Australian model Robyn Lawley definitely doesn’t have any qualms about being referred to as a plus-sized model. In fact, she’s taken to the opportunity with both hands; moving from Sydney to New York, nabbing herself several contracts, editorial features and runway shows along the way – and now appears on the latest cover of ELLE France.
Chosen by ELLE France for their Ronde et Fashion ‘curvy edition,’ Lawley features in a 10-page spread titled ‘Fashion voluptueuse.’ Shot by Lee Broomfield, she models clothing by Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, Jil Sander, Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten.
Lawley, who began modelling as early as 14 for Dolly magazine, found a niche in plus-sized modelling after being recognised by Chelsea Bonner, director of Bella model management. By 2009 she became the youngest and highest-paid plus model to be signed to a fashion label in Australia (thanks to a contract with Autograph clothing). She has since signed with WCurve (UK model management) and even scored herself a three-year contract with New York agency Wilhelmina’s, before she’d even met with the agency.
The 21-year-old now reigns as probably one of the most recognised and sought after plus-size models, and her down-to-earth attitude has made her an advocate for redefining beauty and body image.
When it’s all said and done, an Australian model is on the cover of ELLE France – a remarkable feat for a model of any size – so major kudos to Robyn.