On Thursday, Crystal Renn walked a runway at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York wearing a latex bodysuit and nipple pasties for Carine Gilson’s first lingerie show in twenty years. Considering the scene, it should come as no surprise that when New York Magazine’s Jada Yuan chatted with Renn after the show, the conversation hewed to the theme of the evening: underwear.
Renn, for her part, seems sublimely comfortable with nudity and the fact that designers always “want to put latex on [her] for shows,” a fact she attributes to her “dominatrix-type energy.” But when it comes to actual lingerie, Renn likes to keep things really simple.
“I could tell the truth and say that often I’m not wearing bras or underwear. Being someone who doesn’t tend to wear undergarments — and I’m so sorry for anyone who might be offended by my eccentric ways — but when I do wear it, I make sure it’s a special occasion, and I wear it as a special thing, feeling special, so therefore the effect is stronger than ever. As opposed to every day, feeling the effect. Special times, special measures.”
Renn also opened up about her weight, which she says has fluctuated from a size 0 at her smallest, to a size 12-14 at her largest. She has now found a comfortable and happy place being something around a size 8-10.
“Well, I’m so active [now.] In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again… I think I probably have a good relationship with the exercise that I do do. I’m taking care. I’m just in a really good place. I do hiking. I do yoga, but nothing crazy, just in my house. It brings me peace.”
There’s been a lot of controversy about the fact that Renn, at her present size, is too small to be considered plus-size. But what we think is most awesome and more telling is that in her current iteration, Renn makes a great case for the diversifying the industry in general, and in every direction. Why should models be categorized as “straight” size or “plus” size? Why not just have models of any size?
[Image via Jeff Grossman/WENN.]