The fashion industry can be cruel to women who struggle with weight issues, but for one former plus-size model, the public's opinion can become just as scornful.
Crystal Renn has battled with anorexia for years before settling on a more healthy weight. This led her to a career as a plus-sized model and the poster-child for an average woman. Radar Online reported that PLUS Model Magazine Editor Madeline Jones thought that women felt like they could relate to her.
She said, "After Emme, 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."
Over the last few years, Crystal lost a lot of weight after taking up some healthy habits, including exercise. Unfortunately for her, many of her fans are not so supportive of her physical changes. Jones futher explained the reactions, "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."
The real question that remains: do the fans truly feel jilted or are they jealous? That is a question that has yet to be answered but the model has a few words of her own to say. She recently ranted the following on her blog, "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."
As long as Crystal Renn eats a proper diet and maintains a healthy weight, she should be alright. There is nothing wrong with losing weight as long as it doesn't leave a negative impact on overall health. If getting slim the right way is important to her self-esteem, her real fans should support that.