Crystal Renn has reinvented herself several times as a model.
In the past, the 5-foot-9 brunette beauty went from a 95-pound 16-year-old anorexic to a successful size 14 plus-sized model.
Now she appears to be returning to her thin frame.
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The 25-year-old looked almost unrecognizable Tuesday night at a charitable event in New York City, appearing very thin with short, platinum blonde hair and eyebrows.
“I’ve been a double-zero, children’s clothes, at 95 pounds, and I’ve been all the way up to a size 16 and everything in between,” Renn said to the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. “Now I’m a 6, 8, sometimes a 10, depending on what designer I’m wearing. And that’s an interesting place to be in fashion, where extremes are the norm.”
Her career has certainly been one of extremes.
But her latest altered appearance is causing some controversy, since Renn has been a vocal advocate against overly skinny models. The curvaceous beauty who caused a sensation on runways all over the world became the face of that cause after chronicling her struggle with anorexia in her 2009 memoir “Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.”
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When the book was published, she told the New York Times that “she felt that she was able to close the door on a period of her life defined by hatred of her body.”
And her career took off. Her agent, Gary Dakin, told the New York Times that Renn was “far and away” the most successful plus-sized model at Ford Models. She modeled for stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Evans, a plus-sized retailer in the U.K.
Weighing about 165 pounds at the time, she made a yearly salary in the high six figures.
Then Renn started losing weight about a year ago.
“When this whole weight-loss thing happened, I think that a lot of people wanted to point their finger at somebody,” Renn said in an interview posted on the Ford blog. “They wanted to find a conspiracy where there absolutely was none.”
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Renn is now regarded as a former plus-sized model by People magazine, which wrote about her landing a coveted spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year.
“I felt comfortable with my body. I’ve been doing yoga for a while now,” Renn told People. “That makes you aware of how your body moves.
“I have found a place of stability when it comes to how to view my figure.”
But she didn’t always feel like that.
After being scouted in her hometown of Clinton, Mississippi, at the age of 12, Renn was told she could make it as a model if she lost weight. She did just that, and when she moved to New York three years later, “she weighed 95 pounds and had lost more than 42 percent of her body weight,” according to the New York Times. She also got plenty of modeling jobs.
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But the cost of her early success was anorexia, which she struggled with for years. Her agent told her she had to either live with the difficulty of being so thin or become a plus-sized model. After turning 18, Renn opted for the latter, and began the second part of her modeling career, “fluctuating between a size 10 and a size 14,” according to an ABC News report.
Now, Renn “is in between the two” sides of the modeling industry — plus-size and otherwise, said her agent, Dakin, to ABCNews.com.
“She reintroduced exercise back into her life,” Dakin said to to ABC News. “Hiking and yoga are part of her life now. She is healthy and feels amazing right now.”
- Ashley Graham rose to fame by breaking the mold as a plus-sized model. After apparently losing some weight, she’s now getting slammed for not looking as curvy as she once did.
- (GRAPHIC) Curvy supermodel posts picture of scarred face just before fashion week – with a very important message
- Ashley Graham’s Weight, Height, Age, And Size
- Ashley Graham’s Diet
- Ashley Graham Workout
- Ways You Can Be Healthy And Gorgeous Like Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham rose to fame by breaking the mold as a plus-sized model. After apparently losing some weight, she’s now getting slammed for not looking as curvy as she once did.
Ashley Graham has always been known for her famous curves. Fans have found it so refreshing to have a top model who is a size 16 instead of a size zero. But there seemed to be less Ashley to love when she attended Vogue‘s Force of Fashion event on Oct. 11. She wore a color blocked knit dress by Prabal Gurung that fit her body like a glove. But it was impossible not to notice how she appeared thinner than usual. Ashley’s waist was super trim, her tummy was completely flat and even her hips appeared to be smaller. She still had amazing cleavage though, as was evidenced in the pic.
The 30-year-old stunner shared the pics of her dress on Instagram and immediately fans noticed that she appeared to have lost a lot of weight. The comments loaded up with people claiming she no longer looked like a plus sized model. One fan wrote, “she isn’t plus size anymore in this picture she looks super skinny only like a curvy girl, but not a plus size.” Another asked her, “R u still a plus size model?” One fan wrote “U lose weight whyyyy?! “”So she finally decided to join the main stream and wanna become thin. Isn’t she proud of her plus size anymore?” another questioned
Others actually praised her apparent weight loss. “Wow your’re so skinny now. I need to do what you’re doing looking so good girl” one fan wrote. Another added, “You look amazing and that dress is soooo flattering you look SO SKINNY!!!” Another speculated she might be wearing Spanx and that’s why she looked thinner. “Damn daniel! The workouts and whatever you have under is all doing well. This is a great pic,” one person commented.
Some fans just wanted Ashley to he happy at any weight. “You look great girl! With less curves, with more curves-who cares as long as you love the skin you are in,” one person wrote while another explained “If you know the fashion industry you know she is NOT a ‘reg’ size model even if she got fitter. Models are skinny AF. @ashleygraham you look incredible in that dress whether you’re 16 or 12. Do the damn thing girl!!!” Ashley really is perfection in that dress.
(GRAPHIC) Curvy supermodel posts picture of scarred face just before fashion week – with a very important message
Recently, Aussie model Robyn Lawley posted a before and after picture on Instagram showing her face after an accident that occurred two months ago, and another of her now, still in recovery.
Her face still badly scarred, she shared an important message:
“I’m getting ready to return to work, feeling strong and near myself again, I want to be completely honest with you, in this day and age where we seemingly share all, I needed some time, healing physically and emotionally. I do however want the truth known. Nearly two months ago I had an accident. There’s a reason I was public about my lupus and APS diagnosis from the start, a lifelong incurable (for now) condition I didn’t know what I or still am in for.
“I unfortunately had a seizure on my staircase, I fell from over 7ft and landed on my face. I suppose it’s ironic that I’m a model, however I’m grateful I didn’t break my neck. I’ve managed to come full circle with that gratefulness, and luck. I could of had it holding my daughter for example, or I could be in a wheelchair, or not breathing at all.
“With fashion week coming soon I wanted to acknowledge my new lighting bolt scar on my forehead (aka offical wizard now ????) lip and chin. As the scars fade, a part of me wants nothing to do with them and a part of me wants to embrace them. They make us who we are. Plus wearing daily makeup to cover my face is something I do not do.
“Life isn’t all rainbows. I’ve found strength the past few months following people who are brave to share their physical and emotional ongoing battles. Thank you @elly.mayday (battling ovarian cancer) thank you @chelseabonner (battling fibromyalgia) thank you @_indianrosee & @selenagomez (fellow lupus warriors) thank you. To anyone that’s going through something I’m sorry for the pain you have to endure.”
Celebs like Selena Gomez has always been very open about her lupus, while others like Mariah Carey have opened up about her mental health condition, encouraging others to come out of isolation.
And over the last few years, models, and in particular curvy models have spoken out about bad treatment they’ve received in the media as a whole.
Local model Marciel Hopkins, who lost 14 kgs in order to enter Miss SA, has, like Robyn, used Instagram as a platform to speak about body and health issues. She has said publicly that her Miss SA pageant days, were some very unhappy days for her.
Now signed to ICE Models she is a curvy model, and often shares her journey on Instagram.
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We all know that models and actresses, in particular, have always felt the wrath of the media when picking up a few kilos. But curvy models on the other hand, are often criticised for losing weight. Their fans feel betrayed and they are branded as sell-outs.
Are there any grounds for the public to claim ownership of these ‘inspirational’, ‘body positive’ models? Branded as role models for womankind, curvy models are fetishised and over-sexualised for their curves. Keep it and you’re hailed a hero. Lose it and you’ve betrayed your audience.
After posting this Instagram picture in 2016, Ashley Graham was slated on social media for her ‘shrinking frame’.
And back in 1995 the then 19-year-old granddaughter of acclaimed author Roald Dahl, Sophie Dahl, broke onto the fashion scene as one of the first models labelled as ‘plus size’.
Her tall frame and shapely curves made her stand out – and for all the right reasons. She changed the industry forever, as she brought curve-appreciation into the high fashion mainstream.
Yet her career was short-lived. She was bashed in 2000 for posing in this controversial ad for Yves Saint Laurent, showing off a much slimmer figure.
And shamed again in 2002 after strutting down the Zac Posen runway as a token ‘plus size’ model, when her figure was a size 10 at most.
She famously said that she had lost her ‘puppy fat’, but this really brought the critics out to play.
Her fans said they felt ‘betrayed’ by her weight loss. But she has always maintained that she has never gone on extreme diets to shed the kilos.
In an interview with SMH she notes that, “My relationship with food has always been uncomplicated. How I view my body hasn’t been uncomplicated, but that was because my body was discussed and dissected at great length in a very public forum, when I was at a formative age. My relationship with food was never affected.”
Crystal Renn’s path was more up and down. She is a great example of a model who used to work at a mere 43 kilos. According to the Mail Online, she developed an eating disorder and survived on lettuce and Diet Coke during her early modelling days in 2002.
But after recovering from anorexia she joined Forbes modelling agency and became one of their curvy models.
But according to ABC her career was brief in nature as she lost weight again in 2010 – going down to a size 8 and smaller.
For this she got a lot of flack. She hit back at categorisation, saying “…by placing a title on my head, which is ‘plus-size,’ and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I’ve basically failed you just with that.”
Aussie-born Robyn Lawley is perhaps one of the most famous curvy models working today. She was steered in the direction of ‘plus size’ modelling at the age of 16 and has worked for big names like H&M and Ralph Lauren and was the first-ever curvy model to be covered by two issues of Vogue in the same year.
But she, like Marciel Hopkins, despises the label ‘plus size’.
The Telegraph reports that she feels the term was created by the fashion industry to exclude and segregate a lot of women. This is a big reason why she created her own swimwear line, Robyn Lawley Swimwear, for women size 8-18 as she says women with curves have difficulties finding swimwear.
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Yet, there have been several attacks on her figure over the years – mainly commenting on her slimming down.
In 2015, after posting the below picture on Instagram fans were “disappointed” at her apparent weight loss and told her she should be ‘ashamed’ to call herself ‘plus size’.
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Here are a few comments that stood out for me:
@glamourcat1Guys she’s lost weight. Not saying that she was huge. In the fashion world anything above 4 or a 10 (Australian) is considered plus size.
@[email protected] why on earth should she be ashamed???? I can pretty much guarantee that if she wasn’t a model, she would not go around calling herself “Plus Sized”. The modeling industry has built itself upon the standard that their women are merely walking hangers. And this is a known fact. So yes, maybe she is “OWNING” her size as a successful, working model, and her doing that does not assume she condones the gross standards that are the norm in that “world”. The industry that pays her bills gave her the hideous title of “plus sized”, and she is merely accepting the hand she was dealt. No one, ( herself included), would ever disagree that of she had a normal job, no one would think twice about her weight. It’s comments such as yours that perpetuate said negative stereotypes in our society.
Impromptu photoshoot for some Polaroids wearing @robynlawleyswimwear and @chantelle_paris knickers
Yes, it’s only natural that there is a backlash. It’s ‘natural’ in a world where we can’t seem to move past categorisation. But categorising ‘thin model’ as bad and ‘curvy model’ as good has also become a dangerously normalised discourse. It is dangerous if we generalise instead of looking at the unique factors at play, reviewing each case individually.
But that’s just a tad too much effort, isn’t it?
Every body is in constant ebb and flow, it changes and can become altered in various ways as time passes. Just because someone is a public figure doesn’t give us license to fetishise their body, or act like we own it.
We cannot demand meaning, and we cannot demand they stay the same or change in a way to suit our definition of them.
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Ashley Graham Weight Loss Diet And Exercise Plan Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 July 11, 2018
Ashley Graham’s new body has some serious sparks flying. Despite being slammed multiple times for either “promoting obesity” or “losing what made her famous,” the voluptuous fashion model couldn’t care less. She is the proud founder of ALDA, an activist for body positivity, and was featured on the cover of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She is also the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. Her recent pictures show her toned body, which is inspiring and empowering for millions of her followers. So, if you have insecurities about your body and your appearance, give this post a read. It will change the way you look at yourself. Swipe up!
Ashley Graham’s Weight, Height, Age, And Size
Not that Ashley Graham’s weight, height, or age matters. I am simply providing this information so that if you are someone who does not fall under the conventional “beautiful” category, you can see that you don’t have to be under any category, for that matter. Take a look.
|Weight||200 lbs or 91 kgs|
All I can say is, Ashley Graham is super confident in her own skin, and that’s why she looks so stunning in every picture! In a recent photo shoot, she posed without any makeup, and she looked more gorgeous than ever. But how did her success as a plus-size model begin?
Well, for that we have to go back to 2000. She was discovered by I&I modeling agency while shopping at a mall in Nebraska. She was 12 years old at that time. A year later, she was signed up by Wilhelmina Models, and in 2003, she was signed up by Ford Models. In the years to come, she was on the cover of top fashion magazines. She was also a judge on the reality show America’s Next Top Model. Ashley also speaks at high schools about body positivity and is a strong supporter of the Health At Every Size movement. Here’s her inspiring TED Talk on body positivity.
Now that you are aware of Ashley’s mindset toward her body and how she wants others to feel, let us take a look at her current diet and workout routine that helps her stay in amazing shape, physically and mentally.
Ashley Graham’s Diet
Ashley mostly consumes healthy food like lots of fresh fruits, veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats. But she also revealed to StyleCaster that she eats everything. Take a look at the table below to know what keeps her looking gorgeous throughout the day.
|Meals||What Ashley Graham Eats|
|Breakfast||A smoothie made of kale, ginger, lemon, apple, beetroot, and parsley.|
|Lunch||Quinoa and brown rice bowl with veggies, topped with tahini.|
|Dinner||Baked salmon, arugula, and sweet potato.|
|Snacks||Chocolate Tree chia crackers.|
|Cheat Day Lunch or Dinner||Mac and cheese.|
Apart from eating healthy, Ashley also keeps herself active by working out. Here’s her workout routine.
Ashley Graham Workout
Ashley Graham’s Instagram and other social media accounts are full of pictures showing her working out. She trains with Dawin Pena and does HIIT like jumping squats, lunges, burpees, ball smash, scissor legs, and jackknife, and strength training like sledgehammer swings, planks, push-ups, barbell squats, resistance band hip thrusts, and double band sumo deadlifts.
She also ran her first 5k marathon recently and goes for aerial stretching classes to keep her body flexible. But her favorite form of exercise is kickboxing. It helps her burn a lot of calories, improves her reaction time, and strengthens her bones and muscles.
It is clear that Ashley is a fitness enthusiast and loves doing different types of workouts to keep her body fit, strong, and agile. Now, if you want to be healthy and fit, do the following.
Ways You Can Be Healthy And Gorgeous Like Ashley Graham
- Work On Your Mindset
Body positivity and a healthy body image start in your mind. People around you may have shaped a “perfect” body image in your head, but it’s time to change that. Once you know and accept your body type and develop respect for different body types, you will not be bothered by how skinny or curvy your body is. Make your health and fitness a priority.
- Haters Gonna Hate, Shake It off!
Fitness is a double-edged sword. If you avoid it, you are called names for the kind of body you have (“too skinny” or “fat” ). And if you make working out and fitness a part of your lifestyle, you are mocked about it. Don’t let it affect you. Shake it off and do what you need to do to achieve your fitness and health goals.
- Eat Healthy
Ashley Graham has made healthy eating a part of her lifestyle, and that’s how she gets all the energy and strength to workout so much and not feel tired. By eating clean, you can also change your life and protect yourself from various fatal diseases like cardiovascular diseases, kidney disease, and diabetes.
Keep your body active by working out at least three days a week. Enjoy your workout, don’t make it a punishment. You can go for long walks, runs, swim, dance, lift weights, and do bodyweight exercises, TRX training, kickboxing, or yoga.
- Enjoy A Cheat Meal Day
Yay! The cheat meal day is a personal favorite. But you have to earn it by following a healthy lifestyle, six days a week. On your cheat meal day, you can consume 500 calories extra. So, if you are on a 1500-calorie diet, you can consume 2000 calories on a cheat meal day. This will prevent your weight loss from plateauing. You will also enjoy your food without a drop of guilt.
- Do What You Love
Lost touch with your hobby? Pick it up again. Doing what you love and not feeling pressured to perform well in it can help reduce stress, improve productivity, and prevent you from feeling overworked all the time.
Sleeping for 7-8 hours a day is mandatory for your brain and body to function properly. It also helps flush out all the toxins from your body, slashes out all negative thoughts, and enhances your mood. So, if you want to glow like Ashley, you must not ignore sleep.
Ashley Graham is an icon and a role model for millions of people. Losing weight is her decision, and we should respect that. We get her strong message of being body positive and want to help her spread the word. Don’t change your body because someone else told you to. Do it only if you feel strongly about it. Moreover, being a certain size has got nothing to do with being fit. Aim to be fit, and you are sorted. Take care!
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Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.