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Andre Leon Talley on Crystal Renn's "Groundbreaking" Moment; Alyona Osmanova Joins Ford's "Plus Size" Division

Andre Leon Talley on Crystal Renn's "Groundbreaking" Moment; Alyona Osmanova Joins Ford's "Plus Size" Division

>> After "plus size" model Crystal Renn walked thrice in the Chanel Cruise 2011 show, she told Fashion TV host Jeanne Beker, according to Beker's Twitter, that "she was glad Karl [Lagerfeld] used so many real women in the show and thinks it'll set a new direction in fashion..."

Andre Leon Talley seconded that emotion in a recent post on Vogue.com: "Lagerfeld had cast the show with a slightly more curvaceous model named Crystal Renn, not seen on any Chanel catwalk before. This in itself was groundbreaking for the house, but there was also the return of personality models encouraged to be themselves instead of robotic look-alikes. 'Each girl was cast because of her sense of individuality,' Lagerfeld said enthusiastically."

As for Alyona Osmanova, a former Prada and Miu Miu runway exclusive »

With the current rise in "plus-size" models' visibility, another interesting development: 22-year-old former Prada and Miu Miu runway exclusive Alyona Osmanova, who skipped the Fall 2010 runway season, has just turned up alongside Renn in Ford Models' "plus size" division — see her new polaroids here. As one commenter on The Fashion Spot pointed out, models seem to have more options with the rising acceptance of "plus size": "It used to be that if your look changed there wasn't a place for you, but now there is really room for a girl to . . . evolve."

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