Hungry

Hungry

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Baker & Taylor
In this inspiring and cautionary memoir, one of the world's top plus-size models relates her former life as a Size 00 model and her battles with eating disorders and delivers a universal message about body image, beauty, and self-confidence.

Baker
& Taylor

One of the world's top plus-size models relates her former life as a Size 00 model and her battles with eating disorders and delivers a universal message about body image, beauty, and self-confidence.

Simon and Schuster
At fourteen, I was a regular junior high school student in Clinton, Mississippi, when a modeling scout told me: You could be a supermodel. And then: But you'll have to lose a little weight. For glamour, fame, and escape, I lost 70 pounds.

This is a photo of me at sixteen, when I signed a big modeling contract, moved to New York City, and started traveling around the world. It is also when I developed a ferocious case of anorexia and exercise bulimia, and began to lose my hair, develop frequent bruises, and experience frequent heart palpitations. And still my body refused to remain a size zero. As my weight rebelled, my mania escalated. I experimented with diet drugs and fainted between casting calls, slumping to the sidewalk of Madison Avenue.

Until one day I realized that if I wanted to live, I could no longer starve. I had to get off the crazy-making treadmill. I had to nourish my body and feed my soul. So I ate. And ate. And I returned to my natural size 12 -- the size of the average American and the size I was when I really made it big.

This is a photo of me at eighteen, when I became one of the most successful models in the industry today.

Hungry charts the rise, fall, and rise of Crystal Renn, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the modeling industry, as well as a trenchant look at our weight-obsessed culture. In this testament to the power of authenticity, Renn illustrates the ways in which the fashion industry is slowly changing and exposes the cold truths about size and sizeism.

An inspiring and cautionary tale, Hungry will resonate with anyone who has battled society's small-minded definitions of beauty.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
ISBN: 9781439101230
143910123X
Branch Call Number: 746.9209 RENN RENN
Characteristics: xiv, 231 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ingall, Marjorie

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VanessaM Oct 25, 2009

As someone who's always assumed that stick-thin models were lucky to be naturally thin, it was interesting to learn that this isn't always the case. A heartbreaking story about a woman's struggle to turn her body into something it wasn't meant to be, and then accepting it for what it is.

An interesting inside look at the world of modeling...a little self-absorbed and dry at times, ultimately an easy read that's hard to put down.

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