Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Your fat rolls are beautiful' - Top model Iskra Lawrence shares inspiring message on body image

Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Model Iskra Lawrence/Instagram
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Top model Iskra Lawrence is being praised for sharing an inspiring message on body positivity.

Iskra Lawrence is known for promoting body positivty and confidence for women of all shapes and sizes, and her latest post has taken that mission one step further.

The size 14 model, who vowed last year to not retouch any of her images, shared a picture to Instagram showing the appearance of her stomach as she sits in two different positions.

In the first image, Iskra (26) sits with her stomach relaxed, while in the second she sits straight and posed.

Your fat rolls are beautifulI made a video about them (link in my bio) And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren't is because we don't see them in the media unless someone's being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty. I wanted to show you how my body looks when I'm relaxed and when I'm posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks. (I filmed myself doing this for you on my YouTube) As a model in the industry 13years I've seen nearly all the pics chosen of me for lingerie & swimwear shoots are the ones where my stomach looks flattest. Which for a long time lead me to believe that's how I should look. Because even if I did happen to have a few shots where I'm in a position you can see back fat or rolls someone had decided it's more "beautiful" "aspirational" or will inspire more customers to buy the product if those so called "flaws" don't exist. But things are changing I remember the first time I saw curvier models in editorials with their rolls and back fat and I remember the first time I shot with @aerie and they wanted me to not pose but be real and just myself. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my unretouched body - pics with rolls / back fat I'm not gonna lie I was shocked. That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those "flaws" didn't mean I wasn't beautiful in fact showing that their models didn't have to be "flawless" was incredibly empowering. So thank you #AerieReal and everyone who created the movement it's not just game changing but life changing ILY And that's why when I started my insta about 3years ago I created the #everyBODYisbeautiful bc we are more than the sum of our perfections we are all beautiful equal souls living in imperfectly perfect bodies.

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Commenting on the difference between the two images, she said: "Your fat rolls are beautiful."

"Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty. I wanted to show you how my body looks when I'm relaxed and when I'm posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks."

"As a model in the industry 13 years I've seen nearly all the pictures chosen of me for lingerie and swimwear shoots are the ones where my stomach looks flattest, which for a long time lead me to believe that's how I should look."

"Because even if I did happen to have a few shots where I'm in a position you can see back fat or rolls someone had decided it's more 'beautiful,' 'aspirational' or will inspire more customers to buy the product if those so called 'flaws' don't exist."

Iskra, who models for American Eagle's lingerie line Aerie, said that her first unedited campaign with the brand "shocked" her.

"I remember the first time I saw curvier models in editorials with their rolls and back fat and I remember the first time I shot with Aerie and they wanted me to not pose but be real and just myself. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my un-retouched body - pictures with rolls / back fat, I'm not gonna lie I was shocked."

"That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those 'flaws' didn't mean I wasn't beautiful. In fact, showing that their models didn't have to be 'flawless' was incredibly empowering."

The English model's post has received over 180,000 likes since it was shared less than 24 hours ago, with hundreds of comments from her 3.1 million followers praising her honesty.

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