Robyn Lawley has accused Victoria’s Secret boss Ed Razek of “hating plus-sized women”.
Razek, the chief marketing officer of the world-famous lingerie brand, came under fire in the wake of the brand’s annual show when he told U.S. Vogue that he’d considered casting transgender and plus-sized models in the spectacle but decided against doing so because the company “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.
His apology did little to calm curvy Australian model Robyn, however, who has slated the brand in numerous interviews since then.
In her latest, a chat with Who magazine editor Keshnee Kemp for the podcast RAW Talks, Robyn accused Razek of “hating women”.
“I literally said Ed Razek will dig his own grave because he hates plus-sized women,” she explained. “I hate that term, because I’m not plus-size and I don’t think any woman deserves that tag. He hates women, in general.”
Adding that she wishes Victoria’s Secret would take advantage of their huge “platform”, Robyn continued: “Imagine if they sent down a curvy girl. Or just anything different – a size 10 or a 12 or a 14. It just gets boring after a while and I used to buy their brand – they sell my size. Show us how your brand is actually going to look on a body that’s relatable.”
While many of her friends are models, Robyn insisted she’s not campaigning against the average sized model, but just wants “inclusivity”.
And the fact that so many models starve themselves to get the body type the modelling industry wants also doesn’t sit well with mother-of-one Robyn, who has health issues herself.
“I have an autoimmune problem so the fact that anyone is starving themselves like that and damaging their bodies in that way, I’m just like, ‘Why? You could really screw yourself up’,” she mused. “And I can’t believe it’s high fashion – I’ve seen girls just about to collapse and everyone’s going ‘You look so good’ and I’m going, ‘She’s dying! Quite clearly she needs to eat something!’”
“It’s just got too extreme. I’ve seen too many girls too frail to even continue this job – some of my girlfriends had to quit because their bodies couldn’t handle it.”
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