She's one of fashion's hottest new faces.
Australian model, Robyn Lawley turns heads! Not for her beauty, but for her 6 foot 2 inch height and curvy size 12 shape. Aged just 23, she has embraced her figure, and mainstream fashion magazines are taking notice.
She has Graced the covers of French Elle and Vogue Italia, and has recently became the first plus-sized model ever to spearhead a campaign for high-end fashion designer Ralph Lauren. 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. 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 discouraged, she took a break and moved 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.
"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.