As some of you may have heard the famous plus-size model Crystal Renn (as seen in our banner) was recently seen overly retouched in her photos for “Fashion for Passion.” There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start.
Firstly, the fact that she is a plus-size model makes it completely ridiculous to photoshop her into a size-2 model. If they wanted a girl who was a size 2, they should have hired a girl who was a size 2. But to just completely change her body without permission is just utterly repulsive! Secondly, she is very proud of her shape and fought hard to get to the place where she is, a place of self-confidence and empowerment. So why, in about a few clicks, are they trying to erase all of that? And lastly, what kind of message does this send? It’s fine and dandy that you like your body and all, but we’d really prefer it if you were a couple sizes smaller- in fact, don’t even say the word, we’ll do it for you! So what then? Is perfection only a few clicks away?
A recent interview she did Renn states
“When I first saw the photos, I would have to say I was absolutely shocked,” Renn, 24, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY Thursday. “I think I sat in silence for a good five minutes.
“I didn’t think it was an accurate portrayal of my body in any way,” she added. “I’m a size 10, and that’s more like a size 2.”
I really thought we were moving toward a revolution and progression, a liberation of self-hatred. So why are there so many people so keen on sending us back to that horrible place, the place where you can’t see anything good in your own body. I, for one, don’t want to go back there. I want to get to a place where it’s OK to be you and where forms of self-loathing are not the order of the day. I so badly want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes it’s so hard. Well, when people are really ready to move on from that place we will be more than happy to welcome them with open arms on the other side.