Why Robyn Lawley Is Our Ultimate Healthy Body Role Model
You may know Robyn Lawley best as the first "plus sized" model shot for Vogue Australia in the magazine's then 52-year history, a former cover star of Vogue Italia, or a Sports Illustrated mainstay, but the author, swimwear designer and mum, is so much more than that. A vocal advocate for healthy body role models, Lawley is an anomaly in an industry that still errs on the conservative side of diversity. The 27-year-old self-professed foodie recently told us she's "bored with the oversaturation of the one body type that we've been inundated with for years". Could you love her any more? We caught up with Lawley for a sneak peek into everything from how she conquers negative thoughts to the energy-boosting snacks she reaches for on the reg.
Keep scrolling for our exclusive Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: Walk us through your skincare routine.
Robyn Lawley: I usually cleanse with a natural soap or oil like olive or coconut, and sometimes I'll use my Clarisonic ($219), especially after shoots, and then I'll either use a serum or cream like La Prairie ($550) or an SK-II mask ($28). I use Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream ($62) or Jurlique's Rose Moisture Plus Cream ($45) everyday. And definitely sunscreen! I love Jurlique's High Protection Cream ($50).
B: Is it true you make your own beauty products? Can you share your favourite DIY with us?
RL: My favourite thing to DIY is lavender body butter. You melt ¼ cup shea butter on very low heat in a saucepan, then take it off and mix in 1 cup of raw coconut oil and ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil. Crush in some fresh lavender, combine and and pour it into a lined ramekin and freeze. It's easiest to keep as a body bar in the freezer or fridge.
B: Skincare vs. makeup—which is more important to you?
RL: Skincare. I try not to wear makeup when I’m not modelling, I think it's important to be comfortable with your skin in its natural state. It's key to protect it from the sun, especially in Australia where the UV is very strong. That said, I do love getting my makeup done for photoshoots or events, it's a lot of fun. Makeup artists are some of my favourite people.
B: How do you do your everyday face?
RL: I like to do a simple, natural look. I don’t wear makeup at home, but if I’m heading out I'll fill in my brows with a Benefit's brow pencil, and my lips with an old MAC Spice Lip Pencil ($30) and paw paw ointment ($8). Or I'll do a Nars chubby Lip Pencil ($39) and also dab a bit on my cheeks. I love Chanel and Giorgio Armani liquid foundations if I feel I need more coverage for an event, and Lash Star gives you insane lashes! Since becoming a mum my routine is a lot quicker. It's not that different overall, but I don't put as much on because my daughter touches my face a lot.
B: Your hair is amazing—which products do you use to wash and style it?
RL: Thank you! My hair goes through so much as a model. I stopped colouring it years ago and that has helped me keep it in good condition. When I'm not working I let it be, and in general I keep my hair routine easy and use quality brands you can find in grocery stores. I do believe in giving my hair treatments. I usually leave my conditioner in for a little bit, comb it through in the shower, then rinse it out with cold water.
B: Are there any genius hair tricks you’ve picked up from working with stylists over the years?
RL: For the tousled look, hairstylists put mousse or sea salt spray in my hair before they curl it, then pin it up to set while they do my makeup. When they take the pins out they shake it loose and comb it through with fingers. Using a product to for hold means the waves set without being too curly.
B: What does a day in your diet look like?
RL: I try to eat as organically as possible, and cook as much as I can. I make the watermelon salad from my cookbook Robyn Lawley Eats ($30) a lot because it’s easy, light and fresh. I also love snacking on bananas, raw nuts and avocados. I'll always eat a homemade decadent dish as I don't believe in deprivation. I think you can have some ice cream or cake or apple pie now and then, it's totally fine.
B: What’s your best energy-boosting trick?
RL: Bananas are my go-to snack as are avocados. I love listening to music and dancing, and just goofing around.
B: What’s your favourite workout?
RL: I love yoga. The savasana pose at the end of class is the most rewarding and peaceful. I also like kickboxing and am really into Soul Cycle when I'm in America.
B: What advice would you give to women who feel pressured to be thinner?
RL: I'm a big believer in conquering those negative thoughts, we can all get consumed by them from time to time. I want to help empower women in other ways and help them to see what's really important. I'm bored with the oversaturation of the one body type that we've been inundated with for years. Work out so you feel mentally good and strong, not just for the exterior. I have a lot of hobbies that are totally unrelated to what I look like. I also believe in eating good, real food. I jokingly call myself a qualitarian.
B: Who are your healthy body role models?
RL: I'm always impressed by female athletes as it takes a lot of dedication and work to do what they do. Also, just generally, the mothers and women around me who've helped me overcome my own obstacles. Models and clients in my industry who have helped me embrace my body more and more.