Statuesque at 6”2, size 12 and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, some would think Aussie model Robyn Lawley “had it all.”
But not for some, with Lawley saying she is considered “plus size” and unworthy for runway work which requires models to be a US size zero (basically, at starvation point).
Now a mother to a three year-old daughter, 29-year old Lawley, who has featured in Vogue Italia and Cosmopolitan Australia, told the Sydney Morning Herald that she refuses to allow another generation of young women to believe in this unrealistic representation of a beauty ideal, and has launched a global petition for women to boycott Victoria’s Secret following the legendary lingerie label’s failure ever to cast even one curvy model in its annual show.
“Where’s the inclusivity? Where’s the diversity? The perfection is intense,” Lawley told the SMH. “I want actual cellulite on a catwalk, I want girls to be relatable. Women want to see diversity. I want to see women like me. Women are beautiful at different sizes, short or tall. We’re the ones who are buying the products so put your money where your mouth is.”
Posting the online petition on her Instagram last week, Lawley is encouraging others not to watch the lingerie company’s famous fashion show, set to screen on November 8 which attracts more than 500 million viewers from across 158 countries.
By drawing attention to Victoria’s Secret’s practices, Lawley hopes the brand will start using models who are more representative of women on a more diverse scale.
On her Instagram post, Lawley asks people to sign the petition, and to “share a photo of yourself on Instagram, as you are (not airbrushed and beautiful), use the hashtag #weareallangels to share what makes you uniquely beautiful, please tag me so I can see (@robynlawley) and @ThirdLove For every person who shares a post with #weareallangels hashtag, ThirdLove will donate one bra to @isupportthegirls (a national non-profit that collects and distributes bras to homeless women and girls around the country !!!)”
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