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Major Fashion Magazine Finally Puts Plus-Size Model In Crop Top On Cover

co0314p000_mktgIs Cosmo finally making progress towards its professed goal of becoming a more feminist magazine? Their latest move at least earns them some points in the body diversity department! The March 2014 issue of Australian Cosmopolitan features Robyn Lawley on its gorgeous cover… in a crop top. You have our attention.

Robyn, who works as a plus-size model, received a boatload of accolades a few months ago when she published an essay on The Daily Beast all about the “thigh gap” trend and why she hates the masses of thinspiration posts that pollute the internet. We loved it too– although we had to call out the portions that dipped into thin shaming, of course– and we’re really impressed that a model who’s still trying to establish herself was so willing to talk about a controversial topic. Now Cosmo is providing her with another platform from which to spread positive messages about bodies that don’t match up with the media’s incredibly stubborn standards. They even dared to put a body-positive headline next to her– taking up valuable cover space that could have been full of “BLOW HIS MIND IN THE BATHTUB” and “S HIS D DAILY OR GO TO HELL.”

And not only does she look beautiful on the cover, but get a load of that visible skin! It’s pretty cool that they didn’t photoshop out the tiny roll of skin at her waist, all things considered. While it’s not exactly going above and beyond to just not mutilate models with airbrushing, it’s still newsworthy that they chose to make her look… human. Between Melissa McCarthy‘s body-obscuring winter coat to Mindy Kaling‘s infamously close-cropped cover, we were starting to suspect that major women’s mags were never going to get over their fear of average-sized bodies. (Now if only we could work on the racial diversity issue… and the whitewashing issue… and the endless litany of other issues….)

It sucks that we have to give a magazine a standing ovation for featuring someone over a size 2, but it’s still nice to know that somebody is making at least a small amount of effort. We love Robyn Lawley and we can’t wait to see more from her.

Via Fashionista

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  • Eileen

    Proportions still seem off, though – is it just me or does her head look weirdly small for her hair and body?

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Her head does look weirdly small. Gorgeous cover though.

    • NelJel

      I think we’re probably all just used to seeing girls on magazines whose waists are as wide as their head – I think Robyn looks normal…

    • Ugogirl

      It does. She has a smallish head on a large frame; some people just do. You can see it in all of her shots. I have an uncle who has a really large head on a smallish frame…the exact opposite of her. Everybody’s different! Anyway…she is quite beautiful regardless, & she makes a great model. :) And she is most certainly not fat; she’s just not skinny, & she is big-boned. Skinny isn’t attractive anyway! Trim & toned, great! Skinny, not so much. Yes she has a little extra meat on her bones, but she is certainly not fat! It is so absurd that she is called plus-size by the industry, & it is total bullsh!t that models are expected to be so scrawny. It’s not healthy for them, nor is it even attractive. Let them eat & be normal for god’s sake! They’ll be healthier & look better anyway. Good for Robyn for being mostly fit & happy with what she’s got & for not trying to fit our society’s silly standard of thinking that skinny = beautiful. I think she looks pretty great & I’m sure many many women would be thrilled to have her figure.

    • Ugogirl

      I feel bad now for having commented on someone else’s difference without commenting on my own, so here goes. I am thin with broad shoulders & broad hips to match, & a big round behind (which I love), yet I only have an “A” cup chest. It is quite out of proportion to the rest of my curvy frame. I do wish i had bigger boobs, but oh well! I’m thankful that ive got what ive got. I think a majority of people probably have something on them that is out of proportion to the rest of them, whether it be scrawny calves below bulging muscular thighs, a nose that’s large in proportion to their other facial features, or any of a myriad of other things. There is such an incredible diversity in body shapes, head shapes (& sizes!), bone structure of the face, etc. in people, & thank goodness, because…how boring would it be if everyone were the same?!

  • Lindsey Conklin

    I think the cover is awesome

  • Samantha Escobar

    I’m not sure how much they photoshopped, but regardless, I am happy they left in that small fold between her hip and stomach. So often, it seems like plus-size models are photoshopped so they have eerily smooth stomachs (just like standard sized models are edited, too), which sucks because we all freaking have that sometimes.

  • molly

    Too bad her face looks nothing like her actual face…

  • April Dawn Bell

    “S HIS D DAILY OR GO TO HELL” Had me rolling!

  • Marian Dreaver

    The Aussie Cosmopolitan does seem to be pretty good about this sort of thing (for the sort of magazine they are.) Last months had a photo shoot with a plus sized model, that again had the subtle Photoshopping that wasn’t a ‘plus sized photo shoot’ it was a swimwear shoot.

  • Fabell

    I like that they put “supermodel” above her name, without the “plus size” qualifier. It’s a small thing that helps, I think, with mainstreaming different body types?

  • Amanda Lee

    Uh this is plus size? What size does she wear? Like a 6 or an 8? I would love to look like that.

    • Eileen

      Probably a 10. That’s plus size for a model.