Crystal Renn: Blossoming beauty

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Posted by HSG on January 05, 2005 at 06:58:04:

For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins

         (Swinburne, Atalanta in Calydon)

As we hoped, Lane Bryant's spring campaign is turning out to be a visual marvel, very much in the Neoclassical spirit of John William Godward, or Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Several new images from this campaign are now viewable at, but the one that catches the eye (and captures the heart) is this masterpiece, showing Crystal Renn in an idyllic garden setting:

The beauty of the model and the natural environment are one. They harmonize perfectly, each lending their glory to the other. Crystal's soft, lovely arms are the epitome of classical perfection, and she enhances the image considerably by adopting a searching expression, instead of one of the "harder" poses that she is compelled to use in her editorial work.

Burgundies and dark purples are becoming Crystal's trademark colours, as much as pinks are Valerie's trademark hues. The sleeveless top is feminine and pretty (and contrasts most effectively with the verdant background).

Perhaps a skirt would have suited the image even better, but this casual look is effective in its own way. Viewers encountering this image will first consider the model a rather contemporary young woman. But her soft figure, and the enchanting setting, will soon take them "out of the moment," and play on their imaginations, transporting them to the world of grace and harmony that dwells in our collective unconscious. They will realize that in another time, a woman just like Crystal--differently-attired, perhaps but with an identical figure, and in just such a setting--would have been revered as the epitome of feminine allure.

Thereafter, they will never again view plus-size girls through the distorted lens of the modern media--which seeks to warp their natural beauty into something questionable--but rather, they will see them as they really are.

Goddesses incarnate.

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