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Plus-size Model Robyn Lawley Doesn’t Have A Thigh Gap Either, And She’s Cool With It

Posted by on November 13, 2013

Robyn Lawley is really blowing up right now. Her own swimsuit line, a Ralph Lauren campaign, and a Vogue Italia cover are just some of the credentials that the 24-year-old now has on her resume.

The gorgeous, Australian plus-size model wrote an awesome October editorial, titled “Why The Dangerous ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend Makes Me Mad,” for the Daily Beast after a photo of her in a corset appeared in a Facebook group for proponents of thigh gaps. But, GASP! Lawley does not have a thigh gap (like most women), and so the trim US size 12 model was called “pig,” “hefty,” and “too fat,” among other more unpleasant comments by responders.

Robin Lawley

This is the picture of Lawley that appeared on the pro-thigh gap Facebook page. Credit: Robyn Lawley via the Daily Beast

For those of you who don’t know what a thigh gap is, Lawley explained it on NBC Today: “It’s basically when your upper middle thighs do not touch when you’re standing with your legs together.”

Thigh gaps tend to correspond with the online movement of “thinspiration,” of “thinspo,” in which women (and some men) who are trying to lose weight tend to post photos of different models who have body-types that they would like to emulate. That’s not an inherently unhealthy practice. There are many women who I would love to look like. Honestly, if you haven’t wished for Angelina Jolie’s lips or Kerry Washington’s cheekbones, you are probably lying to yourself, but there is a difference between acknowledging beauty and trying to alter your body with unhealthy weight-loss tactics or surgery to fit a mold that you were never intended to fit.

Robin Lawley on Twitter

Here’s a picture of Lawley that the model posted to her Twitter account in March with the caption “lingerie polaroid time, sans makeup.” Credit: Robyn Lawley

Recently, a photo of my US size 14 body appeared on a so-called “thinspiration” blog with the comment, “Please never let my thighs look like this again.” Now, I’m a big girl (pun intended), and if I feared criticism I would not post so many pictures of myself and my body online. So, those comments don’t bother me. My big thighs support me, they’re strong, and I’m proud of them – cellulite and all. However, having that negative attitude towards another person’s body is incredibly unhealthy and narrow-minded.

For reference, this is the picture of myself that was deemed so offensive by the "thinspo" blogger. Yep, definitely no thigh gap here.

For reference, this is the picture of myself that was deemed so offensive by the “thinspo” blogger. Yep, definitely no thigh gap here.

Robyn Lawley agrees with me. In her editorial, she wrote: “I’ve been trying to do just the opposite: I want my thighs to be bigger and stronger. I want to run faster and swim longer. I suppose we all just want different things, but women have enough pressure as it is without the added burden of achieving a ‘thigh gap.’ The last thing I would want for my future daughter would be to starve herself because she thought a ‘thigh gap’ was necessary to be deemed attractive.”

Lawley is also a big believer in retiring the term “plus-size” altogether. “I believe it’s a tag we should do without,” she said in an interview with the Daily News. “It segregates us from the mainstream fashion world, which means we only go to castings and jobs when our size is requested.”

Personally, I don’t care at all about how the fashion industry defines my body-type. I don’t care if I’m called plus-size, thick, curvy, full-figured, voluptuous, rubenesque, or just plain ‘ol fat. My body is my body. That’s it. I don’t feel the need to put on airs or pretend that I’m something I’m not. These words are just descriptive words and they are true. In the same vein, I don’t care if someone classifies me as a brunette, either. People are so afraid of the stigma of being called fat, but there’s nothing wrong with the word – what’s wrong is the attitude that surrounds it.

How do you feel about the thigh gap craze? Tell me in the comments.

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