Crystal Renn Dishes On Her Divorce: 'Dating Is Scary For Me'

05/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

23-year-old plus-size model Crystal Renn talked to Vice Magazine about her 2009 divorce from Gregory Vrecenak. The two married on June 30, 2007 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan. Vrecenak had been Renn's longtime boyfriend.

I think I've read Eat, Pray, Love three times. It helped me a lot. It's all about balance. It helped me through a tough time....I went through a divorce, which I don't want to go into too much. It's not something that I expected from my life and it was a very hard time....Divorce sucks, it really does, but after you've gone through the whole grieving process, you know you've made the right decision. Dating is definitely scary. It's so new for me. A scary land.

She also chatted about changing the norm in the fashion industry, and tells this great anecdote.

I just can't believe how terribly you were treated as a straight-size model. That story about how you were sent home from a catalog shoot in Chicago because you were "too fat." That's awful. I can't believe anyone would treat another human being that way.
I have to say that I don't run into many people who are capable of such disgusting behavior, but this particular person was one of them. I had just turned 17 at the time. After the client told me, "You're fat," I went and ate all the tacos and all the meat at the catering table and was like, "Thanks for the food," and walked out.

I love that. It's so badass.
[laughs] I was so angry, and I was extremely hurt. I was like, "OK, well, he thinks that all I do is eat all the time, so I'll just go and show him." That was definitely one of the moments where I thought, "I can't continue doing what I'm doing. It's not working." And that ended up being one of my last jobs as a straight-size model. Luckily, not long after that, I learned about plus-size modeling, and it was a done deal. It was a decision I made in about one second.