Ralph Lauren is making headlines for (finally!) hiring their first plus-size model, but forget that title, Robyn Lawley looks like a normal, healthy woman. Maybe it’s time to do away with the plus-size label for good.
Lawley, one of the most successful plus-size models in the industry, announced her new role as the first plus-size model for Ralph Lauren on Good Morning America yesterday. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, she says she’s a size 12– which is the average dress size of women today. So why does the modeling industry, the fashion industry and the media make a big deal about this?
Called the “plus-size wonder from down under”, GMA said becoming a plus model for Ralph Lauren is “an unheard of move in an industry that glorifies thin.”
Right after that, GMA’s host actually asked Lawley how much she weighed. Like, when did someone’s weight become everyone else’s business? Plus-size or not, the media needs to quit obsessing over how much women weigh.
Luckily, the 23-year-old agrees and answered that question gracefully:
Well I’m a size 12, but I think weight doesn’t really matter.
Lawley then admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder during her teens in an attempt to become the iconically skinny supermodel that the industry demands, but that didn’t work for her. So she decided to embrace her natural body and curves and be comfortable in her own skin.
While it’s great that a company like Ralph Lauren is starting to include an array of body sizes, is it really fair to label Lawley–someone who wears the same size as the average American woman–as plus-size? Is it really fair to label anyone at all?
If you look at other photos of Lawley, being plus-size is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind. She’s just a beautiful woman.
Tell us what you think. Should the industry do away with labeling some models as plus-size?