When Fashion Week begins with a model’s book launch party, you know this will be a season that will be a huge fashion moment.
Dressed in Isabel Toledo, Crystal Renn glowed last night for the celebration of her book, Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. As she was surrounded by friends and fellow Ford family, she toasted the brand-new tome, which took her about eight months to write. “I just want to make people aware,” said Crystal of her decision to speak out. “I want to see all variety of women on the runway and in ads. I think we should have variety because all women have different hair colors, different skin colors, different body types, and I think we should represent all of them.”
And Crystal is doing just that. She’s been snapped for the pages of multiple editions of Vogue, walked for Jean Paul Gaultier, and posed for a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign to name simply a few, and she has one main person, besides herself, to thank. “Steven Meisel made my career. He’s the one who first saw me. Even though I’m a size 12, he didn’t care and he booked me for American Vogue. I’m completely grateful to him. His work is the first photographer that I had ever seen and why I became a model in the first place.”
Along with spreading the word, Crystal simply wants women to respect themselves. “I think women have come so far. To lose the self-hate and lack of confidence will propel them to a new level,” she said, before giving a few tips for aspiring models that we all can use in our daily lives. “Be an individual, be who you are. There is a place for you. Be proud of who you are because that’s what’s going to set you apart from the rest and get you noticed. Don’t conform. Be happy in who you are and be proud that you’re an individual and show it off.”