Cosmo favourite Robyn Lawley is inspiring the world with her body image policy.
Dec 04, 2013 10:39pm
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Aussie model and Cosmo favourite Robyn Lawley revealed to MailOnline why she won’t diet: “I am the perfect shape for plus-size modelling. I don't feel any pressure to lose weight as I've been this size for years now and I don't want to change or diet. I enjoy exercising and being able to eat foods I like.”
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On the beginning of her career: “I started out doing regular modelling as a teenager but I couldn't maintain a size six to eight figure and that's what size all the samples are. I'm tall and I have big hips and shoulders. Even if I diet I can't shrink my bones. I had tried to be that skinny I would have ended up in hospital."
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On actually enjoying her food: “It must annoy some of the other models when they see the 'plus-size' models eating after they have starved themselves all night." Did you know Robyn's a food blogger? Check out her scrumptious site here.
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On limited opportunities: “Being a 'plus-sized' model in an industry where there aren't many means there are some opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise. But... I know a lot of stunning girls who are not working because being a size eight to fourteen you are in no man's land even though you have a normal, healthy body.”
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Robyn was the first "plus-sized" model (although we hate that term - she should just be called a "model") for Ralph Lauren. And doesn't she look divine?
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On having to prove herself: “People are surprised when I turn up on a shoot and I can model. But why shouldn't I be able to do it just because I'm a size 16?”
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Robyn has been on the cover of Vogue Italia and has done high fashion shoots for Elle France. Proud almost doesn't cut it in descibing how we feel about Robyn's achievements.
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Why models like her should be on the runway: “It's disappointing as I love catwalk modelling, it's more exciting than being on a shoot so it sucks not to be included.”
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On diversity in the modelling world: “Plus-size models are being used more in magazines and in the media but not on the runway and not by high-end designers like Prada. I'd love them to use more curvy girls but it's like a taboo and I don't know why. It screams lack of diversity.”
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On the fashion industry’s influence: “[The size of models] doesn't send out a good message to teenage girls who are impressionable.They're not coat hangers, they're girls, and it's bad for them to only see skinny frames on the catwalk."
Wow, Robyn looks baben in her Vogue Italia shoot. She's currently represented by Bella Model Management and MiLK Management who celebrate diversity: "MiLK has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries in terms of diversity, we believe that there is no longer a standard size for modelling and we look at everyone's potential individually."