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Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"An eye-opening tale for all women, Hungry explores the difference between the fantasy that society projects and the reality of what makes us happy. Crystal Renn's experience debunks the modern-day Cinderella story of the fat girl who loses weight to get happy. This is a new fairy tale, one in which a young woman embraces the size she's supposed to be and the world opens up for her." -- Lori Gottlieb, author of Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
"Crystal Renn is a high-spirited, convincing spokesperson for broadening our notions of beauty. Hungry adds a unique twist to a growing women's chorus: even if you are young and beautiful, as Renn is, it's best to give up the addiction to slimness for the sake of personal authenticity, social relations, intimacy, and sexual pleasure." -- Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of The Body Project and Fasting Girls
"Hungry offers an intelligent and intimate look inside the modeling industry and into Crystal Renn's heart. Renn's epiphany -- that she didn't have to be a size 0 to find success and happiness -- serves as a more powerful portrait of strength and beauty than anything a camera could capture." -- Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Marjorie Ingall is a contributing writer at Self magazine and a columnist for The Forward. She has written for many other magazines, including The New York Times, Glamour, Redbook, Seventeen, Ms., Food & Wine, Wired, and the late, lamented Sassy, where she was the senior writer and health editor. At Sassy, she won several awards for health and social issues coverage. She is the author of The Field Guild to North American Males, the co-author of a sex-ed book for teenagers, Smart Sex and a former writer/producer at the Oxygen TV network.
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Top Customer Reviews
a woman's struggle with self-acceptance, with bending one's mind around a senseless goal, preoccupation with self-mutilation and punishment, coming to terms and being comfortable in one's own skin, living for the sake of life and being happy -- it's all there.
too bad none of it holds up as true any longer, since as of April 2012 Crystal is a size 4, weighs something along the lines of 125 lbs, has that space between her thighs -- the golden triangle of modeling -- back, and insists she owes it all to yoga and hiking, as well as healthy eating.
as a struggling anorexic i call BS on that, and hope Ms Renn realizes she, too, succumbed to the behemoth machine of fashion and celebrity industry, which gobbles up minds and bodies of women worldwide.
so i give it two stars -- it would've been five, if Ms Renn actually lived the life she preached about.
2) Her newfound self-esteem sometimes gets a little over-the-top near the end ("I'm so sexy, I'm so hot," etc.).
But on the whole, I really recommend this. She actually doesn't slam the fashion industry as hard as I thought she would -- in fact, she acknowledges that sometimes people told her she was too thin -- and she mostly blames herself for nearly starving to death.
I saw her on one of the morning TV shows and she came across as quite smart as well as gorgeous. Way to go, Crystal!
I've worked in the fashion industry for many years. I was a model with an eating disorder. I wasn't naturally thin, I had to work at it. It's a very subjective business and what one agent wants another doesn't want. Beauty is very subjective and truly is in the eye of the beholder. If a major photographer likes you despite what your agent thinks you can be successful and just switch agents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really amazing story of empowerment and body acceptance. It's helpful in reminding you that when you eat, you won't even land in a place that is "acceptable," but you can... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel B.
Crystal's story is a very compelling, eye-opening account of the struggles she went through as an aspiring model in the brutal world of fashion. It's blunt, open and very direct. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marie T Batt
Once you get past a little bit of fat logic the book has an overall healthy message. I also enjoyed the very personal nature of her writing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chelsea Herrick
This is such a great book. Women of all ages should read about Crystal's struggle and feel empowered to embrace their beauty, regardless of size. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shaun
I had to read this for an English assignment in school. As this wasn't one of the "must read classics" I thought it would be more fun. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by bangbang
This book was difficult to get through, especially because I find Crystal Renn to be a hypocrite with a terrible case of Histrionic Personality Disorder. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Caitlyn
I actually bought this book thinking it was by Marjorie Ingall, whose writing I enjoy. I was not disappointed in the least! Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Lisa Hadenfeldt
It's a bit disorganized, but it reads very conversationally so I didn't find the haphazard organization to be much of an issue. A quick read + difficult to put down. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Laura