Plus-size supermodel Robyn Lawley is by all accounts beautiful and successful. Her monumental moment came after she became the first plus-size model to be featured in Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue. She then rose to be a beauty icon for women of all sizes. So when harsh criticisms were made after a Sports Illustrated show chose to feature plus-size models, Lawley felt the need to hit back at those who say that curvy girls don’t belong on the catwalk.
Robyn Lawley Hits Out on Claims ‘Curvy Models Don’t Belong on the Catwalk’
Twenty-eight-year-old Robyn Lawley grew her high fashion career by gracing the covers of magazines like Vogue Italia and Elle France. For a model who stands at 185 centimeters and wears a size 14, it is hard to imagine why anyone would choose to label Robyn as “fat” or “hefty.” But she told Australian Story that the early years of her modeling career were filled with critics who uttered such harsh words and slammed doors on her face. Robyn let the pressure get to her at one point, and the Aussie model began jumping back and forth with her weight.
Robyn finally had enough and learned to love her curves. From then on, she has forged a successful modeling career and inspires women everywhere to have confidence in their own skin. Although she adheres to the rules of fashion, Robyn is clearly unimpressed by the controversy over the size of models that get featured on catwalks around the world. She also made a shocking confession: She wants to stop people from using the term “plus-size.”
“These are people we’re talking about. They have feelings,” Lawley told Australian Story. “I’ve met all the girls who did that catwalk. None of these models were unhealthy . . . they all work out.”
Her comments come after NSW Australian Medical Association president, Dr. Brad Frankum, claimed that the use of models over size 20 was “sending a message that it’s OK to be obese or severely overweight because it’s the normal state of being, but in fact, you are putting yourself at risk.”
Dr. Frankum’s comments stirred up a debate on social media, with activists calling out the doctor for fat-shaming. Just last month, a number of curvy women paraded down the catwalk for Sports Illustrated during Miami Swim Week. The event marked the first time the swimwear magazine had used models classified as plus-size. All the women who participated would then go on to compete for a photoshoot for the brand’s upcoming swimwear edition.
Plus-size model walks Sports Illustrated runway
Lawley, who appeared on Sports Illustrated a number of times, defended plus-size models from critics who stated that they were promoting “obesity”
But Robyn begs to differ with Frankum, her burgeoning career as a model and photographer has taught her that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. She has made it her lifelong mission to promote diversity in the runway and happily stated that there was “a vast array of sizes, heights and ethnicities” at the Sports Illustrated show.
“I hate the term plus-size,” Robyn Lawley said. “I hate the tag. I think you should shoot a whole bunch of girls, whatever size you need.”
Robyn’s Sydney-based model agent Chelsea Bonner agrees with her client. She stated that plus-size models on the catwalk shock people only because they are accustomed to the size 6 models who normally grace them. For years, Bonner has been trying to get a broader range of models into jobs in the fashion industry since it reflects the size of an average Australian woman (a size 14–16).