Friday, November 19, 2010

Hungry- Crystal Renn

Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves

I was torn on how to rate this book. Part of me wanted to give it 5 stars due to the fact that the author does a good job of explaining her ordeal trying to conform tto the unreasonable standars of beauty set by the fashion world and how she learned to love herself for who/what she is and embrace her natural size. The other part of me wants to scream at the top of my lungs that size 12 is NOT a plus size- it's the size of the average American woman and vastly ignored/underrated and therefore rate the book lower due to my perceived inaccuracy. so i compromised on 4 stars.

It is important for young women to see the harm that they can do to themselves trying to be stick thin and learn that it's ok to have curves. It's ludicrous to me that women in Hollywood and the fashion world are considered 'big' if they're size 4-8. Crystal Renn was on the path to killing herself via starvation before her body finally said "no more." The fact that her career actaully took off AFTER she went back to her true weight is a big "in your face" to the sizeist industry that she works in.

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