Model Robyn Lawley Wants To Outlaw The Term “Plus Size”


If you are a size 12 woman, would you call yourself plus size? If the average size of American women, and most likely globally, is between 12-16, then shouldn’t that be considered normal, and anything below that “minus size”? Of course, this is not a new debate, but it’s one that sadly rages on because of the ridiculous standards that exist in fashion.

And it is not just somewhere out there in the ether of the fashion world, because it filters down to all the clothing stores we shop at, and therefore we have to be defined by what someone else thinks of a certain size and number. It’s all bogus to us. Women are always going to be diverse in body shape, there shouldn’t be one dominant category. Each should be equally represented by different types of models.

One model who is considered “plus size” is Robyn Lawley, but she hates the term. She spoke to UK’s Clique Magazine about her journey to body acceptance, saying although her and both her sisters all have different body types, it took her a while to finally wake up to the fact that she didn’t have to change herself for any reason.

“I used to think you had to be skinny to be beautiful, and I thought I would never be beautiful at this size.” she says, which is sadly what a lot of women still think.

The Aussie sensation, who was famously chosen as the first plus-size model to front Ralph Lauren, says there is something very important which needs to be told to girls who are fighting the same battle.

“It’s about health, not forcing my body to be something it’s not meant to be.”

Robyn has spoken openly about the stupid trend of fat-shaming and skinny-shaming, urging humanity to seriously get over the fact that we all have different bodies and just accept out differences. She has also written a pretty damning essay on the “thigh-gap” trend which is teaching girls to lose weight for unhealthy, unrealistic means. This trend teaches girls that they can only be considered beautiful if they have this gap.


It seems the same connotations often apply with the term plus size. The idea is that plus size is some niche category, which couldn’t be further from the truth, which is why she hates it. But Robyn says she has people commenting to her all the time about how ridiculous that she is even classed as a plus size model, when she is still fairly small.

“I don’t think anyone should be called plus-size,’ she adds. ‘I think it’s derogatory to anyone – it’s a label. I’m a model; I don’t think I need ‘plus-size’ in front of it.”

We hope her words will reach more and more people. Robyn is never one to shy away from speaking her mind, and we are glad. Hopefully one day the fashion industry will evolve into something that is not dominated by numbers, but by acceptance and diversity. We hope it will one day be the leader for girl’s reaching optimum self esteem in their pre-teens.

For now we don’t mind settling for inspiring role models like Robyn and many others who will continue to use their platform to encourage other girls that they are not alone. We should not be defined by a term, or a number, or a trend. Instead we should be celebrated for individuality. That’s the world we want to leave for the next generation.


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