Sunday 17 December 2017

Sports Illustrated model Robyn Lawley shares unairbrushed selfie: 'I'm sick of plastic faces'

Robyn Lawley poses ahead of hosting a spin class with her personal trainer Penny Walsh at Westfield Bondi Junction on October 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Robyn Lawley poses ahead of hosting a spin class with her personal trainer Penny Walsh at Westfield Bondi Junction on October 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Robyn Lawley stunned in Ralph Lauren in this fitted nude number
SI Swimsuit model Robyn Lawley at the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Robyn Lawley poses ahead of hosting a spin class with her personal trainer Penny Walsh at Westfield Bondi Junction on October 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Robyn Lawley attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Summer of Swim Fan Festival and Concert at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk on August 28, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Robyn Lawley walks the runway during the Hammock 2017 Collection at SwimMiami - Backstage at W South Beach on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Hammock)
Robyn Lawley poses at Per-Fekt Beauty Backstage at Hammock SwimMiami 2016 at W South Beach on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Per-Fekt Beauty)
Model Robyn Lawley attends the Hammock 2017 Collection at SwimMiami at W South Beach on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Hammock)
Robyn Lawley attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - NYC VIP press event on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Robyn Lawley attends H&M's private concert with Lana Del Rey at The Wooly on September 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for H&M)
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Let's hear it for Robyn Lawley.

The Sports Illustrated model, who is questionably described as 'plus size', has been a body confidence advocate since her modelling career began to take off in 2012 and she was unveiled as the new face of Ralph Lauren, the first 'curvy' model to represent the brand.

But in a world where natural facial features are merely a suggestion and we're to settle for nothing less than perfection, a refreshingly normal-seeming Lawley would like to change that.

The Australian swimsuit model shared a makeup free, non-airbrushed picture on Instagram because she is also "sick of plastic faces".

"I decided to post this photo free from any retouching or any filter in light of my recent interview with @i_d I'm sick of plastic faces I'm sick of not seeing lines and marks especially on the body I call these the 'tapestry of life' and your body and face should be," she wrote.

"I have lines and wrinkles and spots I've also had a lot of damn fun and laughed a lot. I don't want to inject my face I don't want any of it so I'm putting this out there to the girls that feel alone and even men for that matter it's ok to let yourself be yourself."

Lawley, who welcomed her first child in 2015, previously earned praise for sharing pictures of her stretch marks, which she refers to as her "tiger stripes".

"As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they're fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them," she said at the time. "Because they are some bad ass ‪#‎tigerstripes‬ smile. And I earned them."

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Model Robyn Lawley posted this photo of her stretch marks

In a recent post for i-D, she said she feels "pretty badass" becoming a successful model without conforming to the industry norm, especially for swimsuit and lingerie work.

"Models can be pretty insecure -- they're constantly being judged, but I just kept quietly working. It's pretty badass that I can model at the size I am, and since I started I've witnessed the industry grow. It was ridiculous that for so long no one above a size eight could model." she said.

"But as a female, I struggle with the constant demands of feeling beautiful. I'm quite the tomboy, I never wear make-up, I dress comfortably and I feel better about myself when I create.

"I feel stronger, and smarter, and more independent when I learn new things -- for me, it's intelligence that makes me feel strong."

Robyn Lawley in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Robyn Lawley in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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