The models that populate South Beach, or used to anyway, are usually alien looking wisps of girls. But other parts of the 305 celebrate ladies with a bit of curves, so leave it to a Miami-born model to be leading the way for plus size girls in the world of high fashion.
Crystal Renn was born and grew up here, but her mother decided to the move to Clinton, Mississippi in her early teens, citing Miami's strict Catholic private schools, abysmal public high school, and, uh, former Miami Beach mayor Alex Daoud, personally amongst the reasons.
In her recently published memoir Hungry, Renn talks about the shock of the change of scenery and social norms. In Miami girls with long black hair and a bit of curves were considered the popular girls, while in Clinton, pink-skinned, blond matchstick-sized girls ruled the school.
Ironically, after moving to small town Mississippi, Renn was discovered by a model scout who demanded that she drop about a third of her body weight at 14-years-old. She worked the catwalk for a while, but the demands took a toll on her health. So she retreated, gained 70 pounds, emerged as a size 12-plus-size model and hasn't looked back.
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In the latest issue of fashion bible V, Renn teamed up with photographer Terry Richardson and another typical teenage skinny model to prove that girls with curves can rock high fashion looks as well, if not better than, their waif-ey counterparts. See more photos from the shoot here.