Swapping slender models with plus-sized ‘real’ women is definitely an effort to encourage a more positive attitude towards a healthy body image. It is a trend that is, thankfully, increasingly becoming popular today.
Few years before, if you wanted to be a model, you had to be super thin, in fact if you were anything over a size 0 you wouldn’t even be considered for modeling jobs. The fact that no normal female could even associate with that image was a thing which didn’t concern fashion publications.. But then 2008-2009 dawned upon international fashion and things changed… people started embracing real women, women with curves – women who had more life-like proportions; and women with whom other average women could relate to!
Rising trend of acknowledging and valuing more and more women with real-life bodies rather than the size-zero is something the fashion world can no longer choose to ignore. And it’s a happy us that is writing right now to say that it is something which even giants like Ralph Lauren couldn’t ignore.
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Well-known for photo shopping its models to unbelievable versions of thin, Ralph Lauren's move to book the 6'2", size 12 Australian model - Robyn Lawleyis another step in the right direction. The direction which leads the fashion industry on a healthier path, and towards better body image.
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The 23-year-old Australian model, who embraces her curvy, size 12 shape, is one of the hottest faces in the fashion industry. She has been on the world's most prestigious ad campaigns and magazine covers, including French Elle and Vogue Italia.And now she has become the first plus-sized model ever to star in a Ralph Lauren campaign.
"Robyn is absolutely paving the way for fuller figured women to land these larger campaigns," People magazine's senior writer Jen Garcia said.
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In an interview with “Good Morning America,’ Lawley said, ‘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.’
Check out her interview in the video below:
She began modeling at age 16, but had to work extremely hard to keep up with the industry's skinny standards.After 'skipping meals, counting calories,' and 'trying to eat nothing,' Miss Lawley says she dropped to 136lbs. 'I went crazy dieting. When I ate it was an apple. I used to get really faint.'
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Feeling a bit disheartened and dejected, she moved to France and decided to take a break from her modeling career. "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. Regardless of being pictured on magazine covers, captioning, 'The model who likes her food,' she told to People magazine, 'I've given up caring what people think.'
"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. She also has her own food-centered blog called Robyn Lawley Eats, where she shares pictures of mouthwatering meals that she makes and various food tips and recipes.
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'I tell tall girls, being tall and curvy is the double whammy! But confidence is really sexy. I love my shape. I love my body. I've come a long way.'
Lawley replied positively when questioned 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.
Check out - Hail the plus size women? Nah, not really- that throws light on the fact that how real-life women have been promoted in the international fashion industry.
So, do you think that people have accepted women with normal body shapes and it is finally the time for the real woman to emerge? If you think the world really is ready to turn over the super skeletal models for the shapely, curvy ones then do let us know with your comments.
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