'I've been a size 16 to a double-zero and everything in between': Former plus-size model Crystal Renn shows off continued weight loss at Sports Illustrated launch
Standing next to size zero models during the press tour for the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Crystal Renn didn't look that different.
But the 25-year-old would have stood out massively two years ago when she was working as a plus-size model.
Yesterday, she was world's away from her size 16 figure as she posed with Chrissy Teigen, Izabel Goulart and Nina Agdal at the magazine launch in Las Vegas.
Slim: Former plus-size model Crystal Renn, who was once size 16 (right in 2009) but has also struggled with anorexia, showed off her continued weight loss at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition launch yesterday
Crystal shows off her slimmer figure in an array of bathing suits in the hotly-anticipated issue.
Speaking to ET about her weight this week, Crystal said: 'I've been a double-zero, children's clothes, at 95 pounds, and I've
been all the way up to a size 16 and everything in between. [Now I’m] a
6, 8, sometimes a 10 depending on what designer I'm wearing. And that's
an interesting place to be in fashion, where extremes are the norm.’
The model has openly discussed her former battle with anorexia and poor eating habits, confessing to only drinking Diet Coke and slurping sugar-free Jello at one point in her life.
Holding her own: She joined models Chrissy Teigen, Izabel Goulart and Nina Agdal, who also feature in the latest magazine, in Las Vegas for a handprint ceremony to commemorate the issue
Bit of an odd idea! The models put their hands in the wet concrete and wrote their names
She said she doesn’t allow her figure to control whether she is 'happy or not' and addressed rumours she was again suffering from an eating disorder.
The model burst on the scene after being scouted in her home town of Clinton, Mississippi at age 14.
Rocking her new body: Crystal at the magazine's launch party in New York the day before
She was apparently told she would need to lose a third of her total body weight, but after years of battling with anorexia, she gained 70 pounds and re-emerged as a plus-size model.
She even penned a
book called Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition
and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, about her experiences in the fashion
industry in relation to her several body type transformations.
But after losing weight again, Crystal claimed a 'horrible breakup' and hiking and yoga was behind her slimmer body.
The model had ended her two-year marriage to longtime boyfriend Gregory Vrecenak in 2009.
She came under attack in the plus-size community for her new figure last month.
'Everyone rallied around her and now she’s turned against us,' PLUS Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones told RadarOnline.com.
'We have been betrayed by her.
'Crystal was the biggest plus size supermodel in our era and a lot of readers aspired to be like her.
'We supported her one hundred percent.
Jones didn't believe her explanation for losing weight.
'“You don’t lose that much weight doing yoga and hiking! You have to put a lot of effort to go from a 14 to a size 6.
'We’re not that stupid, we know how hard it is to lose weight and she insulted our intelligence.
'The thinner she got the more she was being pitched to mainstream brands. Suddenly the same woman who wrote Hungry was slimming and slimming.
'Once she got down to a size 10 she lost the support of a lot of people. We’re disappointed because she was our star fighting for equality and fashion for us, and now she’s going to their side.
'It is sad that she’s turned her back on us.'
'She should have said she wasn’t comfortable in her skin anymore and wanted to make more money. Instead she has deceived us and we feel insulted!
'It would be great for her to come out with a better explanation, though I doubt we will get one.'
Crystal hit back on her blog, saying: 'When
this whole weight loss thing happened, I think that a lot of people
wanted to point their finger at somebody.
'I think that they
wanted to find a conspiracy where there absolutely was none. A lot of
people said the industry was pressuring me, my agency was pressuring me,
I was pressuring me, but it was just not the case in all three cases…
I had anorexia ultimately because someone else set the standard for me
and I wanted to follow it.'
Crystal said she enjoyed posing for Swimsuit Illustrated because they celebrated womanly curves.
Handing them posterity: Nina and Chrissy take part in the ceremony at Planet Hollywood
Exotic beauty: Victoria's Secret angel Izabel, 27, from Brazil, took off her wings to pose for the magazine
a woman at SI who's made it a point to make sure that the models are
healthy. They're not interested in who's the thinnest model of them all,
they're about the girl. We all have different bodies. There's not one
type that's idealized.
'I felt comfortable with my body. I have found a place of stability when it comes to how to view my figure.'
Crystal yesterday joined models Chrissy Teigen, Izabel Goulart and Nina Agdal, who have also posed for the latest issue, in Sin City.
They headed to
Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel, where they placed hand prints in
cement to celebrate their placement in the annual swimsuit edition of
the popular magazine.
Hands down beauties: The Sports Illustrated girls leave their hand prints for all time
If you were
cynical, you could think it it was merely a chance to get the girls to
lean lasciviously towards the cameras with the branding
Ali is being honored at the MGM Grand on Saturday with a huge party for his 70th birthday celebration.
After the ceremony they headed to Caesars Palace to pay
tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Some of the other
SI models visited Mastro's Ocean Club in Crystals at CityCenter to
help create a signature dish.
Bevvy of beauties: Chrissy, Izabel, Crystal and Nina show off their slim figures
No wonder they are smiling: Singer and actor Joshua Strickland and Planet Hollywood boss David Hoenemeyer are seen grinning as they pose with the swimsuit models
Anne V, Jessica Perez and Genevieve Morton didn't miond getting their hands a little dirty at the restaurant.
A photograph of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featuring Kate Upton was leaked before the billboard was unveiled
time last year, Russian-born brunette stunner Irina Shayk won the
coveted spot on the sports' publication's most popular issue.
was signed by Elite Model Management in 2008 and has been attracting a
growing number of admirers thanks to the high-profile campaigns for
Guess and Victoria's Secret.
Hidden talents: Anne V, Jessica Perez and Genevieve Morton get busy during their cookery demonstration at Mastro's
Budding chefs: Perez, Anne V and Genevieve Morton also happily signed copies of the magazine at the restaurant today
Last year, her popularity soared as
thousands of fans logged on to watch a video of the curvy stunner
dancing at a basketball game in Los Angeles which she had attended with
fellow Sports Illustrated model Damaris Lewis.
First published in 1964, the Swimsuit Issue was launched as distraction to combat the winter lull in sporting events and news.
Published only once a year, the cover is a huge coup for a model hoping to make it to the big time.
Up, Upton and away: Cover girl Kate gives a sassy wink on the flight from New York
Put it away, Irina: Miss Shayk, who was last year's cover girl, is still pushing her spread inside this year's magazine
many, the exposure from this cover is unparalleled and can catapult a
well known model in fashion circles and the world of beauty to fame far
beyond the catwalk.
Sports Illustrated has always
favoured the voluptuous looking models like Kate and has previously
featured the likes of Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Paulina
Porizkova, Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter, Rebecca Romijn, Petra
Nemcova, Valeria Mazza, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Marisa Miller among
its cover stars.
famous billboard is unveiled to show the newest star of the Sports
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue before being re-covered for Letterman's big
All that glitters: Nina and Alyssa Miller visit Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas
Leggy ladies: The models donned short dresses for the occasion which showed off their flawless shapes to perfection
non-models have appeared within the magazine's pages, the first such
famous face to adorn the cover was Beyonc Knowles in 2007.
the modelling world, the blonde teen who was raised in Florida, is a
keen equestrian and has won a number of championship competitions.
has also debuted on the silver screen this year in Tower Heist with Ben
Stiller and Eddie Murphy and applied her newly discovered acting talent
to the Farrelly brothers' latest comedy, The Three Stooges, due for
release in April.