$45 Prepay and $55 At-the-Door
Hors D'oeuvres and wine served
Evening includes Art Exhibits, Live jazz and blues music by Carol Schiada & Friends,
Special Guest Appearances, Author Book Signing and Silent Auction
327 Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
This is an indoor event
Crystal Renn, Ford "Plus-Size" Model and author of Hungry: "A Young Model's Story of
Appetite, Ambition and the
Ultimate Embrace of Curves"
Carolyn Costin, a leading expert in eating disorder treatment, will host an intimate and inspirational chat with special guest, Crystal Renn. Crystal will share her own struggles with an eating disorder, her turning point when she embraced her “hunger for life” and her experience in becoming the leading Ford “plus-size” model after choosing to listen to her authentic self. With the tragic losses the world has experienced this will be a refreshing story of courage, strength and one model’s “ultimate embrace of curves.”
“Something snapped. I could not do this any more. The threat of losing the forty thousand dollar [shoot] meant nothing. I was too hungry. I could not keep running endlessly… I was done. And the minute I understood that, I could breathe normally again for the first time in years.”
- an excerpt from Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves
Crystal Renn’s personal story will be an inspiration to both Professionals and individuals alike. Feel free to invite guests you believe may benefit from such an experience.
There will be plenty of time to network with colleagues and friends!
See an Interview with Crystal on Good Morning America
About Crystal Renn
Renn started her modeling career in high fashion at the age of 16 after being spotted by a professional scout in her hometown in Clinton, Mississippi. She was told she would need to lose almost a third of her total body weight if she wanted to become a model. This extreme weight loss eventually triggered a health crisis, causing her to reassess her eating and exercise habits. After gaining some of her weight back and re-emerging as a U.S. size 12, she eventually became the leading Ford “plus-size” model. Renn is the author of “Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves”, about her experiences struggling with an eating disorder in the fashion industry. As a “plus-size” model, Renn is notable for appearing in back-to-back campaigns in 2007 wearing regular-sized (not specifically plus-size) clothing for Spanish retailer Mango; her photos appearing amid those of smaller models and without notation regarding her larger size, a rare occurrence in conventional apparel advertising. Recently Renn was in the Media speaking out against "severly manipulated" photos of her, claiming that “retouched photos like these send the wrong message to women.” Renn currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Event emcee Chenese Lewis and Parterning Organization NOW - Hollywood
Chenese Lewis is a sought after keynote speaker, expert commentator, and a positive body image and self-esteem advocate. She is the current President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Ambassador of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), sits on the Celebrity Board of the non-profit organization Fed Up, Inc., and made history by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America in 2003. Her unique story and prestigious career have been featured by countless media outlets such as Dr. Phil, The Insider, E! News, EXTRA, The National Examiner, iVillage, Figure Magazine and USA Today.
Lewis is the creator and host of Hollywood NOW's "Love Your Body Day," an annual event where women of all sizes come together to celebrate a day of self-acceptance, to promote positive body image and to show that you don't have to be a size 0 to be beautiful. Her 2010 Love Your Body Campaign, where she posed nude with America's Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson, garnered international media attention and magnified her role as a leading positive body image advocate.Chenese attributes her success by not conforming to society's ideals of beauty but rather showing by example that you can be beautiful and confident regardless of your size. Visit her online at www.cheneselewis.com
Art is one of the main vehicles to express important messages to the public. Many artists have chosen this vehicle to create awareness around eating disorders. We're proud to feature some of these artists at this year's Evening Under the Stars…
Art Exhibits Include:
Real Beauty Campaign: Celebrate the Skin You're In
by Juli Hayes Nadler
"Juli's photos gently illuminate the true beauty and grace of the feminine spirit as it is reflected through the bodies of all women. The authenticity of these images are an antidote to the false, one-dimensional images we see in the media today. They invite us to celebrate the exquisite beauty of the embodied feminine soul."
-Anita Johnston, Ph.D. author, Eating in the Light of the Moon.
Expressive Art Therapy: The Nonverbal Cues of Recovery
by Rachel Levi
Temples for Our Souls, Our Bodies are Just on Loan