Robyn Lawley has insisted that being beautiful alone is not enough.
The plus-size model, who found fame as a Sports Illustrated cover girl, and is a vocal advocate for body positivity in the fashion world, has criticised people in the fashion industry who rely on their looks alone, but have “zero empathy”.
In an interview with Australian publication WHO magazine on Thursday (21Feb19), she insisted that being beautiful alone, is not enough.
“I’ve met a lot of traditionally beautiful people with zero empathy and once you get to know them they start not looking so beautiful,” she said. “Personality changes the game.”
While she didn’t say specifically who she was referring to, Robyn regularly calls out the dark side of the fashion world. Last year, she criticised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for perpetuating the myth that models need to be thin and said that models were “starving themselves” in preparation for the annual catwalk show.
“I know it from the inside out and it is complete bulls**t,” she said in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “All my friends that were doing that show were starving themselves, they weren’t eating and they were exercising four to five hours a day and they are not usually exercise people.”
Ahead of the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Robyn started a petition urging consumers to boycott the company over its alleged lack of body diversity and also appeared in an inclusive lingerie show for plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, alongside models such as Hayley Hasselhoff, Felicity Hayward and Ashley James.
“(Around) 80 per cent of people who watch that show are women, so why wouldn’t you cater to that and show diversity? It just doesn’t make any sense to me financially from a company standpoint but also it takes a company like Victoria’s Secret to change the game,” the 29-year-old commented.
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