Model Robyn Lawley calls for runways to be more size-inclusive

Model Robyn Lawley says the fashion industry needs to move past having a ‘token curvy girl’ on the catwalk and be more size-inclusive: ‘Runways are in the Dark Ages’

Model Robyn Lawley is set to make history on Thursday when she headlines the inaugural plus-size runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week.

And the 32-year-old told 9Honey on Saturday that while she’s ‘honoured’, Australia still has a way to go in catching up with the rest of the world in being size-inclusive.  

‘I want everyone in every show. I think runways are in the Dark Ages, they haven’t caught up,’ Robyn said from her home in New York.

‘Runways are in the Dark Ages’: Model Robyn Lawley, 32, told 9Honey on Saturday that the fashion industry still has a way to go in being more size-inclusive. Pictured in Miami in 2016

‘For some reason, everyone’s still a size six on the runway, and they’ll include the token curvy girl, and everyone’s like, “Yay!” But that’s it,’ she continued.

Robyn stressed the importance of featuring ‘all sizes’ on the runway, as well as in stores. 

‘I’m just saying include more diversity and I don’t see why that’s a problem. I’m not wanting to take work away from those girls, I’m just saying, what’s the harm in including a little more sizes?’ she said.

Robyn will headline The Curve Edit show this Thursday for AAFW, and the show will feature designers who cater for sizes ranging from 12 to 26. 

Need for change: 'For some reason, everyone's still a size six on the runway, and they'll include the token curvy girl, and everyone's like, "Yay!" But that's it,' Robyn told the publication

Need for change: ‘For some reason, everyone’s still a size six on the runway, and they’ll include the token curvy girl, and everyone’s like, “Yay!” But that’s it,’ Robyn told the publication 

Important message: Robyn stressed the importance of featuring 'all sizes' on the runway, as well as in stores. 'I'm not wanting to take work away from those girls, I'm just saying, what's the harm in including a little more sizes?' she said

Important message: Robyn stressed the importance of featuring ‘all sizes’ on the runway, as well as in stores. ‘I’m not wanting to take work away from those girls, I’m just saying, what’s the harm in including a little more sizes?’ she said 

Among the fashion labels set to showcase their plus-size designs are 17 Sundays, Saint Somebody, Embody Women, Vagary the Label, Hawlow and Zaliea. 

In a post on Instagram last month, Robyn said she was ‘so excited’ to be headlining the inclusive runway as she addressed its significance.  

‘I’ve always viewed the necessary need for diversity on runways! As a teenage girl I starved myself for years to walk down a stupid ideal of someone else’s!’ she wrote.

‘I should of just accepted health over their desires. But they should of also made clothes larger than size six or zero. Glad to see change happening.’ 

Groundbreaking: Robyn will headline The Curve Edit show this Thursday for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, and the show will feature designers who cater for sizes ranging from 12 to 26. Pictured at Fashion Week in Sydney in May 2019

Groundbreaking: Robyn will headline The Curve Edit show this Thursday for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, and the show will feature designers who cater for sizes ranging from 12 to 26. Pictured at Fashion Week in Sydney in May 2019

The show is being presented by modelling agency Bella Management, with founder Chelsea Bonner explaining this year’s runway hopes to ‘encourage the future of extended sizing in fashion’.

‘We want to ensure that models, whose sizing is reflective of over 80 per cent of Australian women, have the opportunity to walk the runway and show that women of every size deserve to be considered and embraced as a forceful and financial demographic in mainstream fashion,’ Ms Bonner said in a statement.

‘Our hope is that by doing so it will encourage the future of extended sizing in fashion and celebrate the designers who have embraced our mission.’

Excited: In a post on Instagram last month, Robyn said she was 'so excited' to be headlining the inclusive runway as she addressed its significance. 'As a teenage girl I starved myself for years to walk down a stupid ideal of someone else's!' she wrote

Excited: In a post on Instagram last month, Robyn said she was ‘so excited’ to be headlining the inclusive runway as she addressed its significance. ‘As a teenage girl I starved myself for years to walk down a stupid ideal of someone else’s!’ she wrote

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