Crystal Renn has a glorious day at the beach in a new fashion spread in Harper's Bazaar Spain.

Crystal Renn has a glorious day at the beach in a new fashion spread in Harper’s Bazaar Spain.

Crystal Renn looks like the perfect beach date in a rousing photo spread in the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar. She cavorts in the sand, flashes just the tiniest hint of her breasts and poses in some very artsy shots with a vintage Mercedes convertible.

Renn has had a storied modeling career that began when she was 14 and discovered in her hometown of Clinton, Mississippi.

Although she was runway ready at five-feet, nine-inches tall, she was told she needed to lose up to a third of her body weight if she ever hoped to break into the industry. She did, but the move came with a price.

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The 27-year-old model struggled with anorexia for years. At one point, she weighed a scant 95 pounds. Then, she changed her eating habits and gained 70 pounds.

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She went up to a size-12 dress and became one of the best known plus-size models in fashion industry history.

Then, she reversed course again, after going through the weight-debate wringer and a nasty 2009 divorce. she slimmed down from a plus-size 14 to a size six in two years, and wrote a book about her experiences.

“Hungry,” co-authored by Marjorie Ingall, was released in Sept 2009. She relates her experience in the fashion industry with a focus on its obsession with body image.

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She vaulted into the ranks of top models after appearing last year in the widely publicized Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Her editorial work includes fashion spreads in Vogue magazine in nine different country editions as well as Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, V, i-D and Vanity Fair.

For the July/August issue of Harper’s, Renn shows off her healthy beach body in sexy fashion spread shot by photographer Nico. Juan Cebrian jockeyed styling. Her hair is by Karim Belghiran and Jordi Fontanals handled makeup.

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