Thursday, 6 May 2010

Crystal Renn : Losing her "Curves"?

Crystal Renn is undoubtedly a beautiful woman, however in recent events women are concerned that she is no longer “curvy” enough. Crystal was featured on the Glamour cover alongside Alessandra Ambrosio (Victoria Secrets) and Brooklyn Decker (Sports Illustrated), many thought that Crystal was “photo shopped into oblivion”. So the million dollar question is, has Crystal lost her “curves”? In my opinion, no. Has she lost weight, most definitely. Although many were happy to see Renn on the cover of Glamour, they also felt disdain, because she has lost a considerable amount of weight. I think a lot of curvier women are feeling that they can’t relate to Crystal anymore, perhaps its because she is currently a size 10-12; but whether she is a size 6 or 16, she is still an icon, and in my personal opinion, created the pavement for curvaceous women.


Over at Glamour.com, there was a debate on “"How "Curvy" do you have to be , to be "Curvy"?", essentially the debate was about being a “real woman” based on body types. I reiterate, what editor in chief Cindi Leive says, it doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, a real woman comes in different forms. A skinny woman is just as much of a real woman, as a plus-size or curvier woman. Another thing that was discussed was labels, and this has been playing on my mind for awhile. Why do we label ourselves? I mean why do we separate skinny from fat, or curves from no curves etc. Why is so important to label ourselves? I think we find comfort in labels, we belong to something instead of feeling alone, I just think there need to be more positive labels for everyone, not just plus size women (we really need to find another term, ergh I hate the term “plus-size”).


However, I do feel the mainstream media, needs to promote ALL sizes, not just stop at a size 20. Every size and shape needs to be celebrated, after all if we all looked the same the world would be such a boring place! I think slowly but surely the media is accepting curvier sizes, but there is still a long way to go. I'm hopeful that someday, EVERY shape and size will be admired, and celebrated and praised, instead of being put down and receive negative reactions.


So my questions are, can you still relate to Crystal? What is the definition of “Curvy” to you? And do you think that society and the media will ever accept anyone larger than a size 20?



LaCara


Slimmer Crystal...


Was this the Crystal you related to?



Curvier Crystal....

6 comments:

Katrin said...

I totaly agree with you about the labels, I think you can't say that skinny women aren't real ones! Of cause they are, every woman is real. Hmm and curvy... I see myself as extremely curvy but maybe someone in a size 10 says she is curvy too, so thats okay.
For me its not the problem that crystal maybe lost some weight and now looks thinner on the cover, my problem is that she still is called plus sized and that glamour congrates themselves for being open and putting sooo many shapes and sized in their issue, but actually you don't see a big difference to the other ones.

LaCara said...

Absolutely, I found that extremely interesting, because they all roughly look the same size, which kind of undermines their goal. I consider myself extremely curvy also. I don't know how to exactly define "Curvy" because someone smaller than me could describe themselves curvy aswell. I think as long as you have a shape, you have curves lol, I think the word "curvy" has been turned to an amibiguous word....

Immer. said...

"I think the word "curvy" has been turned to an amibiguous word...."

I'm absolutely agree with your words

mark said...

as a man I would like for the gay men who are the power behind fashion to know that straight men generally don't like their women to look like 12 year old boys. Look at any magazine designed to attract men's attention, all curvy women the way God made them, not emaciated concentration camp survivors!

BoldAsLove said...

She probably had to tone up for her Chanel campaign. We all know how Lagerfield feels about "fat girls"

LaCara said...

@ Mark - I agree, and thank you for your passionate comment. However, what about the women who are naturally skinny, are we to shun them? I say we embrace all women & men as they are.

@ BoldAsLove - Crystal said she allows her weight to fluctuate, because she can do that as she is plus size model, but whatever her size she is still amazing.

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