This may be the last time, for a while, that I post on one of my favourite models, the gorgeous Ms Renn.
I love to look at her not only because of the obvious (she’s lovely) but because she spoke out and wrote about the rights of beautiful women of all sizes to be considered so. Because she did not conform to the accepted standards of size and beauty in the brutal industry in which she succeeded.
Her story was more poignant for the fact that she had suffered from anorexia and bulimia, and appeared to have made her peace with her body and she was richly rewarded for it.
A story straight out of Oprah!
Life, of course, is never that simple.
I am not an expert in either disease, but common sense suggests that, if an anorexic or bulimic woman is repeatedly told she is beautiful because she is “large,” there is a very real risk of re-igniting the disease.
One of the best descriptions of anorexia I have ever heard was from the TV show, Intervention, where one of the counselors described a woman’s anorexia as a beast, who would hover watchfully in the shadows, observing her struggle to overcome it, while doing push-ups. Becoming ever stronger, just waiting for the opportunity to overwhelm her again.
And then lunging in for the kill.
And looking at these images, from Harper’s Bazaar, feeds my suspicion that Renn has, one again, lost her fight with the beast.
A lollipop head, a child’s waist…she remains beautiful – but her body no longer bears any resemblance to that of a “normal” woman.
They’re pretty images, similar to any you might see on pages of any women’s magazine. And I am sure she received many enthusiastic compliments for them. Our society says, “You’re looking so skinny” as the ultimate praise.
That can’t be good for a recovering anorexic, either.
I suspect the last thing that any anorexic needs is to be scrutinised and judged (either positively or negatively) while she’s struggling with the monster.
I think sick people need time and peace and privacy to get well.
So much as I love to look at her, it’s got to be adieu, for now, Crystal Renn.
I hope someone loves her enough to look after her.
Images via Stylite