Australian stunner Robyn Lawley is not just one of our favorite plus-size models — she’s one of our favorite models. We’ve been following her career closely over the past couple of years, watching her break free from the plus-size arena and eventually book the same jobs coveted by the likes of Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls. And yet, because she’s not the status quo stick figure that frequents the pages of Vogue and Victoria’s Secret catalogs, she faces cruel criticism — most frequently, from the darkest depths of the internet.
Today, Lawley has penned an article for The Daily Beast, in which she addresses the rampant “thigh gap” trend and its callous backers. Her decision to do so was propelled in large part by an incident last year where an image of her appeared on a pro “thigh gap” Facebook page. The photo (pictured left) features Lawley un-retouched in lingerie with a gap in between her thighs. Because fans of the page believed her “thigh gap” was not big enough, the post was met with what she described as “degrading and humiliating” comments. She tried to keep her silence, but after 900 or so comments, she decided to respond.
“You sit behind a computer screen objectifying my body, judging it and insulting it, without even knowing it,” she wrote, after thanking those who defended her.
In one of her final statements, Lawley raises further dialogue, admitting she’s going for just the opposite of a thigh gap. She explains:
I want my thighs to be bigger and stronger. I want to run faster and swim longer. I suppose we all just want different things, but women have enough pressure as it is without the added burden of achieving a “thigh gap.” The last thing I would want for my future daughter would be to starve herself because she thought a “thigh gap” was necessary to be deemed attractive.
If that doesn’t put things in perspective, we don’t know what will.
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