Supermodel, swimwear designer, cookbook author and among Sydney Magazine’s top 100 most influential people of the year (2011), Robyn Lawley is a force to be reckoned with, who as of this year, can add mother and Fruit Juice Australia ambassador to the growing list.
As a plus-size model, this curvy goddess has spent years challenging the fashion world’s traditional idea of ‘beauty.’ Not only was she the first plus-size model to be shot for Vogue Australia, but she has also graced the covers of Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazine, to name a few.
We sat down with Robyn to get the low down on her health and fitness regime, to discuss her recent partnership with Fruit Juice Australia and to find out her top tips for remaining confident in your own skin.
Robyn Lawley talks swimwear, Reuben sandwiches and being a mum
What is your advice on a healthy work/life balance?
Appreciate the spare time you do have, and remember to be present. When you are with your family, or even when you’re sitting reading a magazine/book, put away your phone/laptop.
What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Ripley’s smile, and the immense love you feel for your kids.
How do you stay in shape?
I do high-intensity workouts 3-4 times a week which is kickboxing, spin class or sprints. Other than that, I try to do a walk with Ripley everyday.
Has your fitness regime changed since having Ripley?
My fitness level has probably dropped a little, but I make a real effort to find the time for both exercise and Ripley – sometimes incorporating the two!
What is your food philosophy?
I love real, quality food. I try to live like the Europeans who always use fresh and local food, and make eating an occasion and a chance to catch up with family and friends. Food should be enjoyed!
Can you talk us through a day on your plate?
I’ll usually have a bowl of cereal with a glass of OJ. On the weekends, my partner makes the most AMAZING breakfast sandwich: starting with sourdough bread from Gjusta, we add vintage cheddar, eggs, caramelized onions and avocado with either a relish or mustard, and always served toasted!
I love a classic latte when I’m back in LA, and I almost always start my day with an ice coffee when it’s hot. Lunch would be a Reuben sandwich or sushi – I love Japanese food! I usually snack on bananas or avocados throughout the day.
For dinner, I love having fish and veggies or a nice bowl of pasta. We also have an ice cream machine and are often playing with new recipes – we usually have a little for dessert.
What was the inspiration for your food blog and cookbook?
I just love food, I’ve always been a big cook and it’s cool to show what food is available around the world. And my cookbook is full of my recipes from the countries that I’ve lived and learnt in, like France and the USA.
What led you to start a swimwear line?
Not having any fashion-forward suits in my size. There was really only tankinis or race wear.
Do you have any plans to expand the collection? Maybe active wear?
Hopefully one day soon. I really want to make it as good as our swimwear, so we’d have to have a lot of fittings and trials to make comfy but versatile active wear
How do you deal with negative comments?
I just try not to take them too personally, as these negative comments come from people who don’t know me on a personal level.
What are your top tips for feeling confident in your own skin?
I find it in exercising and focusing on my passions and hobbies. Remember feeling strong and confident comes from more than just looks.
Who inspires you?
People like Michael Pollan and John Jeavons who actively fight about food ethics and unjust activities within the food industry.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Using raw and unfiltered coconut/olive oils are great options for a daily face cleanser.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve recently been announced as the ambassador for Fruit Juice Australia, which I’m really proud to be a part of. This is alongside recent CSIRO research that looked into the fruit and fruit juice consumption of Aussies. I’ve had fruit juice all my life, and I have fruit every day which is why it was so shocking to learn that more than 80% of Australians are not getting their recommended daily serving of fruit! The good news is, the research also proved that occasionally having a 125ml of fruit juice (with no added sugar) could count towards your recommended 2 servings of fruit per day.
Juice or coffee? Juice
DVD or party? DVD
Yoga or run? Yoga
Smokey eye or red lip? Red lip
Trainers or heels? Trainers
I never leave the house without: Sunglasses
Most used emoji: Earth emoji
Favourite song: Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix or Whole Lotta Love by Led Zepplin
Currently reading: This Changes Everything by Naomi Wolf
Guilty pleasure: Hot chips with extra chicken salt!
Ultimate holiday destination: I love Norway and North California