The Australian beauty has been widely lauded as the magazine's first featured plus size model (she appeared in the issue as one of 2015's Rookies). This distinction, however, soon led to significant backlash, as critics took to social media to decry the use of "plus size" as a categorizing term for Lawley. For the record Lawley is 6'2" and a size 12, which is healthy for her height and average among women in the U.S., where the most common size is a 14.
The star opened up in a Today Show interview about her struggle to be accepted in the industry and, ultimately, in accepting her own body shape and size while growing up.
"On the runway it's mainly a size 0 to a size 4, and I am like triple the size of these girls," Lawley said.