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HSG
12th March 2007, 14:52
<br>In case our readers south of the border are unaware of this, MuchMusic is Canada's answer to MTV--a channel that plays videos and other programs related to the contemporary music industry.

Last week, the station launched a new documentary series titled <i>MuchTalks,</i> and the first program was on the topic of <a href="http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/specials/muchtalks/bodyimage/" target="_blank">body image</a>.

Predicatably, the show presented a host of mixed messages, based on whom the VJs were interviewing (some positive, some less so). However, the highlight of the program was a three-minute clip of Crystal Renn.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/much01.jpg"></center><p>The footage will be familiar to readers of this site, as it was recorded at the time that MuchMusic's affiliated station, CityTV, <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=255" target="_blank">featured</a> Crystal Renn on its popular style program, <i>FashionTelevision.</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/much02.jpg"></center><p>However, the MuchMusic clip includes several comments by Crystal that never aired during the original presentation in December 2005, and--most exciting of all--a series of behind-the-scenes glimpses of the "making of" the photo shoot that was highlighted on <i>FashionTelevision.</i>

For this shoot, Crystal wore what may still be the most gorgeous dress that she has ever exhibited, surpassing even her celebrated Gaultier gown. It is a remarkably authentic Grecian style, and seems to have been taken right off the back of a Classical sculpture of Aphrodite. Never has Crystal looked more authentically a goddess than she does modelling this gown.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/much03.jpg"></center><p>The "wet look" that she sports for this shoot is entirely faithful to the Classical aesthetic, as sculptors of Antiquity specifically depicted their goddesses adorned in wet drapery, so that the fabric could be shown clinging to their voluptuous figures.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/much05.jpg"></center><p>There is also something immensely appropriate about seeing all of these hair, makeup, etc. artisans fussing over Crystal's appearance, making sure that she looks her very best for the camera. They are fulfilling the role that the acolytes and high priestesses of Venus would have performed in the Classical age: adorning their goddess, worshipping her, paying tribute to her lavish beauty in this manner.

For a moment, one can imagine Crystal recognizing that her voluptuous beauty fully entitles her to devotion such as this--being pampered and preened, and having her every desire gratified, her every wish fulfilled. One might thereby consider this video clip a bona fide Classical re-enactment, and not just a Classically-inspired photograph.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cr/much04.jpg"></center><p>You may view Ms.Renn's <i>MuchTalks</i> except at the following link:

- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/video/cr-much.wmv">Click here to watch Crystal on MuchTalks</a>