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Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France- Artistry, Irony, or Vulgarity

Crystal Renn is featured in the 90th anniversary of Vogue France, styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Terry Richardson for an artistic perspective of a “festine”- or feast for translations sake. To say that this campaign shared a perspective, is an understatement. We do not think that you are going to be ready for this one… 

While Crystal looks stunning as usual, there was such an interesting and thought-provoking feeling with this fashion spread. Her shoot even sparked a delightful debate of tasteful and offensive feelings on Twitter. 

Here are the looks from Festin featuring Crystal Renn in Vogue France

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

All images from Fashion Indie

My thoughts?

While I lusted over the jewelry, I found it odd the play on food, a model whose book title is Hungry, and the gluttonous motif portrayed in this shoot. Yes, totally tongue in cheek, but this was one shoot that we will definitely remember. Wouldn’t you? 

Personally, I was taken aback. Not one of my favorites, but fashion and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. BUT I did love the jewelry– which I suppose is the point? 

Festin- Crystal Renn in Vogue France by Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson

But when will we move from this trope? Or will we have the chance to be shot and styled by fashion’s elite in a deliberate way? When will we have the chance to celebrate fashion and it’s imagery? How long will THAT take? 

When will we take part in fashion’s imagination and aspirational style? I think that there is so much room here for innovation and inclusion… We need and deserve more options and platforms here, right? At 67% of the population, the pls usize woman has to have a voice somewhere. Right? 

What are your thoughts about this photoshoot? Are you a fan of this imagery or are you as taken aback as we are? 

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. I don’t like them, neither from the way they look (i’m veggie, so all that meat is just revolting to me) or as a concept. It’s quite lazy, isn’t it? we have a larger model. She must eat (shock!) let’s put her with some food. The last one is my fave because there is a parallel between the grapes on the jewellery and the real grapes.

  2. Not a fan. I guess if you’re going for shock value, it worked. Between her public account of anorexia to the gluttonous, and kind of perverse, actions in the photos, it just doesn’t mix. It’s all subjective, though.

    • SUbjective- oh of course! Not my cup pf tea. I was offended- I remember being like- What?!?!

      SOme like it, some love, some could do without it…

  3. I posted my immediate reaction to seeing the spread on my blog yesterday:

    Editorials are meant to provoke some sort of emotion, so it was very well done… obviously. I can almost guarantee that had it been another model, your typical high fashion model, food would not have been involved at all.

    • You bring up a very interesting point… do you think it was her, her book Hungry, the constant media surrounding he weight loss, that they played off of?

      Which other plus model could you see in this shoot?

  4. Crystal looks amazing as ALWAYS. Carine makes her sparkle with all of those gorgeous jewels and clothes. The shots are a bit disturbing but that is expected from Richardson. Hence the meat between Crystal’s legs.

    • Hahaha, yes…. disturbing is a great summary, or at least for me! I do not know whether or not to love or hate, yet it does resonate quite weird with me…

  5. personally I felt it played into the stereotype. People seem to think that if you’re anything bigger then a size 4-6, you spend your days stuffing your face which is certainly not true. I’m a size 10 and I eat the same quantity of food that my slimmer friends eat, if not less. It’s just how my body is like and I refuse to starve myself. So yes, you could say I was offended but mostley I was annoyed.

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