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Ralph Lauren Hires First Plus-Size Model

Robyn Lawley has been chosen as the first plus-size model for fashion house Ralph Lauren.

By Kim Anne Sep 20, 2012 4:41PM

Lawley, a size 12, 6-foot-2-inch model who has experienced a great deal of success in the plus-size modeling industry, went on "Good Morning America" to speak about her new job as the first plus-size model for Ralph Lauren.

But the 23-year-old Australian model, who went through her own struggles with body image when she was younger, is no stranger to the difficulties in trying to make it in the modeling world before reaching success.

Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images 

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"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 told the show.

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And now, Lawley says there is great hope for her industry. "There are so many plus-size models in New York doing so well at the moment," she said on the show, "and it's only going to get better."

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Photo: Courtesy Ralph Lauren

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Who are they kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Size 12 is NOT a plus size!  shame on them

Sep 25, 2012 5:38AM
I have been overweight all my life - 35% genetics  35% poorly developed eating and exercise habits from childhood and 30% laziness on my part to stick to a plan.  Whatever the cause of my being overweight - it is still no excuse for Ralph Lauren or any other fashion designer to refer to someone who is a size 12 as a "plus size".   To me a plus size is someone who can't get clothes off of a rack at the store and the last time I checked, most stores still carried size 12 on a standard rack (usually up to size 16?)  So I would think that a plus size model should be size 16 or larger.  Ms Lawley might have difficulty finding clothes on a rack because of her height but that is another issue all together.  It is frustrating that the fashion industry has such a hard time finding a plus size model or even several of them who are truly plus size - that can show that a plus size woman can look flattering in their clothes - maybe if they can't make a plus size woman look flattering - they should go back to the "drawing board" and not blame it on the plus size (16) model.  I see many designs in fabrics and prints/colors for "normal sizes" that would look awesome on me, but they are either not available in my size or they are only available in black, oatmeal blah or in orange and blue polka dots the size of frisbees (which is always flattering on a plus size gal!)  It seems like designers are always trying to find a different way to dress plus size woman and sometimes they just need to use the same design, same fabric just a few more inches of the fabric please!
Sep 23, 2012 7:52PM

What a JOKE!!!



Robyn Lawley IS NOT A PLUS SIZE MODEL!!!!!!

Ralph Lauren is proudly telling the world that they have hired their FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL IS SO VERY INSULTING TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE PLUS SIZE!!!!!!

At size 12 and 6-foot-2 she is a MEDIUM SIZE WOMAN IN THE REAL WORLD!!!


I am PLUS SIZE and I wear a size 28 clothing . . . wish I could be a size 12 and be considered a PLUS SIZED MODEL!!!!

Sep 23, 2012 7:51PM

What a JOKE!!!



Robyn Lawley IS NOT A PLUS SIZE MODEL!!!!!!

Ralph Lauren is proudly telling the world that they have hired their FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL IS SO VERY INSULTING TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE PLUS SIZE!!!!!!

At size 12 and 6-foot-2 she is a MEDIUM SIZE WOMAN IN THE REAL WORLD!!!


I am PLUS SIZE and I wear a size 28 clothing . . . wish I could be a size 12 and be considered a PLUS SIZED MODEL!!!!

Sep 23, 2012 7:46AM
Jasmina206 - you are so correct! Except that I can squeeze my 39" fanny into a twelve - provided it is a relaxed fit, a Liz Claiborne, or a Perry Ellis who both "built " clothing for women with curves. Actually, I don't have to "squeeze" too much, because I can sit in all my my size 12 slacks without binding anywhere. You are soooo correct about fashion designers, too, so Kudos to ANY designer house that builds clothes for women with curves!
Sep 23, 2012 7:37AM
This is in response to that smartazz, cheezy404's comment to me - where cheezy states that I must "be fat," and tells me to "keep eating twinkies."
cheezy404 - you must be stupid. If you bothered reading some of my other posts, you would have seen that I am not "fat," nor do I care for "twinkies." I am over 5' 5", and have a Mae West type figure - 38 - 25 - 39 - an hourglass. My BMI is 22 - no fat there. Size twelve fits me just fine - except the waist, which must be taken IN. I am pushing 60, a cancer survivor, and have a clean bill of health. I look damn good, and have no trouble in the "attracting men" dept. I am perfectly happy with my married status. When I was younger, my dress size was a 3 - 5. I was still "hippy" - and that is genetic, not fat. I doubt I will get into a 3 - 5, nor do I want to be that small at my age. I am not a "waif." I have the problem opposite to Angel Glace, below. Because I am NOT a size 0-2, a few people think I am large, and maybe have health problems - like my EX dr, whose wife WAS a size 0. He was shocked to see that I have low/normal BP and blood sugar. What is WRONG with some in our society that think it is OK to pick on a woman who is a size 0-2, or one who is a size 12. If we are healthy - as Angel Glace and I are - that is ALL that should matter. Angel's size 0-2 is slender, and my 12 is a brick house. Size-ism is discrimination. Why is it OK for a man to be pot-bellied, wrinkled, and bald, but not OK for a women to be a size 12, have a few wrinkles, and a gray hair, or two? Size 12 is NOT "plus sized," no matter how you slice it - and, as I posted, below - Marilyn Monroe was a size 12.

Sep 21, 2012 2:05PM
And by the way, imagine those measurements on a 6'2" woman! She'd look downright skinny!!
Sep 21, 2012 1:44PM
Since the first size that goes missing on the rack is 12, logic says that's because most of us are a 12. That's not a plus size. That's not even a women's size. It's a miss's size, and it's clearly average. So Ralph Lauren is saying that the average American woman is a plus size! Here's the measurements that go with that size, according to several prominent sewing pattern makers: Bust 34", Waist 26 1/2", Hips36". Sound like "plus"? 

It's sad that this girl grew up thinking that her perfectly normal size was "too big". The problem isn't ours ladies, it's the fashion designers'!
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