Model Crystal Renn

August 26, 2009

Meet Crystal Renn a fashion model who has become a successful plus-size model. Find out more about the beautiful brunette and author of Hungry, a book which reveals her to be an outspoken trailblazer in the fashion world.

Crystal Renn

The 23-year old size 12 plus-sized model is in the news as her new book, the Crystal Renn Hungry memoir will be published on September 8, 2009 and addresses headlong her life story of teen-age modeling success, and extreme dieting, which subsequently led her to develop an eating disorder. It began when she was 15 and lost approximately 40 percent of her body weight following the advice of a model scout. She was 5’8″ and went from 175 pounds to 95 pounds.

Crystal Renn (picture above) discussed her impetus for writing the book in an interview with

“I could only reach a certain number of people through magazine interviews and I wanted to take it to the next level and go into greater depths about my story. One of the messages I wanted to get out was that no matter who you are or where you are, you can accomplish your dreams. I’m a girl from Clinton, Mississippi, and here I am in New York. I also wanted to talk about body acceptance and help women feel empowered.”

Her diet became very stringent as she revealed, to the point of eating, at the most extreme, “600 or 700 calories a day.”

“I would steam vegetables and eat them with fat-free dressing for breakfast, for lunch it was lettuce with balsamic vinegar, for dinner maybe the same thing. Everything was always fat-free or sugar-free.”

The book reveals how she overcame the eating disorder by age 17 and how she continued to find success in modeling and it has drawn attention both to her and to the fashion and modeling industry. Additionally, the recent Crystal Renn Glamour magazine May 2009 photo shoot by Patrick Demarchelier, in which she appeared in a swimsuit has also drawn notice.

As a biography, Crystal Renn was born on June 18, 1986 in Miami Florida, so her age is 23. She grew up in Clinton, Mississippi. She has brown hair and brown eyes and her height is 5-foot-8 inches tall. From the age of 14 she aspired to be a model. As mentioned above, it was upon the advice of a talent scout, at age 15, that she lost more than 90 pounds, and went from a size 16 to a size 6. While she had success in New York as a model, with her weight ranging from 95 pounds to 105 pounds, the dieting and the weight loss compromised her health.

Now Crystal Renn’s measurements are 38C-30-42. (96.5-76-106.5 cm). She reflected upon her eating disorder in an interview with The Telegraph.

‘I found out a profound thing about myself – that everyone’s got issues with their weight and their body. I was lucky enough to get it sorted out when I was a teenager. Now I know what happiness is, and I feel blessed to have that at such a young age. I’m glad I went through it. I can tell other girls about it and save them the trip.’

As a plus-size model, she has been photographed by legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue magazine. She has graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar (Russia), Elle Italia, and French Revue.

Additionally, she has worked with Lane Bryant, Evans and Torrid; all of whom have plus-size clothing lines. Additionally she has been a runway model for Jean-Paul Gaultier and additionally has been on the catwalk for Vena Cava and Heatherette. She has done print work for Dolce & Gabbana.

In June 2007 Crystal Renn married Gregory Vrecenak. Photographer Brian Boulos took the wedding photos.

The cover of her book, Hungry, as well as some photos from her earlier years, when she dieted down to as little as 95 pounds can be seen here.

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(Click on each of the Crystal Renn pictures to enlarge)

Photos: Flashpoint /, PNP /,

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