Applaud Model for Challenging Unhealthy Fashion Standards


Target: Robyn Lawley

Goal: Applaud model for bringing the unhealthy body standards of the fashion industry to the scrutiny of the public eye

With clothing sizes offered in stores shrinking, and with models being thoroughly retouched and covered in makeup, eating disorders are becoming more rampant and people’s body images are becoming distorted and unhealthy. As a model frustrated with the strict standards that labeled even her small frame as plus size, Robyn Lawley decided to start her own line of swimwear and decided to post an unretouched and makeup-free photo of herself as a challenge to the fashion industry.

In addition, Lawley and two other models have teamed up in order to recreate the shoot of three former Sports Illustrated models to promote a line of swimsuits that have the same styles in multiple sizes. Lawley even plans to publish a cookbook, conveying that models can be healthy eaters. Furthermore, Lawley released a picture of herself in athletic clothes, showing her fit rather than stick figure. Lawley has made a statement not only with her pictures, clothes, and cookbook, but also a literal statement that she will not change herself for standards set by the fashion industry.

Many stores have come under fire for having plus size sections with limited styles and sizes, so Lawley’s efforts at a line with larger sizes and styles that are of equal quality will not be in vain. Please thank Lawley for being a pioneer in revolutionizing the fashion industry and acknowledging its unhealthy and unrealistic standards.


Dear Robyn Lawley,

Today’s stores contain clothes that fail to fit and fail to capture the diversity in people’s sizes and personal styles. Sadly, eating disorders are steadily increasing each year with the fashion industry’s failure to change. Thank you so much for the thought and care you have put into creating a more accepting and accessible community in the fashion world. Your photos, book, and clothing line are all reminders to the public to stay true to themselves despite what the fashion industry may portray.

With clothing being a crucial way to express oneself and feel confident in oneself, your efforts to end the perception that models must be stick thin, and to design clothes with equal styles for all sizes, are inspiring. Please continue to change the strict lines of fashion to ones of acceptance and understanding.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Robyn Lawley via Marie Claire

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