Top plus-size model complains of airbrushing
Published 06/08/2010 | 12:49
Crystal Renn, the world's leading "plus-size" model, has complained that a photoshoot was altered to make her look slimmer.
The model, 24, who was born in Miami, was working on the Fashion for Passion shoot and showed her looking unusually slim.
As she is recognised for being curvy and having battled eating disorders, questions were raised about whether she had been dieting.
She said: "When I saw the pictures I was absolutely shocked. I sat in silence for a good five minutes. It was not an accurate portrayal of my body in any way. I'm a [U.S.] size 10 and that was a size 2 at most."
She later added: "I don't know what was done to those photos or who did it, but they look retouched me. And listen, everybody retouches, but don't make me into something I'm not.
"Having had an eating disorder, I know what that very thin body looks like on me, and it's not something I find attractive. It's not something I aspire to."
Nicholas Routzen, the photographer, was asked to comment on the subject but simply said: "I did nothing that I wouldn't do to anyone. I'm paid to make women look beautiful."
Renn was spotted by talent scouts at "beauty school" who told her they were going to make her a supermodel.
From that point, she said, she went on a drastic diet and started an extreme exercise regime, going to the gym for up to eight hours at a time, for several days in a row.
She said she only ate lettuce with balsamic vinegar for three years, "to the point I got so ill it became difficult to walk" and she realised she had to change.
She said: "After a year, I decided to change my life and be happy with who I am naturally to gain success not only in modelling but also in life."
She added: "I remember having salmon for the first time on my salad. I added oil, added walnuts - all of these fun things that when I ate them I remember thinking the world didn't blow up."