This week Chanel unveiled their newest campaign, for the reopening of the brands SoHo store, which featured (Lagerfeld’s obsession) Baptiste Giabiconi and plus-size phenomenon Crystal Renn.
While the Daily Mail unnecessarily griped at the fact the photograph only showed Renn’s face – in the same week Liz Jones decided women with big boobs were sluts – the campaign was generally reported as a change in attitude towards plus size models. If Karl Lagerfeld, who has notoriously outspoken views on larger women, can use and photograph a plus size model for Chanel then there’s no reason why other designer’s can’t do the same.
In an interview with Fashionista, Renn said, “I think the fashion industry is changing and is more open to a new ideal. It’s about a personality and a moment captured…it’s not about body size it’s about talent and effort…I hope the industry sees this [campaign] as an example of that.”
However, not everyone is happy to see the arrival of larger models and the baggage that seems to come with them. Reading my coursemates rather lush blog, My 21st Year, she wrote, “I am going to be controversial now. I find ultra-skinny models awful to look at, but that doesn’t mean that you should replace them with a chubby bird.”
She said, “In the same way size-zero was hyped up for certain brands’ column inches, it seems that ‘size chunk’ is the new black.”
“To be honest, I’m starting to get a bit sick of Crystal Renn. ‘I used to starve myself’…’I was near death’…’I used to spend up to eight hours a day in the gym’. GIVE IT A REST WOMAN! …if I hear one more story about how miserable she was when she was skinny I’m going to throw something at my computer screen.”
Since releasing her book last year, in which Renn discussed her battle with anorexia after she was told she should drop five stones to become a successful model, Crystal Renn has become the face of plus size because, unlike her larger contemporaries, Renn has experience both sides of modeling.