Robyn Lawley is the First Plus-Size Model In Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue [PHOTOS]
Robin Lawley is the First Plus-Size Model to Appear in Sports Illustrated
Big news fromSports Illustrated: Size 10 modelRobyn Lawleywas just named as one of the magazine’s 2015’s Rookies, making her the first “plus” model to officially appear in its annual Swimsuit edition. Lawley, who’s Australian, appears in an itty-bitty orange and python bikini in the magazine, which hits stands February 9.
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Photo: Ben Watts/Sports Illustrated on sale February 9th.
The news comes just a day after the Internet collectively freaked out over the announcement thatAshley Grahamwould be the first plus model to appear in the Swimsuit editition pages—but only in an ad for plus-size swim brand Swimsuitsforall. Still, Grahamisappearing in an advertisement, and given that magazines aren’t exactly in the habit of turning away revenue, the editorial decision bySIto feature a plus-size woman in its pages is amuchbigger deal.
We can’t say we’re surprised by the magazine’s decision to feature a plus-size model in its pages, either. The growing call for magazines and fashion brands to be more body inclusive of women has led to recent milestones likes plus-size modelCandice Huffinescoring a coveted spot in the Pirelli calendar this year, so it makes sense forSIto follow suit.
While we certainly want to offer kudos toSports Illustratedfor thinking outside of the size 0 box by casting Lawley, it’s important to note that she’s a size 10, and thus still much smaller than the average American woman, who wears a size 14.
Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Video: Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Strips Down For GQ Australia
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