Plus-size model Robyn Lawley made a name for herself when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia last summer in some very sexy black lingerie that showed off her curves and her body confidence. Now she’s making headlines again, but this time it’s all about her attitudes on food–and we gotta say, for a model, it’s pretty awesome.
Lawley, who is size 12/14 by U.S. standards, was the first-ever plus-size model to appear in the pages of Vogue Australia, and as a result, was dubbed “the shape of now.”
The 23-year-old didn’t start out as a plus-size model or even aspire to be one, but after being”encouraged” by the modeling industry to lose weight and fit in better, she decided to follow her heart and her body:
I was told I’d be a huge success. I was told to eat less, exercise more. But the thing with my body is that I’m big-boned; I have broad shoulders, I’m really tall, have big hips — it’s just not my body. And I love food! I don’t want to give it up for something that would make me unhappy.
So Lawley went on to become a very successful model–and role model. By admitting she loves food (and who doesn’t, really?), she makes herself a healthier role model to girls and women. She’s clearly not unhealthy and some would even question whether she’s truly plus-sized. Either way, she’s simply real and beautiful and confident. And unlike too many other unhealthy too-thin models, she’s not willing to sacrifice her health or her happiness in order to achieve someone else’s idea of the perfect body. We love that.
We also love her food blog.
Robyn Lawley Eats is a delightful blend of colorful, tasty foods. It features everything from panacottas to pizza to baked avocados (who knew you could bake them?). But mostly, it showcases that she’s a model who is real and honest.
And if you ask her, she doesn’t even like the term plus-sized model:
I believe it’s a tag we should do without. It segregates us from the mainstream fashion world, which means we only go to castings and jobs when our size is requested. I believe all runways and print pieces should use an array of sizes. After all, who is buying the clothes in the end?
Right on, Robyn.