CASTING CALLS for Swimsuit 2015 are in full swing (but don't be surprised—so is our shooting season). Over the next several months we will be bringing you a sneak peek at some of this year's Swimsuit hopefuls. Who do you think will make it in?
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THE BEST way to get to know about Australian model/DJ/painter/cookbook author/swimsuit designer Robyn Lawley might be through this 2011 New York Magazine Q&A, before she started getting regular DJ gigs, so let's just throw in a few of our favorite lines:
On not being a surfer just because she's an Australian:
I wasn't one of those beachy Aussie girls, unfortunately. We actually don't all live on sand [laughs]. . . . I didn't really have that many friends until high school because by then all the bitchy girls dropped out, and I started having good friends.
On the industry take on plus-sized models (Robyn is, as she describes on her Twitter profile "a model beyond size 10"):
I would love to change the opinion of plus-size girls. I always feel people are surprised when they work with one of us and find that we can, in fact, model very well. Just because we're not a size zero doesn't mean we can't model effectively. It flabbergasts me. . . . This can be said about older models and different ethnicities, too. Fashion should be indicative of the world. . . . [W]e're not all 16-year-old Russian teens. I feel every catwalk and every editorial spread should feature all different types of bodies and faces.
On her love of DJing and music:
[I love] remixing music and playing shows. I really love dub-step and electro types of music. I really love all music, though. Music is half of my life. If I could I would be making music.
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Name: Robyn Lawley
But my friends and family call me: Robs
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Current city: NYC
Years modeling: 8
You may know me from my work with: Ralph Lauren, Chantelle, Barneys, Vogue Italia, Cosmo
When I travel I always bring my: electronics/laptop (for DJing), iPod, Kindle—I'm a tech geek
The most expensive thing in my closet are my: handbags, ironically—I rarely use bags
The craziest thing I've had to do on a shoot is: posing nude with live animals
I am best known for my: hair, I think
When I was younger I was: strange? Haha, no. I loved sport and and art and cooking
I feel sexiest when: I'm with with my man
My pet is a: Boston Terrier named Reilly
My friends think I spend too much time: on my hobbies/working
My biggest fear is: losing my sisters
The celebrity I'd do a kissing scene with is: Brad Pitt
The book everyone should read is: Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The movie everyone should see is: Kill Bill or Alien
If I started a charity it would be to: help empower young women; or create more local organic farms
The three items on my bucket list are:
- Produce a great song
- [Get involved with] green politics
- Live in the woods with all my hobbies and animals
I am: a morning person / not a morning person
My favorite foods are: sweet / savory
I am an: amazing cook / O.K. cook / awful cook
The best thing I make is: a mean pulled pork!
I am: single / in a relationship / it's complicated / I'll never tell!
I am: spontaneous / a planner
My personal style can be described as:
- Leather jacket and motorcycle boots
- T-shirt, jeans and Converse
- Chanel sunglasses and Louboutin heels
- Maxi dress and sandals
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ROBYN IN PICTURES:
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