Australian Supermodel Robyn Lawley teaches self-love to Archer community

Shelby Mumford February 12, 2016 1
Australian Supermodel Robyn Lawley teaches self-love to Archer community
The Diversity Committee poses with supermodel Robyn Lawley after her Love Yourself Day themed talk at lunch. Photographer: Juliet Youssef '19.

According to Australian supermodel Robyn Lawley “wanting change, seeing change and demanding change” are the keys to changing the way we see ourselves.

Lawley visited Archer to address body image for Love Yourself Day hosted by the Diversity Club and the Girls Educating Girls Club on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The supermodel stands six feet and two inches tall, and since her teenage years, she was told she should model. When she took the opportunity, she had to diet intensely to get to the “right modeling size,” she said.

“It took a long time to embrace my natural looks for what they are,” she said.

Lawley showed the audience how the body of a fellow model was photoshopped for a swimsuit shoot. Photographer: Cybele Zhang '18.

Lawley showed the audience how the body of a fellow model was photoshopped for a swimsuit shoot. Photographer: Cybele Zhang ’18.

Eighty-five percent of dieting consumers are women, and 20 billion dollars are being made off of those diets each year.

“The food that we eat is designed to make us obese whether we like it or not,” Lawley said.

Rather than dieting, Lawley suggested finding different outlets to express creativity such as painting or directing and focusing on things that are important like gender inequality and climate change.

“I found something I love and do that everyday,” Lawley said in regards to finding her outlet through kickboxing.

Lawley — who has also written a cookbook — maintains her own garden in her backyard and eats foods rich in nutrients to prevent starving her body.

The supermodel brought up topics that she believes should be changed in our society including the lack of female representation in certain fields. She notes that she has only encountered eight female photographers during her career thus far.

In the midst of the recent thigh gap craze, Lawley published article about the criticism she had received and was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres.

“If you’re not happy with something, say something,” Lawley said.

In early 2015, Lawley gave birth to her daughter. The process forced her to fall in love with her body again.

Since the beginning of her career, Lawley has been considered a “plus-sized model,” a term which she is not a fan of. She expressed her concern for the young girls who would think, “If she’s plus-sized, what does that make me?”

Since then, Lawley has been working to completely eliminate the “plus-sized” category. The fashion industry considers size eight and above to be “plus-sized”.

Lawley also spoke about Barbie’s newest figures.

“They get manipulated and changed to this really selective ideal that no one can replicate,” Lawley said.

After the release of newer, more inclusive Barbie dolls, Lawley believes society is getting back on track.

Her last tip to the Archer community was that we have the power and the tools to make a change. If we do not like or agree with something in a magazine, express your concerns.

“Don’t do it for them, do it for yourself,” Lawley said.

One Comment »

  1. Beth Gold February 15, 2016 at 9:17 PM -

    Great recap Shelby! I’m glad you are spreading Robyn’s message to the rest of the community who were not fortunate enough to hear her speak. Her encouraging words to girls struggling with body image resonated with so many students.