She is defying the odds with this unheard of move in an industry that glorifies being thin.
“Robyn is absolutely paving the way for fuller figured women to land these larger campaigns,” People magazine’s senior writer Jen Garcia said.
The 6’2, 23 year-old beauty appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about how she’s achieved modeling success by staying true to herself.
Still, Lawley wouldn’t reveal her weight when interviewer Elizabeth Vargas dared to inquire.
“I’m a size 12,” she answered politely. “And I don’t think weight really has much to do with anything.”
She began modeling at age 16, but struggled to keep up with the industry’s skinny standards.
“I did unfortunately. I got a huge amount of pressure to diet. And my body, it was such a battle for me to do that because I’m such a big bone, and I’m tall and I’m broad. I really struggled to maintain that size,” Lawley said on “Good Morning America” this morning.
Feeling a bit discouraged, she decided to take a break to move to France.
“I gave up trying to be a model. And then I moved to France and fell in love with food all over again, and came back much bigger than I was. And I saw plus- size models doing well. And I decided that I wanted that, I wanted to be in magazines,” Lawley said.
She persevered and landed her first contract as a plus-size model for the legendary Wilhelmina Modeling Agency at age 19.
“She’s happy in her own skin, and that’s something a lot of girls can look up to. And I think she’s setting a great example for the fashion industry as a whole,” Garcia said.
Lawley kept a positive attitude when asked if she thought more plus-size models would be emerging in the fashion industry.
“I hope so. I hope, I’m sure we will see. You know there’s so many plus-size models in New York doing so well in the moment, and it’s only going to get better,” said Lawley.
TUNE IN: Diabetes Roundtable Goes PINK! Mr. Divabetic salutes Breast Cancer Survivors living with diabetes. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2012/10/09/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-nicki-minaj
See Mr. Divabetic’s nutrition game, Serve, Taste or Trash! You must decide which one you’d serve, which one you’d taste and which one you’d trash.
Before you decide to “trash” a veggie for good, why not try to eat it raw? Raw veggies can be more appetizing than their cooked counterparts to people who aren’t crazy about vegetables. The flavors of raw veggies can be milder than those of cooked ones.
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Meet Mr. Divabetic on his quest to glamorize good health at Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes outreach event in Philadelphia, PA, the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo in Pittsburgh, PA and the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes Conferences & Health Fairs in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX.
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic plays his nutrition game, Serve, Taste or Trash! with the vendors and patrons at Central Farm Market in Bethesda, MD. You might be surprised by the results.http://youtu.be/OgeIVhmiEAo
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