Crystal Renn Takes Plus Size To Paris
Plus size model Crystal Renn explains modelling for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier at Paris Fashion Week made her feel accepted within the fashion industry.
Plus size model Crystal Renn has stormed the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week.
The curvaceous beauty - who suffered from eating disorder anorexia nervosa after being told she would need to lose a third of her body weight if she wanted to pursue a career in modelling - flaunted her size 14 figure on the runways of legendary French fashion houses Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier.
After walking for the Zac Posen ZSpoke show at New York Fashion Week last month, the model has revealed being treated like "any other girl" in Paris has been an "amazing" experience.
She explained: "This has been one of the most amazing times of my life. I've done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible. Being treated as one of the pack, not the plus size model, is a real breakthrough.
"I'm here being treated like any other girl. It doesn't matter my size. It doesn't matter who I am. I'm going on castings like everybody else."
Crystal - who has appeared in advertising campaigns for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana and Chanel in the past - admitted the fashion industry is becoming increasingly accepting of those who stray away from the model norm.
She added to People magazine: "I'm still different from most of the girls at the castings but when I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking.
"Now, there's more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 10s and a couple size 12s. There is change happening in the industry. There is more allowance for people to be different. I'm so impressed. I can't wait for next season."