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Robyn Lawley Makes History as the First Plus-Sized Model to Appear in the Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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Congrats to Australian model Robyn Lawley, who was just named one of Sport's Illustrated’s “2015 Rookies of the Year." But it’s not this honor we’re excited about: As a U.S. size 12, she’s the curviest model to ever appear in the Swimsuit Edition—and she's flaunting her toned body in a bikini from her own self-titled swimwear line, no less! (Find out The Best Bikini Bottoms for Your Body Type.)

Technically a plus-sized model, Lawley looks gorgeous and healthy with a shape far more of us can relate to than most models we see. “I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not,” Lawley told TIME. “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies.”

As if we don't love her enough already, Lawley, who is now nine months pregnant, did the SI shoot during her first trimester. Talk about not showing! (And we're adding her to this list of Inspiring Women Who Are Redefining Body Standards stat.)

Lawley is no stranger to high-profile modeling gigs, having graced the cover of Vogue Italia and Cosmopolitan Australia and shot ads for Ralph Lauren, Chantelle and Barneys. But she’s also experienced in representing confident, curvy women: She took part in a viral campaign last year for plus-size swimwear line SwimsuitsForAll, which recreated the iconic 2014 SI Swimsuit Edition cover, this time with plus-sized models.

In a funny twist, SwimsuitsForAll also broke new ground in the Swimsuit Edition with an ad featuring plus-sized model Ashley Graham—also a first for the magazine. (We love their new ad campaign too!)

We always love the SI Swimsuit issue for its fitspiration (start following these 10 Stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Instagram), but it’s a refreshing change of pace to be able to picture both Hannah Davis (who graced the cover of the issue) and Robyn Lawley next time we want to snooze through our morning workout.


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