Every day, we are judged mostly based on our looks. In a society where everything is based on material possessions, how we appear on the outside is how strangers (and even some close friends and acquaintances) will judge us. Whether or not we have the newest handbag, the fastest car, or the biggest biceps, will mostly determine how people view us. Now, this is not to advocate for the hedonistic and materialistic life in a capitalistic society. It is to illustrate how vain and self-obsessed our society has become.
Now imagine being an Instagram model whose job and value is almost solely based on their looks and how they appear. Needless to say, they’re very familiar with the everyday pressures that come with being a public face on social media. Iskra Lawrence recently took to Instagram to show her followers how easy it is to manipulate your body to look different from what it is in real life.
Read on to find out more about her story.
Iskra Lawrence is a lingerie model, but more importantly, she is a body positivity advocate. At 26 years old, she has been modeling for over 7 years and has since changed her views on the industry.
At 17, she wanted nothing more than to appear like those stick-thin models that she would regularly see plastered on billboards or on magazine spreads.
Now she realizes that her obsession with fulfilling someone else’s concept of beauty is unhealthy but also unrealistic. She says that when she was 17, she was dropped from several modeling agencies because she was ‘still too big.’
At a UK size 10 (which is about a US size 6) she had gone through extreme and drastic measures in terms of dieting and exercise in order to get down to that size.
Now she is a strong and determined advocate against retouching and photoshopping pictures. She regularly posts natural pictures of herself without any technological edits and enhancements.
In one of her more recent Instagram posts, she showcases two pictures side by side. One of her with a thigh gap and one of her without it.
The photo is captioned: ‘no thigh gap or thigh gap who cares. We all think we want different things and we should because we are all different, there’s no wrong way just be the healthiest & happiest for you.’
She continued on by saying: ‘I’ll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lighting and angles. Always remember social media’s not real life never let anyone else’s pics make you feel insecure about yourself.’
Iskra is now a proud member of the National Eating Disorder Association and is a strong proponent for body positivity.
She repeatedly states how important it is to respect and love your own body. She believes you should not be judged or valued based on other people’s perception of how you should look.
She recalls a moment when she modeled for a magazine and proudly informed her family. They subsequently told her that they couldn’t find her in the magazine and she then realized how heavily touched up and photoshopped her image was.
In an interview, Iskra said: ‘if you don’t look like her and she doesn’t look like you that’s how it’s meant to be. You are meant to be YOU no one else, your body is your home so love and respect it. When you look after it beautiful things happens.’