• Mon, Nov 18 - 9:30 am ET

Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley’s New Lingerie Ads Are The Sexiest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Robyn Lawley Lingerie Chantelle

Robyn Lawley is one of our very favorite models over here at The Gloss. Not only is the plus-size model unspeakably beautiful, she’s also well spoken about body image and beauty standards in the industry, and extremely poised in the face of countless dumb questions about her weight.

Since we first noticed her on Italian Vogue’s famous “plus-size model” cover, Lawley has been quickly turning into the most famous plus-size model in the world. She’s modeled lingerie and bathing suits, won the panting admiration of GQ, and was even the first “plus-size model” to be the face of Ralph Lauren. Last night she posted a sexy, sexy picture of her advertising lingerie for Chantelle, and it’s more than gorgeous.

What’s particularly striking about Lawley’s Chantelle campaign is that it’s not specifically a plus-size lingerie collection. It’s just their regular, normal collection of lingerie. Normally companies would hire a “plus size” model to wear only the plus-size lines and get typically thin “straight-size” models for everything else.

Basically, Lawley is so famous and beautiful that she is getting work outside the “plus size” segment, which we hope is a trend that takes off.

Plus-size models are often locked into the plus-size clothing segment and excluded from jobs where body size genuinely doesn’t matter, like accessories, cosmetics, haircare, shoes, etc. Those campaigns are almost exclusively the purview of size 0 straight-size models for no apparent reason other than the industry’s overall conviction that size 0=beauty.

It’s extremely silly, because I’d buy mousse if someone told me that was how Robyn Lawley got her hair to look like that. The same goes for lipstick or foundation, because that woman has some unbelievably gorgeous skin.

The more work Lawley gets, the more we hope she reminds everyone that “plus size” is an arbitrary distinction. “Plus size” is often treated as a value judgment, when really it just references the point at which a bunch of designers and retailers randomly decided to stop making clothes. If all those retailers decided to stop sewing above a zero—which would not surprise us at this point—a size 2 would be plus-size. If everyone started making clothes in a range of sizes that fit nearly everybody and using gorgeous models in a range of sizes to advertise things like suitcases and lipstick, the term would fade into meaninglessness.

We would very much like that to happen soon.

Via The Huffington Post/Photo: Facebook/Robyn Lawley Plus-Size Model

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  • Tania

    It’s absolutely ridiculous that she is considered plus-size. My size 22 friend is plus size. This woman is hot, but still well within society’s “acceptable naked” body type.

  • tango

    I think in the world of modeling, a size 10-12 is considered plus size.

    • murderxbelle

      Someone as small as a size 6-8 can be considered “plus size” in the modeling industry. Sad, but true.