Yesterday, my social media feeds blew up with headlines such as “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition will feature First Plus Sized Model”.
The 25 year old, who is a US Size 12 and stands at a gorgeous 6’2″ height, hails from Sydney, Australia and has been making waves in the fashion industry for the past few years – especially since her Vogue Italia 2011 cover with fellow plus sized models Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine
I saw a flurry of posts congratulating the model on her Sports Illustrated debut as one of SI Swimsuit’s Rookie 2015 models. I also noticed many comments criticizing Lawley for not looking like she fit the plus size category. At a US Size 12 she is Plus Sized according to the definition of the term. However, I am sure due to her 6’2″ frame, her weight isn’t quite as noticeable as a model who would be several inches shorter than she.
Quite frankly I am just happy the magazines are starting to show curvier, more everyday body types. Let’s hope this trend continues and we can start seeing more forms of beauty in our media.
Robyn has also entered the fashion world herself in 2013 when she launched her swimwear line – Robyn Lawley Swim – in collaboration with Bond-Eye Swimwear via her website. The line features sizes US 8 through US 18. Lawley launched the line after she saw a deficit in fashionable swimwear for women over size 10.
Lawley wrote via her Instagram about the photo below which inspired her to design the swim line:
I think this photo was taken 5 years ago the Herald was posting about Aussie models today, now the reason why I started designing and making swimwear above a size 10 is because those bottoms my friends are ‘undies’ (aka underpants) and that bikini would be a gamble every wave…..hahah so yep that’s what I had to do for years, wear underwear to the damn beach, because apparently no one above a size 10 wanted cool swimsuits
In the meantime, keep rocking that 6’2″ body Robyn Lawley!
PS: Launch a tall women clothing line soon 😉
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