Robyn Lawley: “Don’t call me plus-size”

August 26, 2013, 10:51 am Penny Newton lifestylechannels

The curvy Australian ‘supermodel’ has hit out at skinny-shaming saying the 'real women have curves' movement is “blatantly offensive."

Australian curvy model Robyn Lawley: Don’t call me plus-size

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She’s become the poster girl for curvy girls everywhere, but Robyn Lawley, who’s been dubbed the ‘supermodel you’ve never heard of’ by The Guardian, has hit international headlines once again for blasting the ‘real women have curves’ movement as patronising and unhelpful.

“People use me as a figurehead, and to me that misses the point and is blatantly offensive to thin women – my sister, for one,” she told The Gaurdian.

“Curves don't epitomize a woman. Saying, 'Skinny is ugly' should be no more acceptable than saying fat is. I find all this stuff a very controlling and effective way of making women obsess over their weight, instead of exploiting their more important attributes, such as intellect, strength and power.

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“We could be getting angry about unequal pay and unequal opportunities, but we're too busy being told we're not thin enough or curvy enough. We're holding ourselves back."

Unequal pay is a topic Robyn is able to speak with some authority on – she recently discovered that she is earning much less than the ‘straight sized’ girl on the same job.

"There's a sense of, 'Oh, she won't expect as much money.' I am not accepting that."

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The size 14 model, who will be back in the country next week to launch her own range of swimwear for sizes 12 – 22, first hit headlines in 2011 when she became the first plus size model to appear on the cover of Vogue, along with with Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine.

"No one there had ever worked with anyone even close to our size before. No one knew what to do with us," she said, adding that the the $30,000 Dior and Gucci dresses they wore "had to be cut up on the day because none of them fitted us".

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"I feel terrible for the size 22s, 24s, who never see a woman in the public eye who represents their size, or modeling the clothes they're being asked to buy,” says the 24 year old who also has her own food blog “I hate it, but I have to remind myself that this is a start. I'm helping in a small way to move things on."

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But Robyn insists her problem isn’t just with skinny – it’s with the lack of diversity.

"Look at fashion shows. We need a range of ages and ethnicities. There are just very thin, white, 16-year-old girls on the catwalk and that has to change."

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"I've seen the magazines, the TV shows, the celebrity articles, the same as everyone else. I'm not immune just because I'm a model. And I know they have a devastating effect on young girls. Don't use the words fat, skinny or diet. Tell your daughter constantly that you love her body the way it is."

What do you think? Are the labels 'plus size' or skinny dis-empowering women? Let us know by joining the conversation on Y!7 Lifestyle Facebook page.

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  1. saturncancer05:17pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yummy - I'll take one of her instead of two of those size 10 or lower starving-skeleton chicks, anyday.

  2. Lisa07:43am Tuesday 27th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If you are over size 12 you are overweight. Stop making excuses for your bad eating habits. Designers should not have to change what they've been doing for years just to appease a bunch of fatties. Back in the fifties and sixties you never heard of anything like this because most people did not pig out on takeaways. At school you might have had one or two fat people in the whole school. Now it's the norm. Learn to cook and eat your meals off a bread and butter plate. You will lose weight. Exercise will help but mostly you need to cut down the volume and the fat.

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  3. George05:13am Tuesday 27th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If you want to improve women's acceptance of the body size tell the department stores and other women's clothing stores to stock a greater range of dress sizes. If you go to any women's clothing outlet the dress/outfit sizes start at 6 and go to 10. Sometimes you might even find a 12. I say this as a husband of a woman who has a problem finding anything in the 16+ size category. If you can't find something in the size you want that doesn't make you feel good about your body size but rather makes you feel as if there is something wrong with you.

  4. cath12:27am Tuesday 27th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Im a plus sized lady and a lot of body image is about self acceptance. Sometimes you just have accept your body shape. I eat sensibly, I exercise moderately, and am happy. I simply will not spend my hard earned money on magazines that promotes unrealistic womens images and air brushed photo's. So accept yourself and if others criticize your then that's their problem not yours. As long as you eat healthy and get some moderate exercise.

  5. The The08:45pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I guess us 'fuller figured' gals can take comfort in our binging on food, knowing that we will NOT garner the sexual attention of they type of filthy men whose comments are on here, talking schmutt!! 'They' are probably sights for sore eyes themselves, and deflect their self hate and focus their wishful thinking on the kinds of girls they will never get!! Haahahha

  6. Martine B08:28pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What is it that she's saying? Slim women are a different species, or some kind of mutation; but not women?

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  7. Garrie06:16pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If you sit on the couch all day and for entertainment go to the local mall and slob out on fat food then come home to days of our drearys,repeat 10, Guess what ? cyou will never be a 10.

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  8. Garrie05:39pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    When are all women going to get over their Im too fat, too skiny thing,you are all what you are,hopefully good people, move on .

  9. Jenni05:37pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    So, basically, as long as you're beautiful it doesn't matter if you're not skinny or fat. Sorry about that ugly or average looking girls and women. And what a coincidence! This model, who makes money based on what she looks like, has sought media attention by making several newsworthy "Love the body you're in" comments, a week before she returns to Australia to launch her swimwear line.

  10. bEVERLEYANN05:35pm Monday 26th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Seriously, this comment page has so many sad comments that miss the point...there are more important things to focus on than weight, be healthy not weight focused and get on/ allow others to get on with the real art of living . Beauty should be a thing of the whole person...and human rights are much more important than judging someone on looks!


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