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Crystal Renn

Updated on June 11, 2014

A Goddess

This plus size goddess from Clinton, Mississippi has appeared in French, Italian, American, and Mexican Vogue. No easy task for any curvy beauty. She has also been a regularly featured full-figure model for Lane Bryant, Evans, Torrid, Dolce & Gabbana, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more.

Crystal Renn has had to battle her own demons, since she was first scouted into the world of glamor at the age of fourteen, to become comfortable with her body, who she wanted to be, and what she wanted to accomplish in life. It has lead her on an unexpected path to being a role model for women of all sizes.

This lens is dedicated to Crystal Renn and her fans.

Three Reasons to Love Crystal Renn

ONE - She is comfortable in her own skin.

TWO - She has created her success on her own terms.

THREE - She is va-va-voom!

The Weight Debate

There has been considerable debate over the last few months about whether Crystal has lost weight. This video from a Canadian photo shoot (The Block) definitely confirms that she has trimmed down her usual curves. Does she still look good? Definitely? Is she still a plus size model? No. Is still a full-figured model? Probably. Will we ever lose the size tags when it comes to modeling? Doubtful. But thin or curvy, I still love to look at her. I hope you do too!

"I want to be a model my way."

~Crystal Renn

Crystal Encourages Fuel Relief Fund

A Little Push from Lane Bryant

A few years ago Crystal Renn helped Lane Bryant

promote their new Cacique Push Up Demi Bra. It was a great fitting bra for the plus size form.

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Crystal's Fat Stats



Size 10 to 14

165 lbs

Update: These are not her current stats as she has lost some weight. These were her full-figured stats (Ford Models lists her as a size 8).

She is a "Hungry" Girl

Crystal Renn Book Cover
Crystal Renn Book Cover

Crystal Renn's autobiography Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves was released in September 2009 through or can be ordered via As you can see from the image above it was available in two cover choices.

"An inspiring and cautionary tale for women of all ages, Hungry is an uplifting memoir with a universal message about body image, beauty and self-confidence."

The Author Revealed

Crystal shares what she knows. This is actually a superb video of her discussing modeling and the opportunities she's been lucky to have.

Crystal Talk with Jeff Rivera - About Hungry

The Body Beautiful


In 2006 Crystal Renn participated in a photo shoot for a four page spread in Glamour Magazine.

The sole purpose of the presentation was to display natural beauty at it's finest.

This is an image from that shoot. Success!

Crystal Renn as Surfer Chic

Books for Curvy Chicks

The Fat Girl's Guide to Life
The Fat Girl's Guide to Life

Cheeky reflections, inspirations and rants from a girl in the know with a voice worth listening to.


The Diversity of Crystal Renn

1. Crystal Renn Polaroid Preview April 2012

2. Crystal Renn opens up for the National Organization for Women's "Love Your Body" campaign.

3. StyleCaster teamed up with model Crystal Renn for this interview titled "Crystal Renn: Identity".

4. Crystal Renn in Elle Canada, January 2010 Issue. Video courtesy

5. Way back in 2007, seems like a lifetime ago, Crystal Ren was a "new face" for Evans.

Sharing Some Skin with Other Plus Models


November 2009 issue of Glamour magazine featured seven successful plus size models: From far left: Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon, Anansa Sims and Jennie Runk. Bottom Center: Lizzie Miller.

On V Magazine

Crystal Renn talks behind the scenes about the excitement of the V curvy issue.

Crystal Renn and Leah Kelley in Malibu

Here is a fun video of Crystal with Leah Kelley after a Target photo shoot in Malibu. The girls are relaxing and having fun by the pool. Great house!

Making It Official

Crystal has an official website URL that redirects to the Ford Models blog and all posts related to her.

Visit Crystal Renn's official website.

She has an official Facebook page which I think is also managed by Ford Models.

Crystal also shares some of her photography on her official Instagram.

Follow her and show your support.

Dance Like Nobody's Watching!

Dance Like Nobody's Watching!
Dance Like Nobody's Watching!

Crystal the Advocate


Crystal Renn is one of the highest paid (and requested) plus size models in the world. She's also becoming quite the advocate for size acceptance.

Recently she appeared alongside other prominent voices on both sides of the debate "is it ok to be fat" on ABC's Nightline. I watched the full 45 minutes and I have to say it was interesting. Both sides make valid points. Now if only they could get together and work something out.

You can find a link for the Nightline debate at the Who is Crystal Renn lens which I just updated.

The Crystal Weight Debate


I think Crystal Renn is a beautiful woman no matter what her size. Do I want her to remain plus size forever? Sure. Because that is what I can relate too. But I totally understand how her body would fluctuates given her hectic and active lifestyle; especially, the last two years.

I find it insane that we would attack her (and many other celebrities) for losing weight. They are just like us and we have to stop putting them up on pedestals like statues that never change their form. If we want people to respect us and our bodies we need to set a better example and accept others for theirs.

When it comes to modeling, I think people need to realize that Crystal's a full-figure model and not a plus size model in the traditional sense. There is a lot of confusion (and some times horror) when it comes to the clothing industries description of plus size (14 to 26) conflicting with the modeling industry's description (8 to 14). Many can not separate the two and many others seem to be offended. It confuses and frustrates people all around. All these things are not Crystal's fault.

Her true fans won't care what division she's in. I think there are just so many people attached to her that are afraid of losing such an obviously beautiful and vocal spokesmodel for their cause: the one where all women are beautiful regardless of their size. But the thing is, Crystal can be an advocate for plus women no matter what size she is.

Show your support by saying something positive and be sure to check out the latest interview link I added between Crystal and Glamour magazine.

Crystal Renn Engages in Food P*&%


Looks like the former plus size model Crystal Renn (Who is Crystal Renn) and fashion photographer Terry Richardson are causing waves in the fat community (and beyond) with a new photo shoot for French Vogue that has her gorging on food in a sexually explicit manner.

Crystal is bedazzled in beautiful jewels and snuggled in gorgeous sweaters while she sits eating (loosely applied) spaghetti, meat, sausage and squid. A few voices have screamed it's a fashion shoot, others that it is art. Personally, I don't care for any of the photos or the gluttony and sexual connotations they showcases.

Does she look beautiful in them? Of course she does, she's a beautiful woman. She is gorgeous in fact (whether she is slim or plus size she IS gorgeous). They went for shock & not for the clothing/jewelry. The sweaters/jewelry become the background in this photo shoot. This isn't art to me. Crystal has been artistically photographed hundreds of time. I've seen it. This is just... well, the only thing that come to mind is "ew".

This is one of those instances where the model (and role model for women over a wide range of ages) should have used her brains and said "no".

You can see images for this photo shoot on plus size model Mia Amber's blog.

Stand By: A Video Short - Featuring Crystal Renn

This short video was directed by Jason Last for StyleCaster. It is dark but beautiful.

Don't expect your comment to be approved if you can't state your opinion without being rude and obnoxious.

Shout Out For Crystal Renn!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great role model

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Great role model. Cheers~cb

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      top101 6 years ago

      She is stunning!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Thrinsdream: Definitely not anymore for sure. I think she is down to a size 6 now. Even at her biggest I don't think she was above 14. Which really, in clothing size rides the wave between straight and plus sizes. But the fashion world labeled her full-figure and eventually plus size replaced that. Thanks Cathi.

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      She is not exactly BIG is she! Beautiful woman though. Lovely lens. Thank you. Cathi x

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Gypzeerose: Yes... and No. ;D In the runway and print fashion industry size 8 to 14 is considered to be a full-figured model, 14-18 a plus size model, although there are many models above that size who get regular work too.

      In the clothing industry plus size generally starts at 14 but many companies are starting at 10, not because they think those sizes should be classified as plus but because those sizes have shown an interest in their clothing.

      I think we all need to work toward size acceptance for all sizes big and small. It is just a number or label, and not the be all and end all of us as women -- being plus size is not a curse, it is just a number.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Is size 10-14 plus sized? Actually size 14 is average for American women. We need to get a grip. I think Crystal is beautiful. :)

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 6 years ago from Wales

      A very beautiful lens and woman Thank you

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      damoiselle 6 years ago

      Love her. <3

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      homesteadinglif 6 years ago

      It is often hard to live in a full sized body especially in today's culture. this is a wonderful lens about the power of self confidence

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to the beautiful Crystal Renn!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Cool lens and great read!

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      She is really beautiful.Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice work here. Thank you for the beautiful lens.

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      writercb1 7 years ago from United States

      I didn't recognize her until I saw the cover of "Hungry", which I read about a while ago, and still that picture sticks in my mind. This woman is gorgeous! I can't believe she is (or was) considered "plus size", she is healthy and gorgeous! There is a proper amount of fat on her body. she actually has curves, it's fantastic. I am sortof sorry to hear she lost weight, really, because she seemed like such a good advocate for "you don't have to be stick thin", and by losing weight that sortof shadows her strength as an plus-size advocate, in my eyes. Well, she's still beautiful, and hopefully she is still being a model "her way"! Also thanks for pointing out the other plus size models...I am curious...

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      Andy-Po 7 years ago


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      jvsper63 7 years ago

      She is beautiful. Nice lens

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      E L Seaton 7 years ago from Virginia

      Another incredible Mississippian brought to my attention up there with James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman and "O". Great lens.

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      JoshK47 7 years ago

      Wow, I'm glad you brought this absolutely gorgeous woman to my attention!

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      Wow.. thanks! nice!

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      MaryaSanders 7 years ago

      She's absolutely beautiful! Great lens

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      surfer1969 lm 7 years ago

      She's very pretty.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 7 years ago

      Thank You for the very informative lens! I loved it! I rated it up and joined your fan club, hope to see you in my fan club too! Great Job!!!


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      C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

      Thanks for this inspirational lens! Crystal makes me feel much better about being a 14. Blessed!

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      ThruMyEyes LM 7 years ago

      hmmm, didn't know anything about this stuff, very informative!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I weigh 175 and am a size 10-12. It depends on your body fat distribution (very proportional), frame, and muscle, and height of course. Im 5 ft 7 i would say average.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      My goodness! Such beautiful women! I am more than a plus size myself. I guess I am more like a waterbed.=D

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      David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Simply stunning!

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      I really like her story. She says she didn't start succeeding until she started being true to herself and allowing herself to be just the way she is.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very Inspiring and beautiful

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very Admirable, and inspiring

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Mr. Tideman, Crystal is beautiful as is- she is NOT A PLUS size woman and I'm sure works out already. She has curves and something to hold on to, it you catch my drift. SKINNY IS OUT!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Crystal Renn is beautiful, and a SIZE 10 IS NOT PLUS SIZE! If this society believes sizes 10-14 are plus size, then beliefs and what a woman should LOOK like in others' eyes, are EXTREMELY living in the HOLLYWOOD DREAM WORLD! Women that were photographed in the 1940-1950s were "hourglass shape" and beautiful. This fantasy that all women need to be a size 0-6 is strictly for hollywood. Most of the actors/actress types from hollywood are UNREALISTIC sizes and all of the women that are on TV shows/movies, etc. are PATHECTICALLY SKINNY AND DON'T LOOK HEALTHY!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A size 10 is not a plus size model. Show us someone who is a 22.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      She is beautiful but I think it's sad a size 10 is considered a Plus Size!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how do you stuff 165 lbs into a size 10? i weigh 10 lbs less and am lucky to get into a 14.must be the cut.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Jane, You must have more muscle is the answer, like Tina Lockwood, the body-builder, of which if Renn were to hit the gym to sculpt her legs and add on an extra inch of bicep muscle she would indeed be THE most gorgeous woman in THE world! Take a look at her briefcase over the head photo in black dress at the mis-spelling of Crystal Wren at GOOGLE, with the letter: W (under the big W in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" - her a treasure galore!), reminds me of Gale Sondergaard as Tylette in "The Blue Bird" movie of 1940 and her running through the forest fire. Here today after seeing her on today's Charles Osgood's CBS "Sunday Morning" TV show.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Would you clarify what size chart you are utilising - Australian, American, United Kingdom or European. I am exactly her height and weight and I wear a size 14 (Australian). So if you are using an Australian size chart there would be no way you could be her height and weight and wear a size 8.

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      Recession Proof2 8 years ago

      She's a beauty for sure. Nice lens, Thanks BigGirlBlue!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My wife shops at Lane Bryant and I can't wait to see the next sale flyer in thr mail.All the girls are out of this world...

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      anonymous 8 years ago


      Why isn't Toccara Jones on list?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The most beautiful women ever! A true Goddess! Makes my heart purr like a cat.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Seriously, she is amazingly beautiful. Though I am a little confused about her weight? I am exactly the same height and have literally exactly the same measurements though a slightly larger bust - 38D and am an Australian size 16 (US 12 I believe) however I weigh almost 200lbs.

      Perhaps it's just ditributed unevenly in my head or something???

      I think she's a great inspiration though and whenever I feel a bit down about my size, I come have a look at some pics of her and she inspires me to be proud of what and who I naturally am

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      She's beautiful!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      There's no way Crystal Renn weighs 165 lbs, because at my height... my weight would be pretty equivalent, and I wear a size 8. I hate it when they knock down/up plus size models weights (like how many different numbers have we heard for Marilyn Monroe?) Crystal clearly weighs more, and that's fine.. she's gorgeous, but let's not be in denial!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think that Crystal is a beautiful woman. I have never understood men that love stick women, if there's no curves there's nothing to catch the eye. I am one of a growing number of men and women that feel that "Healthy" beauty such as Crystal's is the best. I am glad to see that the world didn't ruin her. Stay beautiful and know there are many people out there that draw courage from you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Cool site.

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      Recession Proof2 8 years ago

      Great lens, I learned a lot. She is beautiful just the way she is.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      She is beautiful, I don't like the thin models anyway. Great lens 5*!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really nice lens! Crystal Renn is sooo beautiful!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The sad thing is that she is being touted as a "plus size" model. Crystal is a size 12. That's isn't plus sized - that's actually the average American woman.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      She has been my favorite lady since I saw her in my girlfriend's April 2004 issue of American Vogue. She's still my number one and admire her for doing things on her terms!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I was in 10th grade algebra with Crystal in Clinton, MS! She was gorgeous then, and I think even more beautiful now! You can tell how comfortable she is and how much she is loving life and her body now.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I saw this beautiful and articulate lady on Uk morning tv,I was impressed by her candid story of her past problems and she is a lovely lady