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Plus Size Women Feel ‘Betrayed And Insulted’ By Crystal Renn’s Startling Slimdown

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Jan. 30 2012, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Former plus size model and anorexia survivor Crystal Renn’s dramatic weight loss has sparked outrage in the plus size community who have supported her and helped launch her career, is exclusively reporting.

“Everyone rallied around her and now she’s turned against us,” PLUS Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones told in an exclusive interview. “We have been betrayed by her.”

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As previously reported, the 5’9” beauty was a shadow of her former self when she walked the red carpet in a skintight scarlet Zac Posen gown at the New York premiere of Madonna’s W.E. on Monday night, prompting fears she has fallen back into bad habits.

“After Emme, Crystal was the biggest plus size supermodel in our era and a lot of readers aspired to be like her,” explained Jones, adding that now they feel betrayed by the fashion icon they helped make a star.

“We supported her one hundred percent.”

The 25-year-old model has been open about her struggles with eating disorders in the past, penning a tell-all book called Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.

She went on to enjoy several years as a plus-sized model before revealing in November 2010 that she had dropped several dress sizes due to taking up hiking and yoga.

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Jones for one doesn’t believe her explanation. “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,” she told “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.

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“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,” lamented Jones.

Renn recently blasted back to critics on her Ford Models 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,” she wrote.

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While Jones understands that it is Renn’s freedom of choice to lose weight, she says she should have been honest about her motivations.

“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.”


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