She’s one of fashion’s hottest new faces… but Robyn Lawley is capturing the attention of the modeling world not only for her gorgeous face, but also for her “curvy” (or at least curvier) size 12 figure.
At just 23, the Australian model has become a trailblazer in the fashion world, embracing her “plus size” shape and challenging industry stereotypes of what it takes like to be seen as beautiful by the masses. In her short career, she’s already graced the covers of magazines like French Elle and Vogue Italia, and this week it was announced that Lawley will be the first ever plus-size model for Ralph Lauren, a designer known for glorifying skinny (if not skeletal) bodies in its advertising.
Lawley, who became a model at age 16, told Good Morning America that she initially felt the pressure to diet and change her body to fit industry standards. She struggled with an eating disorder in her early modeling days, and often beat herself up because she couldn’t fit into clothes that other models were wearing. But after moving to France and “falling in love with food again,” she came to embrace her “big bones” and “broad” shape. Now, she’s acting as an advocate for normal-sized women everywhere.
Lawley is hopeful about the future of the industry. “There are so many plus-size models in New York doing so well at the moment,” she told GMA, “and it’s only going to get better. There’s going to be more understanding and less discrimination because of that.”
Check out more photos of Robyn Lawley and other plus-size models at Huffington Post.