Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Fashion -

ur­vivor, that’s the per­fect word to de­scribe Crys­tal Renn, con­sid­er­ing her life story and ca­reer tra­jec­tory in fash­ion. She has gone through a host of hard­ships and has bat­tled a con­stant bar­rage of neg­a­tive com­ments about her weight (re­sult­ing in a bout of anorexia at one point) and her in­fa­mous asym­met­ri­cal eyes. De­spite all this, Renn has man­aged to add au­thor, pho­tog­ra­pher, and spokesper­son to her ré­sumé, while still en­joy­ing what she does best in front of the cam­era – and with ma­jor piz­zazz, ev­i­dently. Armed with her own face tape and 15 years of mod­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence (like Kate Moss, she en­tered the in­dus­try at the ten­der age of 14), she came and charmed the en­tire BAZAAR photo crew with an unas­sum­ing de­meanour to match her mod­est at­tire. Renn’s warmth shone through her re­torts, which dis­played her psy­cho­an­a­lyt­i­cal side. On set, how­ever, she trans­formed into a com­pletely dif­fer­ent be­ing. She wrig­gled, writhed, swayed, and hissed like a woman pos­sessed by a fash­ion de­ity, em­body­ing a char­ac­ter that she cre­ated in her head; and only for that day. It was fas­ci­nat­ing to wit­ness the shoot in progress. The dy­namic con­nec­tion be­tween the su­per­model and our pho­tog­ra­pher Yu Tsai was al­most pal­pa­ble; they bonded with a mu­tual re­spect and love for fash­ion, as well as a united goal to cre­ate those mag­i­cal mo­ments. Here’s a glimpse into their post-shoot con­ver­sa­tion. Crys­tal Renn: I no­ticed that you’re so … tech­ni­cal and ver­sa­tile. Yu Tsai: I’ve been very blessed; I’m al­ways sur­round­ing my­self with an amaz­ing crew so that I can just di­rect. I have an in­cred­i­ble team and I em­power them. Be­fore any­body says that “you’re a great pho­tog­ra­pher,” peo­ple al­ways say, “You have an amaz­ing crew.” I come last and I’m okay with that. The photos are ev­i­dence of what I do. CR: You have peo­ple who sup­port your vi­sion and al­low you the space to be your­self, to cre­ate, and that’s im­por­tant. YT: You sti­fle cre­ativ­ity when you put a shackle on them. To­day, I watched you from the mo­ment you ar­rived on set and I thought, “Would Crys­tal give me the Crys­tal I heard from other peo­ple or is she go­ing to be some­thing dif­fer­ent?” You asked me: “Do you like move­ment or do you like still poses?”And my an­swer was: “I want Crys­tal. What­ever Crys­tal feels at the mo­ment.I want to cap­ture your au­then­tic­ity and it’s go­ing to be beau­ti­ful.” CR: That’s what I like about be­ing a model. If I don’t en­ter the world of my own imag­i­na­tion, then it be­comes … YT: Bor­ing.

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