Plus-size model Crystal Renn is featured in a new Chanel ad which announces the re-opening of the Chanel store in SoHo, New York. I wrote an article about Crystal for a school magazine last year and I love her. You know I also love Chanel so there’s no surprise in me loving this ad.
I do however have some mixed feelings about it. Crystal says to Fashionista: “I think the fashion industry is changing and is more open to a new ideal. It’s not about body size, it’s about talent and effort.” But if that’s true, than why is the skinny male model (Karl Lagerfeld‘s favorite Baptiste Giabaconi) seen half naked in the background, and is Crystal all covered up and only shown from the chest up?