I've stood just a smidge over five feet since the seventh grade. And I've felt icky, simply being in the vicinity of tall, slim women for just as long.
The main physical characteristic that jumps out and whomps you upside the head the first time you lay eyes on Crystal Renn in person: She is not big. Not in any way, shape or form.
Here we go again. Didn't we learn anything from the Ralph Lauren photoshopping incident last year? See a clip of Crystal Renn, a "plus sized model" discussing her outrage at being made to look thinner in a recent photo shoot.
The common response when I state my job is, "But you're not plus! What size are you?" Maybe a better question is: what size are we supposed to be? What do we expect a "plus" model to look like?
I have been consistently impressed with the devoted followers of plus modeling. Some of our ranks have gained something akin to celebrity status. But has the industry lost its beautiful women in the process?
Gorgeous, opinionated and wise beyond her years, plus-size model Crystal Renn is shaking some sense into the fashion industry and showing everyone that bigger is indeed beautiful.
Effervescent young designer Jessica Biffi is fresh off Project Runway Canada and already designing three different lines for stylish women of all shapes and sizes.
Fashion insiders and online voices are fixated on Canadian design stars who have no intention of staying at home -- because they can't survive without wooing the rest of the world.
Maybe the Kaiser wouldn't have women larger than a size 4 in his kingdom, but we're just going to chalk that up to boob envy and move on.
I had the opportunity to meet Crystal Renn, the #1 plus-sized model in the country.