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Could Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Become A Superstar?

She's the first plus-size model to ever appear in an ad campaign for Ralph Lauren — one of the biggest jobs a model can book. It's a coup for her and all plus-size models who don't work nearly as much as their skinnier peers.

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Lawley will not reveal her weight, but she's 6' 2".

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She went on Good Morning America to discuss the Lauren campaign and, when asked how much she weighed, said "Well, I'm a size twelve, and I think weight doesn't really matter." She has a point: modeling agencies and their clients go by measurements, not the number on the scale.

Her casting is significant for Ralph Lauren, which might still be well-remembered for this photoshop disaster.

These ads came out in 2009 in Japan. The label claimed they had never been approved for use.

Later that year, the model, Filippa Hamilton, told the press the label had fired her because she was too big. "[T]hey said I was overweight and I couldn't fit in their clothes anymore," she told the New York Daily News. Ralph Lauren simply said in a statement that while Hamilton was "beautiful and healthy," they let her go "as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us."


The Ralph Lauren ads will hopefully lead Lawley — and other plus-size models — to more big-money ad jobs.

But the reality is that super-skinny models remain the norm, while beauties like Lawley and Renn are the exception.

(Photo: Lawley in a 2011 test shoot.)

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