‘Harpers Bazaar’ Showcases Plus-Size Model Love

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Is the ever-present stick-thin model soon to be replaced by more curvaceous, even voluptuous mannequins? Perhaps, if the latest issue of Harpers Bazaar Australia is any indication. While Love opted to showcase a nude Beth Ditto on its debut cover in an effort to highlight non-sample size chic, Australian Bazaar includes an editorial with “plus size” model Crystal Renn this month. Photographed by Louis Sanchis and styled by Wayne Gross, the spread is beautifully executed and doesn’t make any attempt to hide or trim down Renn’s curves (unlike Vogue’s treatment of Brit songstress Adele in its April issue).

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The brunette beauty is pictured in “sexy bustiers, strappy dresses, and sheer lingerie … in an 80’s-inspired shoot that felt reminiscent of Terence Donovan,” says Refinery 29, who has a preview of the full spread. It’s not the first time Renn has made waves as the star of a stunning fashion editorial after battling anorexia and launching her career as a plus-size model. Back in 2005 she posed for Craig McDean for a French Vogue; shortly thereafter, Steven Meisel snapped her for Italian Vogue. She’s also graced runways for Vena Cava, Heatherette, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Not to mention, the model is dropping her first book this fall, titled Hungry, which follows her experience in the fashion industry.