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Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Takes Over the Fashion World

Sep. 20th, 2012 | Comments 8 | Make a Comment   
Robyn Lawley
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Robyn Lawley is everywhere these days: she appears in lingerie campaigns, one of last year's Vogue Italia covers, and is one of the new faces for iconic American brand, Ralph Lauren. The 23-year-old model is also a size 10— plus-size in today's fashion culture.

“I had to go through my own self-love, self-hate to get to where I am,” Lawley told PEOPLE. “It took me years to watch other plus-size models be so confident with themselves. But then I realized that I could use my voice to be a positive role model for girls. When I found plus-size modeling, it was such a relief to be just me.”

Lawley’s modeling career began early at age 16 when she entered a competition. She finally signed with an agency three years later at the age of 19. Just four short years later Lawley is a Wilhelmina model, in the ranks of fashion’s biggest names and participating in shoots with the biggest brands and campaigns.

“It feels really good,” she said of her recent success. “I feel it’s been a really long time coming, but it feels like it was meant to happen now.”

Lawley says she was inspired by “strong, not-too-skinny” models of the '90s, like Linda Evangelista, and hopes she can be inspire others the same way. “I do try to respond to comments I receive on Facebook,” she said. “Some girls struggle with confidence, so it’s nice to be able to talk to them.”

This plus-sized beauty breaks the mold and redefines what it means to be sexy. Her confidence and looks appeal to the average-sized women in America and all over the world. “I genuinely want companies to take notice and start being more realistic about who their customer really is,” Lawley said. “I hope to keep breaking down those barriers.” Looks like nothing can stopping this upcoming fashion sensation.
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Andrea Judd commented on December 30, 2012

Who in their right mind decided that a size 10 was suddenly plus size?! Why is the fashion industry getting away with this bs? All they are interested in signing on are androgynous anorexic stick figures. Models should come in all shapes, sizes and looks. This is why girls are already trying to starve themselves at the age of ten. Let's just mentally destroy them in every way by telling them that they can never be truly beautiful because they are not skin and bone. This model looks NORMAL and HEALTHY and she's just beautiful. She looks way more feminine and interesting than essentially all of the other models I've seen. I hope she does make a difference in the fashion world, but I also hope that the fashion world realizes that a size 10 is anything BUT "plus size."

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Pamela Wrenn Leonard commented on December 18, 2012

Ahahahahah PLUS SIZED? NOT. Not even close to plus sized. How about NORMAL sized and all the ones smaller than her...anorexic. Unbelievable. No wonder our girls are so messed up in the head. Why don't you get a REAL PLUS SIZED MODEL instead of making one up?

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SNarf commented on December 9, 2012

Umm, I'd say the rest of the models are "MINUS SIZE"...this gal is the NORMAL one.

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Gail Smith commented on December 9, 2012

"PLUS SIZE MODEL"----are you kidding me !!??!!?? She's a size 10-now ask me why young woman today are anerexic and bulemic!!! Why young girls look at themselves and feel unworthy- OMG- YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING with this!

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linda commented on November 9, 2012

This is what is wrong with advertising and how it directly affects the self-esteem of women. Who in the "real" world would say a size 10 person is a PLUS model? Crazy people that is who... A size 10 in the real world is NOT A PLUS size.

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Marie Boller commented on September 28, 2012

How is a size 10 considered plus size??? so i'm an 18 which is....?

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VietnamLuxe commented on September 24, 2012

very nice, real top model

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vision20 commented on September 21, 2012

She doesn't look plus to me...

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