Top model Iskra Lawrence shows the reality of airbrushing: 'Perfect doesn't exist'
Iskra Lawrence has highlighted the reality of airbrushing in a refreshingly honest post.
The English model has amassed almost 3.5 million followers on Instagram for her natural and airbrush-free photos that speak out about body-shaming and bullying. However, a recent post was a break in the norm for Lawrence, but still held an important message.
On Monday, the size 14 model shared a seven-year-old photo of herself modelling lingerie. The photos appear to be heavily airbrushed and Lawrence looks almost unrecognisable.
"I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is… I’m HEAVILY retouched," she wrote in the post.
You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is👆 Well it's me! About 6/7years ago. I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is... I'm HEAVILY retouched. That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine - a computer programme did that. The full thick hair - extensions. Push up bra Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it... I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!! Yep I thought if I had 'perfected' images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful. When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn't even look like or relate to the image of myself! So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren't real. Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What's real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that's what makes you magical, unique and beautiful. ▶️My self-care Sunday this week is all about retouching (link to watch in my bio)👆 So I go into way more detail about these images and my experiences. #everyBODYisbeautiful
From the smoothness of her skin to the hair extensions to the push-up bra to the apparent digital manipulation of her arms, waist and legs, Lawrence dissected the picture to reveal how much work and alteration can go into these kinds of shots.
"The worst thing about it… I wanted to look like this! Yep I thought if I had perfect images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful.
"When, in reality, seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image."
Lawrence, 26, pleaded with her followers to not compare themselves with models they see in stores or magazines and said striving for perfection will not make anyone happy.
After a torrid start in modelling when was signed to an agency aged 13 then dropped a few years later reportedly because her hips were "too big," she has now been the face of American Eagle’s lingerie brand Aerie for more than a year and starred on the cover of Women’s Health and Self magazine.
☺️ok I'm about to read through all my comments on my last pic can't wait to find out what skincare you all use! And thanks to everyone who watched my video of my morning skincare routine🤗 anyone who hasn't seen it yet (link is in my bio)☝️ sweet dreams all my lovelies thank you for all your support😘✨ #everyBODYisbeautiful pic is totally unretouched wearing @aerie #aeriereal #everyBODYisbeautiful
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