The world’s most successful plus size model Crystal Ren was outraged when she discovered her sumptuous, hourglass figure had been retouched to look skinny and waif in a new ad campaign.
Ren was shocked when she saw the final results for the Fashion for Passion campaign shot by photographer Nicholas Routzen.
“It was not an accurate portrayal of my body in any way. I’m a (US) size 10 and that was a size 2 at most.”
Routzen admitted to retouching the photograph but defended his decision claiming “I did nothing I wouldn’t do to anyone. I’m paid to make women look beautiful.”
The model hit back at his defence saying “I do not want women to think being thin is the only way to be beautiful. Beauty is not a pant size.”
The model has spoken publicly about her past battle with anorexia that began aged 13 when she was ordered to drop 5 stone after being discovered by a talent scout.
She eventually turned her back on the size 0 phenomenon and the 5”9 model now stomps the runway at a healthy 12 stone.
Considering the damaging effect skinny images can have on young girls, we think it’s fantastic that Ren is speaking out against retouching and is proud to fly the flag for curvaceous women.