The second you meet her you’re blown away by her love for life and her electrifying charm and beauty. Robyn Lawley has taken the world by storm by breaking all stereotypes and teaching the fashion industry to embrace size diversity.
Robyn is best known for her cover of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, and the first Plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue. Robyn was also the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Madison, an Australian Fashion magazine and has shot countless editorials for magazines around the world such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Look, Mode, Marie Claire and Elle magazines to name a few.
Robyn has worked with world renown photographers including Lee Broomfield, Michel Haddi, Thierry Le Goues, Raphael Mazzucco and Steven Meisel and is also the first plus-size model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren.
A turning point in Robyn’s career was Vogue Australia’s decision to shoot her as the first plus size model to appear in an editorial specifically produced for Vogue Australia in the magazine’s 52 year history. The Vogue Australia’s Editor-in-Chief, Kirstie Clements, 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 we didn’t 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. When a plus-size model first turns up to the studio, she may be an anomaly to a team normally used to working with size-6’s, but once photographer Max Doyle started shooting Robyn, we quickly readjusted our preconceived notions of beauty. She doesn’t actually look plus size to me at all now.”
- Robyn was voted the winner of the Australian Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Female, Rising Star Award 2011.
- Robyn was also selected for Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the year award for 2011.
- CHARITY Robyn became an ambassador for The Australian Ovarian Cancer charity in 2011.
The Stunning Supermodel Robyn Lawley reveals to us why she has a big NO-NO for dieting and her journey to embracing her curves, in an exclusive interview with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You are best known as one of three cover models of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, the second plus-size model to appear on the cover of Elle France, the first plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue and GQ Australia and the first Australian plus-size model to be on the cover of Australia Cosmopolitan. Tell us about this incredible break-through journey and how it all began?
Ms. Robyn Lawley:
In my teens I thought that to be a fashion model you had to be really thin and unfortunately this was reinforced every time I went to a casting. Once I had a client pat me on the head and say ‘you’re just too big’ it was a really difficult time because I had dieted to the point where there was nothing left to lose. I realized that my frame was just the way it was and no amount of dieting was going to change that so I redirected my career goals into cooking and art and took a year off to take up a scholarship to study in France and travel through Europe when I was 16.
When I got back to Australia I noticed a ‘plus’ model Abby Valdes who was beautiful and in a lot of the magazines and thought I can do that. My sister told me about Abby’s agency and encouraged me to meet them. The director signed me on the spot and it took off from there!
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