Stopping by FashionGoneRogue just now, I'm not surprised to see that the Crystal Renn Tush Spring 2010 "Size Matters" editorial, shot by Armin Morbach has 39 comments.
For this well-trafficked fashion photo website, that's a lot.
Most of us check it out and leave quietly. Like matters of body size, we know that editorial quality is in the eyes of the beholder, especially when you're a fashion student.
Last night FASHIONOGRAPHY got the ball rolling, writing after three 'luvs', "Dear God, she's in Tush?! Size DOES matter and her's is the wrong one."
At the moment, I was just finishing American Women's Body Image Debate Tries To Define Curvy, writing about Renn's Glamour swimsuit June cover, and some women annoyed that Renn has been buffing up and slimming down.
Crystal insists that she's not headed back to an anorexic size 0 and I believe her. Renn is sandwiched between Karl Lagerfeld's demand for size 0 models (where FASHIONOGRAPHY clearly aligns himself as a young photographer hoping to get a job in Lagerfeld's universe) and the reality that American women have gained 20 pounds in the last two decades and demand that we get credit as 'real women'.
Wherever she goes, Crystal Renn manages to create conversation around this important topic, and that's a good thing. Listening to her interview on the Today show in American Women's Body Image Debate Tries To Define Curvy . . .
Renn sounds in control of her image and more importantly -- herself. In all honesty, this is a common problem for American women, one we discuss frequently in Anne of Carversville Body|Beauty|Culture.
American women get way too shook up over the comments of a small man like FASHIONOGRAPHY, who impressed me when I read his website earlier in the weekend. Scratch that. Karl Lagerfeld is enough to handle.
As for our point of view: health, libido, self-affirmation, wellness, libido, health, exercise, libido . . . you get the drift. Our concern is sexy women in their own eyes and how to get us there in the treacherous landscape of popular culture and cruel critics.
PS, it's not my fav editorial either, but it has nothing to do with Crystal Renn. And for the record, the luvs outweigh the nays at FashionGoneRogue, so what do I Know!!!
Who said: "life is just a box of chocolates!" Peace out. Anne