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Model Crystal Renn on Going
from Size 0 to 12
She suffered from a crippling eating disorder to maintain the
size 0 frame she needed to work in the fashion industry, but
eventually found greater fame as a size 12 model. Now Crystal
Renn is speaking out about the changes she thinks the fashion
industry should make.
"We, as a culture, are fixated, and perhaps even in an unhealthy
way, with dress size and the scale size," Renn said in a new
interview with ABC's 20/20, during which she debated the
question, "Is it Okay to be Fat?"
The model, who has also been an advocate for a wider array of
sample sizes (most runway samples are a size 0 or 2), also says
she's faced discrimination due to her weight. "Fat people are
absolutely discriminated against. I know this because of the
type of modeling I do … If it wasn't, then I'd be all over the
runways, every single runway, like everyone else," she says.
Instead, she's had to make her mark in a specialized market – on
her own terms. "It's about the healthy eating habits that you
have, and wherever your body falls," says Renn. "Whether that is
actually a four or an 18, [doesn't matter]."
"Having had an eating disorder, I was obsessed with numbers and
percentages – how many minutes have I been on the treadmill, how
many calories have I consumed today?" says Renn. "When you start
obsessing about numbers you get nowhere. It really is about, you
know, finding balance and moderation within yourself and are you