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Real live cellulite…in lights!

September 7, 2009 by  
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celluliteYou have never, ever seen an image like this in a fashion magazine — this I promise you!

Crystal Renn is an extremely successful plus size model, who has been featured in every fashion rag out there, but the May 2009 of Harper’s Bazaar marked her first editorial in an Australian high fashion magazine.

“What is truly spectacular about this editorial is that they have highlighted Crystal Renn’s curves. Not skimmed, not flattered, but HIGHLIGHTED. It’s freakin’ amazing,” according to Corpulent

And there’s more! According to NY Post Page Six, there will be more normal women featured in the fall issues of Glamour magazine after the frenzy over this picture knocked the editors into reality.

As for the brainwashing of American women, Kate Harding says it best on Jezebel;

“People, I have written half a book about body image, including a chapter on media bullshit, and countless posts about how Photoshop turns uncommonly beautiful women into inhumanly beautiful women. Yet until I saw that picture, it seriously never dawned on me that Crystal Renn might have lumpy thighs in real life. That’s how powerful the brainwashing is.”



She’s got it, I’ve got it, you’ve got it.

When will we get it through our thick skulls that THIS is just another wonderful part of being a woman?



Crystal Renns book Hungry will be available tomorrow, September 8, 2009 online and in stores.

More from Renn on her experience as a waif turned normal;



26 Responses to “Real live cellulite…in lights!”
  1. Wow, what an awesome video! I loved hearing from Crystal! She has amazing confidence. She is gorgeous to look at, but even more beautiful is how she talks about herself. You can tell she is an all round beautiful woman.

    I am not ashamed to say that her cellulite legs look very similar to mine! So there….I got it too!

  2. Karen says:

    I’ve always been a fan of plus-size models! There’s a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:

    They’re all gorgeous.

    The site’s forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

  3. FatNSassy says:

    Crystal IS gorgeous!!! A true light in the world!!

    I have always thought fat bodies were beautiful. That is why size acceptance was such a natural transition for me. Just like gay people are naturally attracted to those of their same sex, ample bodies always delighted me. Not to say that slender bodies aren’t beautiful either! Roses are beautiful, but garden after garden of only roses would get monotonous. There is beauty in diversity!

    p.s. Crystal is at a place we all need to arrive at some day. Sometimes when I feel especially adventurous, I sit my plush 238lb body down in front of a mirror, apply my most decadent lotion to myself, and make a conscious effort to see it through my own eyes, not those of MSM. It never fails to be an incredible empowering life affirming experience.

  4. MizFit says:

    truly amazing.
    I have a total girll crush on Crystal, sure, but on FatNSassy also.

    Her comments here are honest raw motivating inspiring and just real.

    thanks for sharing F-n-S!

  5. Berni says:

    Thank you! Today I imagined what my life up until now would have been like had I been exposed to images like this one and women like Crystal Renn. Today I think I’ll let myself see what is really there and be inspired and empowered. Thank you 🙂

  6. Frances says:

    Thank you for linking to my blog!

    I should point out that that beautiful picture of Crystal Renn was not included in the magazine. Nor was it included on the Harper’s Bazaar Australia website. I found it when I was hunting through the interwebs for pictures of her.

    The spread that was in the magazine did highlight her curves, but still airbrushed out her supposed ‘flaws’. Sadly, we’re still a fair way from cellulite in fashion magazines…

    • mamaV says:

      @Frances that SUCKS! Well, at least the editorial did show off her curves and did not try to hide them (see France’s blog for entire layout). We need to see the cellulite and all!

      Thank you for doing the digging on this! Anytime you find great info like this send it on over and we will feature it!

  7. ronisweigh says:


    Berni.. I’m with you… my life would have been drastically different if I saw women life crystal growing up.

  8. Synna says:

    Darn…. there’s that ‘normal’ word again, alienating everyone who doesn’t fit into that narrow category.
    C’mon mamaV you can do better. By calling curvier women ‘normal’ you just lumped all thinner women in ‘abnormal’.

    Just call it as it is – women with larger figures/measurements whatever. NY Post doesn’t even use normal in their piece.

    Language needs to be addressed if you want this place to be accessible and accepting of all body types in your promotion of positive body image.

    • Emily S. says:

      So, while I definitely think it’s harmful to make the curvy = normal, skinny = freak association, I really don’t think that’s what mamaV was doing here.

      I think, in fact, that it’s pretty safe to say that images we see in magazines AREN’T normal women. Not only the models themselves reprentative of less than 1% of body types, on top of exceptionally beautiful features all around, even THOSE rare women don’t even look like the photos of themselves in real life.

      I think it’s perfectly fair to say that those aren’t images of “normal” women. Unless you know of, oh, ANY person who is 6′, 110 lbs, size 2, perfectly symetrical, zit free, wrinkle free, cellulite free, lump free, and doesn’t even get skin creases when they move their hips, knees, and elbows.

      I think women are reacting to images like this one, and the one from the recent Glamour, because they expose at least one non “perfect” feature. These are still exceptional looking models, of course, and still representing only a very narrow view of beauty. My hope is that we don’t leave representation to just little belly pooches and cellulite, but also see the backlash to photoshop letting the wrinkles and wide noses and freckles through, too.

    • mamaV says:

      Hi Synna: We are the real deal, so you will always see various viewpoints expressed in various ways, with words you personally would prefer not be used.

      We welcome and respect your interpretation and debate on the language used here. We will not however continue to revisit the false notion that this is an exclusionary place.

      Your voice matters – contribute

  9. Veronica says:

    Synna – Wow, how did you do that?

    How did you read all that great positive info and only see what you felt was alienating?

    Synna, c’mon you can do better. Read the comments above – allow that positive energy to embrace you…

    We all have had plenty of time to be negative, each of us, in our struggles… join with us, just for a moment & be positive.

    See what was good with this post, please…

    Attitude needs to be addressed if we want this place to be a source of positive body image!!!

  10. lissa10279 says:

    I, for one, was glad to see this picture today. It’s nice to “hear” models are all air-brushed but to see them as they are; well, that just is beautiful.

    Because you know what? With airbrushing, any of us could look “flawless” — but then we aren’t human.

  11. Meryt Bast says:

    Gadzooks, but she’s gorgeous. I’m looking forward to reading Crystal’s book.

  12. Jesse Regan says:

    This book Hungry looks very good. I also thought that the video was very well put together and very powerful. It seems to be pretty brutal the way that people are treated in the modeling industry.

    It appears that they almost need some type of nutritional regulation to really start to help people to realize that you can look great and be 100% healthy.

    Best of luck with everything.

  13. Trixie says:

    I wish that all middle school girls (and boys, actually) would be required to watch this. SO inspiring. Let’s teach our girls and women to love our bodies with all our “differences” at a young age – before the photoshopped images and unrealistic expectations are cemented. What a fabulous, inspiring story. Thank you, thank you thank you.

  14. theprettyproject says:

    I LOVE this chick. I’ll have to get this book for sure! 🙂

  15. CurveSmart says:

    Um, I actually posted that dapple-thighed shot from the photographer’s website as a link on my “Every Body Is Beautiful” site – where Frances found it – so I can haz credit plz??

    Crystal commented on this editorial in her book “Hungry” and said that she was disappointed that the lighting was made to make her look like she had MORE dimply skin than she actually has. Bit of a shame she couldn’t just breathe and let it go. But then just because she wrote a book doesn’t mean her struggle with body image is over – bit of a life journey, that.

    My site is an archive of plus-model magazines (MODE!) and advertising, videos, etc – and has a ton of old and new material on Crystal and many other models so hope you come for a visit.

    Every Body Is Beautiful

    • Frances says:

      Oh my god, that’s where I found it! So so sorry.

      Everyone should click on CurveSmart’s link – it’s an amazing site for beautiful plus models.

  16. clairemysko says:

    The thing I love most about what Crystal says in the video is that her career and her confidence really took off when she gave up trying to fit other people’s expectations of her. I think that holds true for EVERYONE, no matter what industry you’re in or where you are in life. If you’re spending all your emotional and physical energy trying to squeeze into a size that’s not healthy for you, you are never going to feel fulfilled–and you’ll probably make yourself sick in the process. I’m so glad she’s out there telling her story!

  17. Jacqueline says:

    Isn’t that what they used to call “dimpled flesh” and it was considered attractive.

    When I was a kid I looked at paintings more than I looked at fashion magazines and I think, as a consequence, I had a broader sense of what could be beautiful. It’s funny, as I’ve gotten older, my mind has gotten much more polluted with airbrushed images. It’s strange to think that a retouched photo is in many ways gives a less accurate sense of reality than a painting.

  18. A Fantastic post, I will bookmark this post in my Propeller account. Have a great day.


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