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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.

Related: Adele Working With Burberry on a Plus-Size Line

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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Sep 20, 2012 11:16PM
What I would give to be a size 12 again.  I am 57, 5' 8" tall, and had always considered myself, and so did others, slim when I was a size 12 and weighed 150 lbs..  Even at a size 14 I wasn't fat, nor overweight for height.  About 15 yrs. ago, I actually got down to 140, and a size 10.  My kids, and some friends, thought I was getting too skinny.  Models are way too thin, and do not represent the general public.  It's high time these designers start realizing that fact.
Sep 20, 2012 11:16PM
I, too thought the idea of a size 12 being plus -size as laughable.  For american women it's one of the most common sizes.  Then I skimmed the article again.........what I think she's saying is that in the "world of modeling" 12 is considered a plus size.  That is certainly true when most models are a size zero and look like walking sticks.
Sep 20, 2012 11:14PM
First of all, size 12 is the average woman in America and comes in all shapes, heights, sizes, etc.  In other words, size 12 is NOT plus size.  Secondly, at 6' 2", size 12 on this young lady is relative to a size 7 on a 5' 3" woman ( and no, I am not describing myself).  So, while I am happy that this beautiful young lady has been offered the opportunity to model at a body size that is comfortable for her (instead of starving herself to size 0-2 at her height), she should in NO WAY be considered plus size. 
Sep 20, 2012 11:12PM
Anything over a six is questionable. I work hard to maintain my size two. !0 and up is disgusting.
Sep 20, 2012 11:12PM

I was expecting to see some fat chick!  She's just a normally proportioned woman who happens to be tall.  Just glad she's not a stick figure - has anyone ever thought that was a good look for women/models? 


The fashion industry has always messed with girl's/women's minds - don't believe the pictures or what they write.  You don't have to be what they show you in magazines, just be healthy in your choices in life!

Sep 20, 2012 11:10PM

Size 12 isn't really a plus size.. try for a size 24 and 5'7" that's more of the average.

 I am neither of these. I'm taller and a much larger size in case anyone questions my opinion.

Full figured is one I'm trying to figure out. and one size fits all  ???? 

I do appreciate Ralph Lauren for at least attempting to make us plus size women fashionable.

as for impressionable children, all they have to do is look around at the moms of other kids, or families, neighbors.



Sep 20, 2012 11:09PM

Oh Thank-you you Ralphie Boy I'm sure the size 12's  are just bathing your feet for allowing them to wear your clothes , And it gives your daughter a better class of dresser to go grazing in her Candy Store. Come on haven't you noticed the NEW  average size is an 18.Get real or stick to bedding.

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