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Old 8th April 2006   #1
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Default Crystal Renn in Glamour

The May 2006 issue of Glamour has a four-page photo shoot of Crystal Renn, photographed in black-and-white. The headline for the piece refers to Crystal as "the breathtakingly body-confident toast of the style world. Meet the woman who defines what's sexy now." There is a very short article accompanying the photos that mentions her walk down the runway with Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Goodness, it's hard to beat "who defines what's sexy now"! Of course, Glamour in its usual way manages to undercut the message elsewhere in the issue. For example, "How to Lose the Last 10 Pounds." The answer should be "Be proud of them, and finish your dessert, then you will be as gorgeous as Crystal!"
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Old 10th April 2006   #2
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Sexy now? No, sexy always. Plus-size beauty has ever been considered the ideal of feminine allure, throughout the history of Western art. No one ever thought otherwise, except for Hollywood and the New York magazine establishment, and only beginning in the last century, when femininity itself came under attack. Hopefully, Miss Renn's success is helping the modern media recognize true beauty at last--and thereby, to rejoin the human race.

It's nice to know that Glamour published such an editorial, although the photography doesn't quite match Crystal's exciting recent Torrid covers, her layouts in Italian Vanity Fair (which still has the distinction of photographic Miss Renn better than any other magazine), or her all-time masterpiece, last year's Lane Bryant spring campaign. Still, the following image--the best in the layout--is rather subversive:

In it, Crystal proudly demonstrates that she has a curvaceous midriff. This is where the best work is being done in the plus-size industry today--showing that all womanly curves are beautiful.

It is worth comparing the above image with surviving examples of Classical sculpture, many of which similarly celebrate soft fullness as the epitome of feminine beauty.

- Click here to view our sculpture gallery

(and note the Crouching Aphrodite from the Louvre, in particular).

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Old 14th April 2006   #3
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The cover promises "A sexier body at any size," but Crystal Renn is the only woman featured who is not a tanorexic model. Along with the usual diet and exercise fodder, there is an article about why celebrities are thinner than the "average" woman. (They have the time and money to spend on torturing themselves with extreme diets and exercise. Really, I never knew! ) Of course, while trying to make women feel better about not having so-called "perfect" bodies, the question that was not asked was: Who decided that hard, boyish bodies were "perfect," and that curvy bodies needed to change?
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Old 14th April 2006   #4
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Hmmm, I believe the answer to that would be post-modernist, avant garde and highly consumer-driven fashion industry that is, in many cases, run by men who have very little biological interest in women (if you catch my drift) and are, therefore, fashioning new, malleable and abstract ideals of 'what's beautiful now' opposed to the timeless standard of women who look capable of reproduction.

It's amazing the money and power we as women give to this narrow group of individuals who are all vying to outdo each other with a new gimmick or look.
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