Monday, March 15, 2010

Revelry Review: Hungry by Crystal Renn

This weekend I finished reading the book Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by Crystal Renn, which I heard about via a CNN article a few weeks ago. Full confession: I have a huge girl crush on Crystal. I think she is absolutely gorgeous, wish I looked like her every time I see her picture AND I love, love, love that her NORMAL size body has graced the covers of so many magazines (Vogue, Elle, etc).

What I didn't know before reading the book was that she struggled with intense anorexia as she tried to lose enough weight to become and remain a "straight size" model. At 5'9, she was 95 pounds at one point. Eventually, having had enough with starvation, endless hours spent in the gym and criticism from people in the modeling industry, she became determined to get healthy. Ford modeling agency took her on as one of their plus-size models, which I find ridiculous since Crystal is a perfectly average size 12, but that's another rant for a different day. In this book, Crystal recounts her biography but also takes on the fashion and modeling industry. She comes to love her body for the size it wants to be instead of trying to force it to be smaller. The book made me like her even more.

I saw Crystal in ads for Lane Bryant (and didn't know who she was) but really became interested in her and her story after seeing this ad of her in a red bathing suit in Glamour magazine. It was so refreshing to see someone who wasn't a size 0 in their swimsuit photos. She has since appeared in their magazine and on their website many times. Apparently I wasn't the only one--this was one of the photos that caused many readers to write in and ultimately convinced Glamour to include more average-sized girls in their magazine, including the one of "The Girl on Page 194", which made national headlines. You can learn more about her from these clips from 20/20, Ellen, Good Morning America and Nightline.

And some more photos of Crystal:


Analiese Marie said...

She is absolutely gorgeous. I think I'm going to have to read this book.
Great to see a normal, healthy, GORGEOUS girl getting positive attention.

City Girl said...

She's lovely. I remember wondering if she was the girl on page 192, but was thrown of by her hair color. I need to add this book to my list :)

Lauren said...

The "girl on page 192" (or 194--I've seen it as both! ha) is actually Lizzie Miller, another beautiful model, but that picture was put into Glamour based on the response to Crystal Renn's red bathing suit photo the summer before!

Kayla said...

She is stunning. The book sounds great. I am going to add to my "to read" list.

akarmaproject said...

I'm going to check out the book as well. It's crazy that somebody that is 5'9 and a size 12 is considered "plus sized". That's just insane.

stephanie alaine said...

lauren, i LOVED that red bathing suit babe. i was getting my hair colored, and paul was there and i said: looK! it's someone who looks like ME in a bathing suit! isn't it sad that there are so few times in the history of magazine reading when you see someone who looks HEALTHY bodied? and, um, at their natural weight?

she is gorgeous and so brave to embrace her full self. thanks for sharing your review. will be shopping for this book promptly!