Modeling is a cruel industry with high demands in which only the best of the best succeed. What is considered to be the best, though? In the recent years, the modeling industry promoted slender, skinny females, up to the point of becoming anorexic. However, there are still women out there who are not a size 0, yet have still managed to show the world that voluptuous is sexy. You can call them plus sized models, full-figured models, extended-sizes model, or outsize model, but they are all models. And one of the best plus size model of our time is Robyn Lawley.
Robyn Lawley was born on June 13, 1989, in Girraween, New South Wales, Australia, to Chris and Janne Lawley. At the early age of 15, she went to see a mainstream agency. Even though they were ready to sign her, Robyn said that she did not feel ready to enter this world. She came back a year later and started doing straight size modeling. This only lasted a year, after which Robyn realized that it was not worth the effort to maintain the size 8 that she was required.
Later on, when she was 18 years old, she signed with Bella model management, a plus size modeling agency based out of Australia. Although this is her mother agency, Robyn is also represented by Wilhelmina Agency in New York City, Why Not Model Agency in Milan, New Madison Models in France, Milk Management in the United Kingdom, and OKAY models in Germany.
Once she decided to become a plus size model, Robyn’s career took off and has continued to blossom ever since. She did her first magazine shoot in 2006, for Dolly. Since then, she has appeared on the cover of numerous high-end fashion magazines, including the French Elle, Marie Claire, and Revue des Modes. However, her most notable magazine appearance was the cover of the June 2011 issue of Vogue Italia, which she graced along with plus sized models Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine. The cover was shot by the renowned photographer Steven Meisel.
Robyn Lawley is also the first plus size model to be shot for Australian Vogue, as well as the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of the Australian fashion magazine Madison. Kirstie Clements, the Editor-in-Chief for Vogue Australia, noted: “This is the first time Vogue Australia has shot a larger model and, of course, now that we have done it, I ask myself why didn’t we do it sooner. But that’s because Robyn is especially gorgeous. I went to the shoot to meet her and was transfixed by her beauty and poise. She is a truly super-duper model.“
Continuing with the series of “firsts”, Robyn Lawley is also the first plus size model to appear in a campaign for the famous designer Ralph Lauren (the Fall 2012 campaign). Robyn has also advertised for other mainstream brands, such as Calzedonia’s Summer 2012 campaign. Besides the aforementioned magazines, Robyn has appeared in many other magazine editorials and has worked with notable photographers such as Lee Broomfield, Steven Meisel, Raphael Mazzucco, and Thierry le Goues.
She is also the new face of plus-size lingerie line Boux Avenue. Moreover, Robyn Lawley has walked runaways all around the world and has participated in fashion events organized in the world’s fashion capitals, including New York City and Milan. In 2011, she was voted the winner of the Australian Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Female, Rising Star Award. In addition to her successful career, Robyn Lawley is also a philanthropist, being very involved in charity. At the end of 2011, she became an ambassador for the Australian Ovarian Cancer charity.
Robyn Lawley is without a doubt one of the most successful plus size models of the planet. She is the living proof that women do not have to be skinny in order to be beautiful. They just have to be confident and feel good in their own skin.