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Vogue Australia Features Wilhelmina Model Robyn Lawley

She is the first plus-size model to be on the cover of the magazine in its 52-year history.

SOMEONE LIKE YOU: American Vogue’s March cover girl Adele makes no apologies for her size, having said she represents the majority of women. And even though full-figured model Tara Lynn was on the cover of last month’s French Elle, plus-size models still need more designers to punch their time cards, said Wilhelmina model Robyn Lawley.

Having become the first plus-size model in the 52-year history of Vogue Australia to grace its cover last fall, Lawley said, “Designers are our last frontier in terms of conquering the fashion industry. There is still unfortunately a stigma that thin is in. But with more amazing plus-size models emerging or switching from straight sizes I hope that they will start to see that beauty has no size and that using models of a variety of sizes will not affect sales — if anything it will improve them.”

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Even Lawley, a New York-based Wilhelmina model, has been a bit tripped up by what some say to her. “Since there is an assumption that a lot of models ‘starve themselves’ to stay thin, I always find it both funny and shocking when people ask me if I ‘overeat’ or am ‘fed better’ on photo shoots to help me stay a ‘larger size,’” she said. “While I may be a total foodie and enjoy cooking, I simply eat when I’m hungry and finish just before I’m full — so basically I eat normally, whether [I am] on or off a set.”

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