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Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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Plus-Size Model Wins Praise for Posting Unretouched Bikini Photo

Photo: Robyn Lawley/InstagramPhoto: Robyn Lawley/InstagramAustralian model Robyn Lawley is no stranger to body talk. The 25-year-old chose health over mainstream success when she switched from straight-size to plus-size modeling. Since doing so, she has covered magazines including Vogue Italia, Elle France, and Cosmopolitan Australia and become the face of Mango's new plus-size line, Violeta.

Unhappy with the offerings in the plus-size swimwear department, she launched her own collection, Robyn Lawley Swimwear, full of sexy suits beginning at size 10. To promote the line's latest offerings, Lawley posted a picture of herself modeling one of the bikinis on Instagram. The candid photo of Lawley in a pink two-piece was tagged #retouchandmakeupfree and has gotten more than 1,400 likes.

She looks gorgeous  and thin  in the pic, causing many to wonder why someone with a body like Lawley's would be considered "plus size" to begin with. "If this is plus sized then I hardly know any skinny people," one woman wrote in the comments on Lawley's Instagram. Another added "Plus size your a**, fashion industry!" 

And the comments echoed throughout social media. "This is a plus size model? No wonder eating disorders are on the rise," wrote one woman on Twitter. "Her body be bangin'!" commented another, sharing a different bikini pic of the model.

Lawley, a longtime body-image activist, has never been shy about talking about weight and health. Earlier this year, she and three other plus-size models created their own take on Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue cover. The shoot was sponsored by the U.S.-based plus-size brand Swimsuits For All and was designed to challenge the notion of what a “swimsuit body” is supposed to look like. "I feel sexy in a swimsuit when it's fitting me correctly and it's beautiful to look at," Lawley said in a promotional video for the campaign. 

For Lawley, whose body is her living, every single photo becomes a point of scrutiny. In June, the model posted another Instagram pic – this time of herself in workout pants and a hoodie – with commenters immediately claiming that she had lost weight and was getting too thin. Lawley addressed the comments on her Facebook page, saying, “I don't ever starve myself or diet...I try to eat as healthy as I can day to day and always have.” She also said that she stays in shape by doing yoga and kickboxing. 

And what does Lawley do when she’s not busy being a body-image hero and supermodel? Updating her food blog, Robyn Lawley Eats, and working on the cookbook she’s due to publish next year. Models eating? In Lawley's world, it's no big deal.

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cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM
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She looks like a healthy women to me, not plus size. I think it's amazing that she will post pictures of herself in a bikini even thoug she's not a size 0 because most women aren't that small. I just don't see her as plus size.

143myboys9496
by Suzzanne on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.


Kmakksmom
by Stefanie on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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I agree with ^^^

She's not plus sized to me.
cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM
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That's a plus size model. She's really pretty

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.

mysticalmalissa
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 5:43 AM

Plus size starts at size 12 now??? 

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.


143myboys9496
by Suzzanne on Jul. 24, 2014 at 5:49 AM
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I thought so. Since plus sizes start at 12W. And junior and misses clothes are based on a size 4 or 6..I can't remember.

What I can't stand is a plus size catalog with size 8 models wearing the clothes. You can't tell from that how it'll fall. It's gotta be modeled by a plus size model.

Quoting mysticalmalissa:

Plus size starts at size 12 now??? 

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.


cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM
Yes. Hard to believe right. It used to start at 16

Quoting mysticalmalissa:

Plus size starts at size 12 now??? 

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.

cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM
I agree. I hate doing online shopping fit that reason

Quoting 143myboys9496:

I thought so. Since plus sizes start at 12W. And junior and misses clothes are based on a size 4 or 6..I can't remember.

What I can't stand is a plus size catalog with size 8 models wearing the clothes. You can't tell from that how it'll fall. It's gotta be modeled by a plus size model.

Quoting mysticalmalissa:

Plus size starts at size 12 now??? 

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.

LeapBaby123
by Kathleen on Jul. 24, 2014 at 8:18 AM
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Ugh, she is so not plus sized.
LeapBaby123
by Kathleen on Jul. 24, 2014 at 8:19 AM
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Now that's more like plus sized. She's pretty :)

Quoting 143myboys9496:

She does look healthy. But not plus size. Plus size models are considered size 12 and up. She's not a 12. Steven Tyler's daughter, Elle, is a plus size model.

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