Wednesday 28 September 2016

Who is Iskra Lawrence? 8 things to know about the plus size model everyone is talking about

Amy Mulvaney

Published 28/06/2016 | 11:58

Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence attends the Glamour & Lane Bryant celebration of a new collaboration and collection on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)

She’s the blonde bombshell who’s quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the modelling industry.

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Here are six things you need to know about Iskra Lawrence, the size 14 model making waves for promoting body positivity...

1. She’s from just across the pond

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Don’t let her unusual name fool you, Iskra is from Worcester, England. Her mother is from Northern Ireland and her father is British.

2. She's an old pro at 25

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The blonde beauty has already been modelling for 12 years.

3. She doesn’t edit any of her images

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Iskra’s stance on photo-editing is a breath of fresh air in an industry obsessed with perferction. She refuses to retouch any of her Instagram images and shows herself in a true light – literally.

4. She has a business brain

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The popular model is also the Managing Editor of Runway Riot, a fashion, style and beauty site that celebrates women of all shapes and sizes.

5. She takes her role model status seriously

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Taking her promotion of body positivity even further, Iskra is a brand ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

6. She was dropped from her first agency

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At just 15-years-old Iskra was dropped from her first agency because her hips were “too big”, before being told they were “too small” by plus-size agencies. She’s now signed to one of the biggest agencies in the world JAG - the first agency to sign models above a size six. Her work with American Eagle’s lingerie label Aerie is her biggest singing to date.

7. She has webbed feet

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They might not be hugely noticeable, but Iskra says her feet are her favourite part of her body and they helped her during her career as a national-level swimmer.

8. When she was body shamed, she had the most epic response

Earlier this year, she was fat shamed for flaunting her body, but it was her response that was more memorable than anything - she shared a video of her eating crisps to her two million Instagram followers, saying: "The message is who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you. YOU are the only one who decides yourself worth."

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