been betrayed by her,” PLUS Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones told RadarOnline.
“Crystal was the biggest plus size supermodel in our era and a lot of readers aspired to be like her. We supported her 100 percent.”
But over the past year, she’s undergone a transformation and now could easily mix with models on the catwalks of New York, London and Paris.
Becoming reed thin was one thing, but dying her hair blonde put her squarely in the middle of the industry’s stereotyped vision of beauty.
She attributes her recent weight loss to hiking and yoga. She also says she wears a size 6 to 10 dress depending on the designer. “That’s an interesting place to be in fashion, where extremes are the norm.”
Check out her photos!