Crystal Renn's Tour De France: Walking in Three Major Paris Fashion Week Shows

10/05/2010 at 04:30 PM ET

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Crystal Renn’s rise to the top of the fashion industry isn’t slowing down. First, the plus size model, who documented her years suffering from anorexia in order to work in the fashion industry in a memoir Hungry in 2009, broke down barriers in New York City, walking in Zac Posen’s ZSpoke show last month. Now, she’s burning up Paris, walking in Zac Posen’s ready to wear show, as well as walking the runway for major labels Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel. “This has been one of the most amazing times of my life,” Renn, 24, tells PEOPLE on the phone from Paris. “I’ve done one show before, usually as a special guest, but to be working this much is incredible.” For Renn, who walked in Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2006 fashion show at a size 12, being treated as one of the pack, not as “the plus size model,” is “a real breakthrough,” she says. “I’m here being treated like any other girl. It doesn’t matter my size. It doesn’t matter who I am. I’m going on castings like everybody else.” Though Renn is now a slimmer size 10, she says she’s still “different from most of the girls at the castings,” but acknowledges that there is more diversity on the runway these days. “When I first started, the girls were all blonde, all emaciated and miserable looking,” she 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.” — Charlotte Triggs

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Molly on

There is NO WAY she is a size 14. C’mon. She looks bony and really unhealthy.

Tracy on

she clearly says she is a size 10 now.

A on

She’s a size 10 if you read the article again.

'k on

Kind of sad that size 10 is considered Plus Sized.

julie on

Wow, she is just gorgeous. And since her size is closer to mine (6) I actually have a clue how the clothes may look on me (now if I could just grow 5-6 inches LOL)

C-Bear on

Crystal is GORGEOUS and she is an amazing representation of what a NORMAL woman should look like,.. though a size 10 is still a working goal for me at this time. The number of women that are size zero is barely a handful so to have Crystal walk the runways at a size that is attainable, well,.. brava!!!!

Samantha on

This woman is not a plus size in anyway shape or form. Where is there any fat on her in either of these pictures?!

cmb on

this is plus-sized?
our country has very ill-conceived notions of weight and beauty. it’s very sad.

Another Average Woman on

Size 10 is closer to the national average of american women’s sizes than Size triple zero. I think all of the models should look like Ren. The other ones look weird and boyish. How is that attractive?

sistasmile on

CMB: yes, that is very sad, but unfortunately, the media, celebrities, clothing designers have it that way!
Size 10 should not be considered “plus-size” by anybody!
We all know Marilyn Monroe was a size 16, and a well known sex symbol! Why have things changes so much since her day?
Who wants to be a size 0? Girls that small don’t look good unless they’re in the 5h grade & have not yet developed!
You go ladies! keep your size 10 figures & show the world how beautiful you are, inside & out!

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