Ashley Graham attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (AFP / ANGELA WEISS)
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For years, images of impossibly slim, gorgeous, blemish-free women have filled fashion magazines, billboards and television screens.In the United States, that figure rises to 62 percent, and the average American woman is a size 14-16 .Lawrence averages a U.S. size 10 to 12, yet for years was told she was too fat to model. In February, she became the first curve model to walk for Michael Kors at Fashion Week.Following repeated scandals about anorexia, French holding companies LVMH and Kering, which own dozens of top labels from Christian Dior to Saint Laurent, just days ago pledged to ban size zero models from their advertising and catwalk shows.Now based in New York, Lawrence jumps on a plane multiple times a week, has starred in campaigns for American Eagle and its Aerie lingerie line, and has close to four million followers on Instagram.If seeing curvier models is more common, it is still relatively rare -- particularly in high fashion, where few of the most prestigious labels adequately cater to the plus-size market.
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