Size does matter, especially when it comes to women, says Kenneth Wilardt about his exhibition entitled Size Does Matter that aopened on 8th of November in New York.
The photographer of Danish origin who leaves in New York specializes in shots of celebrity beauty and wanted to pay tribute to the curvy bodies by clicking one of the icons of this world: the model Robyn Lawley.
After Lady Gaga, Keira Knightley, Beyonce and Rihanna, the photographer has chosen a well-rounded girl for naked shots from provocative portraying mild flavor along with rabbits, ponies and other animals.
The exhibition is by appointment only and opened on November 8 until December 8 at the 558 Gallery in New York and, according to Mr. Willardt will be “unique and lively.”
The Cut magazine talk to Lawley, who is also a swimsuit designer, food blogger, and generally a body-image do-gooder, about participating in the show, why this isn’t bestiality, and her deep affection for koalas.
So these images are kind of crazy. How did this whole thing happen? I shot with Kenneth for his billboard with the bunnies. That was meant to be our first and our last. We worked really well together.
Were you freaked out by the bunnies crawling all over you while you were naked? No. I was more worried about the animals than myself. I love animals, so I was worried about them being hurt. It was good because we had the animal handlers.
Did you have to be naked in front of the animal handlers? Yeah. I was covered, though. I had nipple covers and a patch on. I wasn’t butt-ass naked. I would have been more intimidated. Anyone who’s not a part of the fashion world who’s not at shoots – it’s always a little awkward for them. Once you become a model, you get kind of used to being naked. But once the animal handlers started working and doing their job, no one notices.
There’s one image with a whip and a miniature donkey. That one was pretty sexual. I was just laughing because I was trying to hold the horse. [Kenneth] superimposes things too, so the horse wasn’t yanking its head or rearing in pain or anything. It was cool, I thought it was funny – I was actually laughing. I’m six foot two, standing over this tiny horse. It’s tongue in cheek. It’s not meant to be so serious.
So it’s not about sexualizing the animals? Oh my god, no. My boyfriend is like, “People are going to be thinking of bestiality.” But it wasn’t like that when we were shooting it at all. It was supposed to be my body in comparison to the animals’ bodies. I’m a huge fan of animals – I was a vegetarian/vegan for most of my life. It’s just meant to be a juxtaposition of my body and theirs.
Tell me about the title of the show, Size Does Matter. Are there multiple meanings? To me, I think, obviously size doesmatter for all things in life. I do stand out. That was part of the reason Kenneth did book me: because I’m six foot two, because I’m curvy. It matters so much in media, it matters so much in life. He leaves it open for you. He’s not saying it’s important to be big or small. He’s just making a quite clear observation in life that size does, in fact, matter. It’s up to you how you take it.
Were you conscious about how you were going to be portrayed when you agreed to do this shoot? Yeah, I didn’t want to be made fun of. I didn’t want to be the poster girl of fat, naked chic with all the animals. After the bunny shoot, I saw that image and was like – rock star. I thought it was such a beautiful image. I just thought I looked like a healthy, normal girl with bunnies.
Is there one animal that wasn’t included in the shoot that you’d like to pose naked with? Koala. Oh my god, I would love. It’s like my favorite animal, and I’ve never held one. And I’m Australian, and it’s like sacrilege. I would love to pose with a koala.
Interview taken from: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/11/robyn-lawley-discusses-posing-naked-with-bunnies.html
- Robyn Lawley Poses Naked With Bunnies (nymag.com)
- Robyn Lawley, Now Looking Glorious in a Bathing Suit Near You (nymag.com)
- Why Robyn Lawley’s Cosmo Australia Swim Shoot Is Important (refinery29.com)
- Model Plus Animals (online.wsj.com)
- Robyn Lawley on the Changing Shape of Fashion (ellentv.com)
- Robyn Lawley for GQ Australia November 2013 : “I’ve got big hips and a big body. I’m double, triple the size of other models and I embrace that “ (thecitizensoffashion.com)
- Plus-Sized Model Robyn Lawley Models Her Own Swimsuit Designs in Cosmo (jezebel.com)