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David Baxter

Mar 26, 2004
Does this model look plus-sized to you?
by Tralee Pearce, The Globe and Mail
Friday, Sept. 21 2012

We so rarely see fashion models bigger than a size zero, when one does make a name for herself, we can’t stop looking. Such is the case with Australian model Robyn Lawley, who recently joined the Ralph Lauren team. The six-foot-two 23-year-old beauty wears a North American size 12 and is the label's first “plus-size” model.

As New York Magazine writer Hilary Moss points out, this also makes her the focus of a lot of awkward attention - as a recent Good Morning America segment illustrated.

The first question she’s asked: How much does she weigh? The model batted that one away, saying simply, "Well, I'm a size twelve, and I think weight doesn't really matter," reports Moss. (Has anyone ever asked a skinny model her weight? Would any of them answer?)

The interview “took more of a turn toward Cringe Town,” as she writes, when Lawley was asked to recount her struggles with dieting and eating disorders when she was a mainstream model.

Many viewers of the show took to the ABC website to blast the idea that Lawley is plus-size at all. One commenter, Dyan Egan wrote, “The message of this segment should have been that Robyn is a ‘reality-sized’ model, not a plus sized model. You missed the boat of doing a lot more good with this story than you did with pitching Robyn as the first plus sized model for R. Lauren.”

Lawley has addressed that question herself, as the Blisstree site points out.

She is quoted there as saying, “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?”

It’s a conundrum - how to normalize images of non-skinny women without overdoing it? Lawley herself doesn’t appear to be too worried about the challenges of being a newly-minted role model. She’s too busy posted pretty pictures of food and delectable recipes on her Tumblr page.


Dr. Meg, Global Moderator, Practitioner
Sep 2, 2005
D'Oh! Ralph Lauren were so close to doing a really great thing by using a model with curves and then they had to go and use that tag. Focus group fail, or did they do it on purpose to outrage more people into looking at their ads? :facepalm:
Apr 5, 2011
lol Well, it's plus size in relation to the size ZERO, I guess... 8P

And no way does she look like what MY idea of plus size is. lol She looks healthy and like someone I would be able to talk to. She doesn't look like a twig that would blow away in a stiff wind. She looks nice and fit, and if I was in trouble, she looks like she could wear a superhero costume and beat up the bad guys to smithereens... So if "Plus Size" means "Normal" in the fashion world, so be it.

Silly fashion crap.

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