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14th October 2006, 08:12
<br>A few weeks ago--right at the time that the Madrid Fashion Week banned underweight models from its catwalks--Crystal Renn appeared on CNN's <i>Showbiz Tonight.</i> Half of the interview dealt with her reaction to the Spanish decision, and the other half consisted of an account of her career to date.

The first half of the interview received an intensely negative reaction from the public, because Miss Renn repeated the fashion-industry's pathetic excuses for their use of emaciated models, and failed to acknowledge that many studies have directly linked skeletal fashion imagery to the spread of eating disorders among young women. Crystal did redeem herself a few days later, however, when an <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?postid=1569#poststop" target="_blank">article</a> appeared in the <i>Daily Mirror</i> in which she came out in <i>favour</i> of the Madrid ban.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/cnn01.jpg"></center><p>It's a shame that this issue distracted from the rest of the interview, because in the latter half of the CNN segment, Miss Renn spoke eloquently about how much her life has improved, now that she is a plus-size model, and that she no longer tortures herself with senseless gym-imprisonment.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/cnn03.jpg"></center><p>The interview also featured new footage of Crystal's appearance at the 2006 Jean-Paul Gaultier prêt-à-porter show (which remains the only unequivocally aesthetically successful appearance of a plus-size model in a Parisian fashion show to date). The video clips showed just how alluringly the dress embraced the model's sumptuous curves, and how well the folkloric, Old World theme of the show harmonized with Crystal's timeless beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/cnn02.jpg"></center><p>For this appearance, Crystal dressed in a elegant, spare, sober manner. It is a pleasure to see how soft and healthy her facial features look today, compared to her cadaverous appearance during her minus-size days. Perhaps because of over-zealous makeup artists, her print work doesn't always show just how full and attractive her visage appears at her current, natural size.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/cnn04.jpg"></center><p>Below is a link to an online video (43Mb) of the latter half of Miss Renn's interview. Note in particular Crystal's comment that other straight-size models have approached her, asking her how <i>they</i> might break into plus-size modelling.

Can you imagine what a world of beauty we would suddenly find ourselves in, if <i>all</i> of the industry's waifs suddenly blossomed into size-14 goddesses? Perhaps this is too much to hope for, but if Crystal's example prompts at least a few starving fashion victims to embrace their natural appetites and figures, she will deserve every possible accolade for having transformed the world--for the better.<p>- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OW2W3kh56A&fmt=18" target="_blank">Click here to watch Crystal on CNN</a> (3 min.)