Renn entered the industry in 2014 when she was professionally scouted in her hometown. She is the author of a memoir titled Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, which details her experiences being told to lose weight and starting a career as a plus-size model.
“The truth is, in modeling we have a big, big, big middle ground that is not acknowledged. In the late eighties and early nineties, modeling at a ‘middle size’ was normal, but it has not been normal now for many years. Still, I have chosen to accept myself in this middle area. It is my happy medium. I am a woman, and changes are naturally going to happen. I cannot predict what my body will do next year,” she candidly told Glamour magazine. “Over the course of 12 years, I've basically had three modeling careers. A decade ago I was what the industry calls a "straight-size model"—and suffered from an eating disorder. Luckily I realized that I'd be a better woman and model if I could actually function on the job and not be starving or crazy. I saw an opportunity to model at a different size while I could recover from an awful thing, and I took it, becoming plus-size. That was my second career.”
Below are four of our favorite photos of Renn in Australia.
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