crystal renn mark fast fall 2010 runway

Plus-size model Crystal Renn on the Mark Fast Fall 2010 runway in London. Photos: Imaxtree.com (2)

For British designer Mark Fast, using fuller figured models in his fashion show last season -- which famously caused his stylist and casting director to quit on the spot -- was not just a trend.

Instead, Fast again sent a variety of models down the runway in his signature clingy knits for the Fall 2010 show at London Fashion Week.

StyleList caught up with Crystal Renn, perhaps the most famous "plus-size" model of late (and one of Mark Fast's catwalkers), post-show to talk her runway experience, Gemma Ward 's weight and whether size acceptance in the fashion industry is just a fad.

StyleList: Tell us how you hooked up with Mark Fast and what you thought of walking for him.
Crystal Renn
: His company called my agency, and in between covering the shows for Glamour.com in New York I came in and tried out for them and they loved my walk. The next day it was confirmed. Now I've met Mark and his mother and I think he's just a well-rounded, interesting guy, and his clothes... really, what a master!

He's fantastic! I think what he's doing by hiring healthier women to represent his clothing line is absolutely amazing. Women can really relate to that because we aren't all one size. What he did last season in staying true to what he wanted for his show -- which was a variety -- is great and I commend him for that.

SL: Another topic that's been making news is Gemma Ward's weight gain. Does your heart go out to her?
CR:
Of course, because she was me! I was lucky because my [weight gain] wasn't extremely public and it was my choice to make it public.

I think what's terrible for her is that she didn't choose to have everybody talk about her weight. It happened against her will. I feel for her for that. But I really believe in being positive and optimistic that the industry is going to change and maybe girls like her won't feel like that in the future, because she's still stunning and amazing.

SL: With Mark Fast's show, V magazine's "Size Issue," which you were in, and New York Magazine hailing "The Return of Voluptuous," do you think the acceptance of different body types is the way things will stay, or is it a trend?
CR:
I like the hype, because I think it's bringing awareness and it's getting the public used to it. If it happens at a gradual pace it won't be a trend. And this should not be a trend, this is how we should do things from now on.

Every decade has a body type, but what if we just keep it like this, where everyone is accepted? There's definitely a lot of other things happening, whether it's Mark Fast or Glamour making a pledge [to include all sized models]. I think a lot of people that have power are stepping up and it's incredible.

SL: Calling you "plus-size," which is what your agency considers you, baffles much of the public. Do you think the "plus-size" terminology is justified?
CR:
Well, [in modeling] there is the standard, which is a 34-inch hip and then there is "plus" that. Unfortunately, I think when people think of "plus" they think of only size 18, but the great thing about what I do, is that they have been more inclusive of size 8's and all the way up to bigger sizes like 20.

Personally, I wish there wasn't this huge separation. I think it's about being the size that you are, eating a healthy diet and doing moderate exercise -- your body will settle where it's supposed to be, whether that's a 2 or a 16/18.

SL: What's next for you, are there any projects you can mention?
CR:
I'm walking for Elena Miro in Milan and for the next month and a half, I'll be working around the world. I've been very blessed, especially in this economy, to be very busy. It's to the point now where I sometimes have three options [possible bookings] in one day. I'm loving every minute of it.

I've been given the opportunity to write for Glamour on their blog and cover the New York fashion shows and it's just amazing. I love experiencing all of the different jobs in fashion and you never know, maybe I'll be styling or creative directing. Who knows where my career will take me.

Plus, check out this model's struggle because of her "larger" size -- she's a 4!