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Plus-Size Model Opens Up About Pressure To Be Thin, 'Heroin Chic Look Isn't My Cup Of Tea'

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Oct. 16 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Australian plus-size model Robyn Lawley is paving the way for gorgeous, curvy women all over the world, and has now opened up against the industry that encourages models to starve themselves in an exclusive interview with

"I think because of the perceptions of Hollywood and the media, women get really targeted in a negative way," she told "It is horrible to be called names and it happens here all the time.

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"There is always a fear that you are not going to make it so women force themselves down into a size that does not really match their body," explained 6'2" Robyn, who is a U.S. size 12 and Australia/UK 16.

"I think in Australia size perceptions are a lot more realistic. They appreciate real people rather than if they are stick thin or not. It is definitely a different vibe."

As previously reported, the 23-year-old from Sydney won a lucrative contract with Ralph Lauren this year and recently stripped down into several skimpy swimsuits and flaunted her fabulous figure in the Cook Islands for the November issue of Cosmopolitan Australia.

With her beautiful body having graced the European covers Marie Clare, Vogue and Elle, the stunning brunette told how the current bar for models to be super skinny deeply upsets her.

"I just don’t get it, that heroin chic look isn’t my cup of tea. It isn’t for a lot of people out of the fashion world. That starvation look isn’t for everybody, why not have someone who is a little bit bigger?" asked New York-based Robyn, who is signed with Bella models and has been working in the “plus-sized” industry since she was 18.

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"It is a different world for actors who lose and gain weight for their character like Christian Bale did in The Machinist, but unnaturally losing weight if you are a model or a regular person is just ridiculous.

"You are putting your life on the line. I would be so miserable if I got told to lose 30 or 40 pounds. I don’t think I could do it!" she said.


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