For centuries, women have been living in a world with pretty unrealistic beauty expectations. The ideal body type is so cookie-cutter that there are definitely more people who don’t fit in it than those who do.
Everywhere women go they are bombarded with ads telling them how they should look and how to lose weight. This makes any woman question her natural appearance. Girls even go to great risks to attain the unattainable, sometimes even threatening their health in order to reach this ideal body type.
Lately, the fashion world is finally starting to realize the issues with this and are beginning to incorporate clothing for different body types. Just recently, Target released a bathing suit catalog featuring four women with very different body types and it was refreshing to see girls rocking their natural curves.
Another model who is proof that you don’t have to be stick thin to be beautiful is Iskra Lawrence from Worcester, UK. She is far from a size 0 but definitely doesn’t let her curves stop her from looking awesome and strutting her stuff.
26-year-old Iskra was born on September 11th, 1990. She models and serves as a Role Model globally for Aerie which is a brand that stemmed from American Eagle Outfitters.
Although many people would not consider her a plus sized model, she still has a different body type from what you normally see on the covers of magazines.
She rocks her curves, and is very motivational and real with her 3.3 million Instagram followers.
As well as being a model, she’s also a fitness inspiration who sometimes makes videos of her workouts to share with her fans. As well as posting her glamour shots, she also shares real and natural photos of herself.
She promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle, and isn’t afraid to show how much she enjoys her snacks.
In order to help other girls who may be dealing with body image insecurities, she became the founder and managing editor of a website called Runway Riot.
The site is a platform for women of all shapes and sizes to learn about fashion and glamour. It also offers advice and tips for girls who may be dealing with insecurities.
Iskra is working to promote healthy lifestyles and self love. In a video posted to Runway Riot, she explains how she deals with people who believe that skinny is better.
She explained that everyone will have different opinions about what beauty is and will have a preference. ‘Instead of worrying about if someone prefers you being skinny, or thick or curvy etc. just remember that you are beautiful because you’re you.’
She insists that a girl’s worth is not judged by anybody but herself. Although Iskra has received negative comments online in the past, she deals with it by remembering that ‘I am Iskra and I know I’m special for more reasons than just what I look like.’
As well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and self worth online, she is also a brand ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association.
She also recently gained some popularity from her #30secondtransformation photo in which she posted two photos taken close to the same time revealing how images on social media are posed and unnatural.
As well as going out and sharing stories and advice with other girls, she also created the NEDA Inspires award.
As well as being a beautiful model who better represents what most women look like, she is also a great inspiration and role model to women and girls with insecurities.
She radiates confidence, and actively promotes that every body type is beautiful.
The world could use more inspirational models like Iskra. Here she is on the cover of Self Magazine. You can see more pictures of Iskra on her Instagram page.