I wonder if Toccara Jones, Sophie Dahl and Crystal Renn are good friends, for they all have one large (pun intended) thing in common- all 3 models rose to fame whilst being plus-sized models, and once they were welcomed into fashion’s flat bosom, they all lost a serious amount of weight.
For those who are unaware of these three über models; Toccara Jones rose to international fame after appearing as a contestant in cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model. She has since modelled for reputable editorials like Italian Vogue and in 2010 landed her first major modelling UK job with High Street store Evans, modelling for their Summer collection. Sophie Dahl traded in the catwalk for her laptop and is now known as an author. However, she is more internationally known as the plus-size model, who in her hey-day featured in campaigns for reputable designers like Versace, Alexander McQueen and that YSL campaign. In fact, I have to share the image with you as it’s one of my favourite campaign images of all time-
She also modelled for large circulation magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Crystal Renn famously went from being a high fashion model at the tender age of 14 to gaining 70 pounds and re-marketing herself as a plus-size model. To document her transition she penned a book titled, ‘Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves’. She was the only plus-size model to appear on the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and has enjoyed many a lucrative contract by working with brands like Evans and Chanel.
When discussing weight and the fashion industry there are so many questions one can raise for discussion, for e.g.- at a mere size 14, was Crystal Renn ever truly a ‘plus-size’ model, what is the fashion industry doing to be more responsible about this issue and who are the culprits- the editors, designers, model agents or us the public/consumers (after all high-fashion magazines are still being bought and international catwalks still create a stampede rush)?
However, I believe pictures can sometimes say succinctly what words often cannot-
At the start of her fashion career she was a voluptuous feast-
At the end of her career , well, not so much-
With Crystal Renn doing a 360, the fashion industry has lost its latest plus-size model du jour to the thinner and darker side. So, it would appear that there is now an opening for ‘The World’s Next Plus-Size Top Model’. I wonder who it will be, and how long it will take for her to become a skinnier shadow of her former self?