With the “thin is beautiful” ideal pushed onto girls and women by most media outlets and society in general, plus size model Crystal Renn gives an in-depth account on struggling to be “perfect” in her memoir Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves (Simon and Schuster, 2009).
Contrary to agendas pushed by Hollywood, the media, and fashion industry, the average size of women in the United States is 5 feet 4 inches and a size 14. The plus size industry is a billion-dollar business with no intentions of fading anytime soon.
Hungry is an excellent book that distinguishes the difference between what average women truly are and what society thinks they should be; Renn holds nothing back in her experiences to “fit in” as part of the highly competitive world of modeling – and eventually developed an eating disorder – before discovering new paths of accepting the true young woman she actually is and developing stronger self esteem in the process.
Every woman who has dealt with eating disorders will find they are not alone once they’ve read this book. While this book encourages us to feel comfortable with who and what we are, it doesn’t give the message that it’s great to be very enormous, but to place emphasis on one‘s “true body weight” and love themselves as they are.
Hungry is well-written, inspiring, and an outstanding read, especially coming from someone of a very young age who has already “been there and done that” several times over. It is definitely a book that gives us a different perspective on our natural bodies while boosting confidence at the same time.