Crystal Renn Inspired by Carine Roitfeld

Plus-sized model Crystal Renn is going to miss Carine Roitfeld now that she is no longer editor for Vogue Paris because she says she finds Carine to be inspiring. Crystal has appeared in Vogue Paris several times since shooting to fame, most recently in an editorial photographed by Tom Ford (see it here). The model commented:

"I have to say working with Vogue Paris, with Carine, has been incredible, I think that I truly understand talent now - and how inspiring people can be. She has taught me so much, just by being in her presence. All of the shoots that I have done with French Vogue have had some sort of message, have wanted to challenge the reader of the magazine - and that's what I like, that's what I like about the characters she has picked for me; they're challenging. I think we have the same outlook when it comes to the shoots that we do."

Renn, who has previously struggled with an eating disorder also opened up on her recent weight loss which many suspected was due to the immense pressure put on her to be thin. Renn told Ford Models Blog:

"When this whole weight loss thing happened, I think that a lot of people wanted to point their finger at somebody," Renn told the Ford Models Blog. "I think that they wanted to find a conspiracy where there absolutely was none. A lot of people said the industry was pressuring me, my agency was pressuring me, I was pressuring me, but it was just not the case in all three cases. But where do I feel pressure? I feel pressure - probably more than 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. I had anorexia ultimately because someone else set the standard for me and I wanted to follow it. And if I followed what the public wanted from me or what the media wants from me, I'd be doing the same thing. I'd have a binge eating disorder." 

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