Robyn Lawley (born 13 June 1989) is an Australian model from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She is best known as one of three cover models of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, the second plus-size model to cover Elle France, the first plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue and GQ Australia and the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Australia Cosmopolitan. She has worked with notable photographers including Greg Kadel, Kenneth Willardt, Rankin, Raphael Mazzucco and Steven Meisel.She is also notable for being the first plus-size model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren.She was the first model for Mango’s line Violeta by Mango.Lawley’s first beauty campaign was Barneys New York Holiday 2013. Robyn’s swimwear line, in sizes 8 (US) to 18 (US), launched in August 2013. Robyn was voted the winner of the Australian Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Female, Rising Star Award 2011.Robyn was also selected for Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the year award for 2011.In June 2013, Robyn was awarded Model of the Year during the Full Figured Fashion Week.Lawley has written two articles on body image for The Daily Beast. Robyn released a cookbook in 2014, Robyn Lawley Eats. In 2015, Robyn became Sports Illustrated’s first plus-sized model to be featured in the magazine’s annual Swimsuit Issue.
Robyn was born in Girraween, New South Wales, to Chris and Janne Lawley; and has two older sisters, Shona and Jennifer.Robyn attended Macarthur Girls High School. Robyn went to see a mainstream agency when she was 15 and although they were ready to sign her, she didn’t feel ready. After taking a year off she returned and started doing straight size modeling for a year.Finding it to be not worth the effort of maintaining the size 8 that was required, she signed with Bella model management, a “plus size” modeling agency in Australia, when she was 18.
Lawley and her partner Everest Schmidt, a lawyer with the Paul Law Group and former Lafayette College basketball player, are the parents of a daughter, Ripley, born on 26 February 2015.