Model Robyn Lawley has decided to keep her facial scars, about two months after suffering a terrifying fall during a lupus-induced seizure.
Robyn, 29, became the first plus-size model to appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 2015. Her body — and face — have appeared in countless magazine spreads and fashion campaign, and she is now determined to keep working while flaunting her ‘Harry Potter scar’.
The mark, according to the Australian model, resembles the one the fictional wizard bears on his forehead in J.K. Rowling’s novels.
Marks: Model Robyn Lawley explained on the Today show on Wednesday morning that she firmly intends to keep her facial scars after suffering a terrifying fall about two months ago
She’s a fan! The model, 29, compared the scar at the top of her forehead to the lightning-bolt-shaped mark that Harry Potter sports in J.K. Rowling’s novels
Opening up: Robyn first revealed she had suffered a serious fall in an Instagram post she shared earlier this month, along with two photos of her face
‘I can’t get rid of it because it’s a lightning bolt,’ Robyn told Megyn Kelly on the Today show on Wednesday.
‘I’m too much of a fan to get rid of it and it’s too much of a weird spot to have it happen.
‘My nickname before the fall was actually Wizard already, so I had to keep it.’
Beyond the pop culture reference, Robyn is determined to keep the scar because she believes it tells a story.
‘Today I think people don’t realize how much, work-wise, they get done. Models and celebrities… Laser can actually get rid of this completely but I have no desire,’ she explained.
‘I feel like scars say a story and tell who we are. I’ve always embraced my stretch marks and marks on my stomach and hips and body and I feel like, Why should I have to get rid of them? Who is it going to appease?’
Robyn, who was diagnosed with lupus just after the birth of her daughter Ripley, now three, doesn’t remember much about her fall.
All she can recall, she said, is standing at the top of the staircase and waken up to find paramedics tending to her, with her daughter nearby.
Meaningful: Now, Robyn (pictured left on Wednesday and right before her fall) wants to keep her scars because they tell a part of her story
Procedure: Robyn told Megyn she could easily get rid of the scar if she wanted to, but has no desire to do so
Struggle: The model acknowledged that the days after her fall were some of her ‘lowest’ times
‘I took one step and I don’t remember anything else,’ she said. ‘This is a huge staircase to fall down.’
Robyn first opened up about the fall earlier this month, posting a photo of her badly injured face and another one clearly showing her scars. In the post, which dates back to August 13, she explained the fall had occurred almost two months prior.
On Wednesday, she explained what was going through her mind as she began to recover from her injuries.
‘When I was sitting there for a few days, I was definitely at my lowest,’ she told Megyn.
‘I sent that same photo I posted to my sisters. I was like, “Yo, I feel like death.” I don’t know. This is probably the lowest I’ve ever felt. I lost my front tooth. It went through my lip. I had stitches all over my forehead here and there. You just wake up to that. So you have this happen.’
Robyn explained that lupus, an autoimmune condition, is more invasive than people tend to think. Back when she was first diagnosed, the model was struggling to pick things up, walk, and talk, causing her family to take her to the hospital.
Now, she has done her best to manage the condition, which has involved changing her eating habits.
‘I’m adopting a much more plant-based diet,’ she said. ‘Any anti-inflammatory — I do believe food can heal a lot more than people think.
Advocate: Robyn is trying to ditch the ‘plus-size’ label and simply call herself a model
Owning it: Robyn shared this stunning shot of herself featuring her ‘Harry Potter scar’
‘As much food as I can eat and as much vegetables as I can eat I will be eating.’
The model shared a message of support for other people who might be coping with lupus or other conditions, adding: ‘I don’t want people to feel guilty. Don’t feel guilty for lupus or your diagnosis, or don’t feel guilty if you cancer.
‘Take the guilt out of the equation. You’re sick, get you better. That’s the first thing.’
On the career front too, Robyn is trying to implement some changes. She is currently trying to ditch the ‘plus-size’ label and simply call herself a model.
‘I’m proud of my size,’ she told Megyn on Wednesday. ‘I’m 6’2” and a US Size 12 and to me that’s not plus-size, that’s just average, normal size.’
Back when she opened up about her fall on Instagram, Robyn explained she had taken some time to heal ‘physically and emotionally’ after the ordeal.
She said she was grateful the seizure didn’t occur while she was holding her daughter, and that she hadn’t sustained more extensive injuries.
‘As the scars fade, a part of me wants nothing to do with them and a part of me wants to embrace them,’ she wrote.
‘They make us who we are. Plus wearing daily make-up to cover my face is something I do not do.’