Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Robyn Lawley recalls seeing her photos while she ‘really pregnant’

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Robyn Lawley is proud to be making waves for women everywhere.


Robyn Lawley is looking to dive into the next chapter of her life.

The 29-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model recently announced she was joining Muse Management after 10 years at Wilhelmina.


The Australian stunner, who is the first plus-size model for a Rookie for SI, and has appeared in four editions of the magazine, is eager to raise awareness on body positivity.

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to!! Grand Tetons behind me, they had just reopened the park (I will never forget you @mj_day call look at the Tetons lol the first picture ) This was shot almost 4 years ago and was released in 2015 days before my daughter was born. I have had the pleasure of traveling all over the world with SI, this is certainly a beautiful place. Again, thank you @si_swimsuit for changing the game so much and with such diversity. ????✌️❤

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Lawley spoke to Fox News about appearing in the SI, why they prefer not to be labeled plus-size and why she admires Kate Upton.

Fox News: You were the first plus-size model in Sports Illustrated.
Robyn Lawley: Yes. I mean, it’s easy to forget how it was such a different world back then. Things that do not seem to change [in the fashion world], and there was only one body frame that everyone seemed to be obsessed.

[Casting agents] would not even look at you. They had really strict guidelines… So the fact that more women are being embraced for beauty and fashion campaigns is great for me. It simply was not done, which I thought was ridiculous, because there are so many different types of settings to start with. But I definitely have more diversity and it’s really, really refreshing.

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Fox News: What went through your head when you saw your photos in the magazine for the first time?
Lawley: I was actually really pregnant at the time (laughs). I was ready to go into labor, but it was just such an exciting time. I kept saying to myself, ‘This is what I look like?” Because if you are actually doing and comparing yourself with other girls, you can really pull yourself together. But if you look back on it, it is as it is, why was I even scared?

Fox News: Was there ever a moment after you give birth where you wondered what you body would look like?
Lawley: Oh, 100 percent! My body is my work. I was very nervous about how [the industry] was going to respond to my body and how much it would change after having a baby. And that’s what happened. It has changed drastically. I realized that I could hide for the rest of the world or just embrace it, because this happens to everyone.

And that is what I did. There is no point in holding yourself back or not wear a bikini, because you’re afraid to be seen on the beach. No-one is watching and no one cares that much. Even if they did, that is their problem. Just have fun. You only have a short life. Don’t waste it on thinking that people are going to look at you in the corner. I think we waste too much time to think.

It’s Friday peeps and @si_swimsuit have released a previously unseen pictures from their annual #siswim2017 shot by the gracious @ruvenafanador make sure that you download the app xx

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Fox News: The term plus-size. Does that ever get tiring for you?
Lawley: I’m worried because I don’t want that girls compare themselves to me. I don’t think labels are really necessary. Petite and the high I get, because that is useful for measuring purposes. But I don’t think someone should be recognised for their size alone. For example, I am a 10-12 in the US, But I’m also 6’2″… There is a side to me that just don’t care what someone calls me.

I’ve only really when they would not allow models of different size, go to the regular castings, I also think the same about ethnic groups and ages. I don’t think that ‘plus’ is actually a negative word, in the same way that I use ‘high’ to find pants that fit, or someone uses ‘petite’.

It is descriptive, that is why I am careful with comparisons, and mainstream brands use is made of one body type. Everyone left. However, the fashion world has come a long way in the span of my career, it is an exciting time to finally witness the diversity happens. I hope that it continues.

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Fox News: do you think the fashion world has changed since you talked about the need for designers to create different sizes for all body types?
Lawley: Yes, I think that the fashion world is changing. Because really, it works. Brands need to embrace their customers… People want to know they can shop for their body frame. Otherwise, it makes you feel like crap. And I’d rather have a good feeling.

Fox News: How do you find the balance between having a high-profile career while being a mother?
Lawley: Very half-ass sometimes *laughs*. It is certainly a challenge. I have no family in New York. That is one thing that I wish I had, my family. They are in Australia. But I have a very supportive partner and he is really great. We work together in the education of our daughter equally. We are always trying to help each other.

Fox News: You will be credited Kate Upton for helping to break the industry barrier when it comes to size.
Lawley: I went on a shoot with SI to learn about videography and I went to work with Kate, which was great. She is so much smaller than I… It is shocking how the industry got to the point where Kate Upton was labeled plus-size in any way. She is a beautiful girl and so beautiful. She is someone you can definitely look.

Just hanging out thinking about Hubert Reeves Quotes “Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he is worshipping.” Shot by my home girl @taylorbphoto for @si_swimsuit #IHOW

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Fox News: Tell us about the work that you did for SI In Her Own Words campaign.
Lawley: My friend and I had an idea for SI and we have been thinking about setting up on them. They liked it so we continued and eventually got the chance to shoot, Aly Raisman, Olivia Culpo – it turned to be such a huge project. It was so much fun, because it was all females. I think that in my entire career, I have worked with an all-female crew maybe one or two times.

Everyone was in favour of another. It is going to be a lot of trust, someone who will photograph you in the nude. And we wanted to show women’s bodies as they were, scars, stretch marks and all. You don’t see a lot of magazines catering. But SI was really on board with the idea.

It was a beautiful sunset in Tulum with the amazing team of @si_swimsuit #siswim #siswim2017

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Fox News: Can we expect to see similar campaigns in the future?
Lawley: I hope so… But I personally feel more companies going in this direction anyway because it works. And the people enjoy seeing real bodies. And social media has changed the game so much. Girls now have another platform where they can collaborate and support each other… We plan to see more.

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