So-called plus sized model Crystal Renn walked in three major shows during Paris Fashion Week, and getting tapped by Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld‘s shows would be a huge deal for any model.
Renn says it’s a breakthrough.
The model told People StyleWatch that it’s a huge sign of change in the industry that she’s being “treated like any other girl.”
“I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible.”
And we think it’s pretty amazing, too, though we’re not exactly sure that we should be ringing the bells and screaming “Change!” at the top of our lungs just yet. Chanel recently covered up three quarters of Renn’s beautiful body for one of their fall ads.
But maybe since then, they’ve changed their mind about what’s beautiful. Lagerfeld told Agence France Presse that he’s getting tired of a parade of drones coming down the runway.
“We’ve seen enough of 15-year-old Russian girls,” sighed Karl Lagerfeld after his Chanel show in Paris, one of a string to make space this week for older ex-models, plus-sizes or street-casted unknowns.
Lagerfeld, whose runway included Ines de la Fressange as a model, wasn’t alone. Legendary model Verushka walked in the Giles Deacon show in London, and the same designer asked Anna Dello Russo to walk for Ungaro.
Still, the vast majority of the models on the Paris runways were white, young, and very thin. While Renn says that’s starting to change, we’re not convinced yet that, like minimalism, this isn’t just a trend that will wash away next season.
“When I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking,” Renn says. “Now, there’s more ethnic diversity. The girls are not as skinny as before. You do see size 6s and a couple size 8s. There is change happening in the industry. There is more allowance for people to be different. I’m so impressed. I can’t wait for next season.”
Neither can we. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.