We all know that #strongisthenewskinny, #healthyisthenewblack, and all that jazz. It ravages my instagram feed on a daily basis. Girls are actually starting to believe that there is more to life than body shape. That if you look after your health, the rest will follow. Even guys who drool over thin girls in bikinis have come round to idea that girls with curves have one of the most beautiful body shapes out there. International supermodel Robyn Lawley, is making waves on the model scene. At a gorgeous size 16 (AUS), Robyn has become the curviest model to ever appear on the pages of Sports Illustrated. I love her for everything that she represents - an ambassador for full-figured women the world over, she's changing long-engrained stereotypes of the beauty + fashion world.
She's recently launched her own cookbook (Robyn Lawley Eats) that gives you an insight into her traditional family recipes, and she has also been named ambassador for CSIRO's fruit juice campaign. In-between fashion shoots, I catch up with this buxom babe to get the dish on her nutrition and fitness regime...
1. HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY BEGIN TO BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODEL BEGIN?
After trialing a series of fad diets and trying to meet crazy industry standards, I left the modeling industry all together. I spent some time on myself and re-discovered my passion for real food. Shortly after publishing my recipe book, I started to notice more and more beautifully curved models, and my sister suggested pay a visit to my now manager - that was 6 years ago, and I haven’t looked back.
2. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I love being out in nature hiking or gardening. My inspiration comes from music, and people who are doing things they are passionate about. I’m lucky enough to travel the world so I’m constantly trying new food, meeting new people and having new experiences altogether.
3. YOUR DAY ON A PLATE?
BREAKFAST: I’m up early, and start my day with a bowl of cereal and glass of OJ. When I have more time, my partner usually whips up something delicious - my favourite being his breakfast sandwich (sourdough bread from Gjusta with vintage cheddar, eggs, caramelized onions and avocado with either a relish or mustard, toasted).
SNACK: When I’m in Australia, I get a latte or a dirty chai (chai latte with expression shot) but in USA I love blue bottles’ ice coffees.
LUNCH: either a reuben sandwich or sushi, usually followed by a juice or green smoothie. I love snacking on bananas or avocados.
DINNER: I end my day with fish and veggies, or pasta for dinner. We love making our own ice cream for dessert; we have an ice cream machine that takes care of all the hard work for us!
4: FAVOURITE WAY TO GET MOVING?
My favourite ways to break a sweat is kickboxing, cycling, hiking and yoga. In Australia, I love working out with my trainer Penny Walsh, as she usually combines my favourite workouts into one.
5. THREE THINGS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
- Fruit + vegetables
- Good quality bread
6. YOUR SECRET VICE
Indulging in toasted brioche with hazelnut spread like Nutella.
7. TOP SONG ON YOUR PLAYLIST
Your loft my acid - Death in vegas (Fearless trance mix is an awesome version as well)
8. YOUR MANTRA
When it comes to enjoy life mantra is - eat high-quality food that is local and environmentally sustainable. I’m passionate about maintaining both the health of the environment and your own health. According to new CISRO research, 93 per cent of adults are not eating the recommended daily serves of fruit, so the best tip I can give is eat more fruit! Remember that the occasional serving (125ml) of juice can also count to your daily intake. It’s all about good quality food and everything in moderation.
Another mantra of mine is something I’ve once heard and try to live by - "Be careful about who you give the microphone and stage to in your life. Don't just listen to the loudest voice. Listen to the truest one."
9: YOUR TOP 3 ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM:
- @Shonajanetoo - my sisters awesome photography
- @Healthyisthenewskinny - a great page that's run by my friend Katie
- @stedsans_cleansimplelocal - an amazing Danish restaurant that grows their own food on the roof.
10. YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE
This drink is a necessity in my busy life and is also great-post workout. I absolutely love the taste. The blended frozen banana tastes as good as ice cream.
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1
1 3/4 cups of almond milk
1 cup baby spinach leaves (a large handful)
2 tsp flaxseed oil
1 large ripe frozen banana
1 tsp whey protein (optional)
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until well combined. Enjoy immediately.
Note: I peel and place a few ripe bananas into a container then I place them into the freezer. That way I can make a few smoothies throughout the week.