Friday, June 3, 2011

Robin Lawley Vogue Front Cover

The huge news for curvy women this week was the announcement that not one but THREE curvy beauties (every man and his dog has called them plus size, but in which world are these girls plus size?!) grace the cover of Vogue Italia. One of my favourite models, Robin Lawley the Australian stunner, is joined by models Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine. The photo is taken by Vogue Italia’s resident front cover photographer Steven Meisel.
I was thrilled to see one of the Godfathers of Fashion using curvaceously proportioned women on the front cover and excitedly went onto my favourite forums to read the reaction. I knew there would be some controversy over the fact that the women are sat at a table of food and that they are in their lingerie but I was shocked to discover how many people were ready to tear the photo to shreds.

At best there were some raised eyebrows over the ‘akimbo’ nature of Robin’s legs at worst there were WOMEN saying how freakish these women looked and shouldn’t be included in a fashion magazine. Having followed Robyn’s progress I know that she has to endure spiteful and derogatory comments from people within the fashion industry so it’s no wonder that some women have been brainwashed into believing the only way to feel good about yourself is to tear everyone else down. How sad.
Robyn's inside pages
Of course not everyone is going to love the shot and a healthy amount of debate is a great thing, but I think fundamentally both Vogue and these models should be applauded for attempting to push the boundaries of fashion. This isn’t a casual nod from Vogue; their Vogue Curvy website is one of my absolute favourite sites and fills me with inspiration every day.

Remember that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and perhaps instead of dismissing this photo as a gimmick we should be celebrating another step towards diversity in high fashion. xx

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