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Pulse Spikes // Issue No.16

Iskra is on the digital cover of Pulse Spikes’ issue No. 16. Read her interview down below:

 

She is serving realness, curves and elegance included. You have probably seen Iskra Lawrence on the #AerieREAL campaign, spreading a message of self-love. Whether it is tummy rolls, body hair, birthmarks, or tattoos, she believes everybody should be celebrated for who they are and not by how they look. Iskra Lawrence is sweeping the social media scene with unretouched photos, unafraid to speak up about body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and the raw definition of self-love. Some people call it controversial, others call it courage. No matter what you cannot deny that she is making an impact on so many people today. Iskra chats about her journey to self-love in our 16th issue.

Where did your journey as a body-positive model start?
I’ve been modeling for 15 years. I started out in the UK, and initially, there weren’t a lot of girls my size back then. I didn’t fit into a lot of sample sizing. I did enter a competition, and I didn’t win. But I did get scouted. Unfortunately, as I said, I didn’t fit into a lot of sample sizing and got body-shamed when I was 14 and 15 years old. I struggled, and my agency really tried to make my waist smaller but couldn’t. It was my body shape, and I had always been a bit curvier. They told me if I couldn’t hit their measurements, I wouldn’t be a successful model. It got stuck in my head, and I dropped from the agency. I tried about ten other agencies, and no one would take me. All of their excuses came back to my size and me being too curvy. I took it personally and really set out to change myself but didn’t know how to do so in a healthy way.

So some modeling agencies said you were too big, and plus-size agencies said you were too small. How did you deal with these body categories? How did the power of unretouched photos come to you?
After a bit, I started carving out a niche of people just loving themselves for who they are at their healthiest size instead of trying to fit into either category. I ended up working with a bunch of my close friends, and I created a company called Model Kind. We created a charity calendar to go towards fighting cervical cancer. During that time, I gathered a group of my friends for the calendar, and no one looked alike. I hadn’t seen anything like it. When the photographer said he was going to retouch some of the photos, I told him not to because everyone looked beautiful. That really uncovered my love for no retouching and explaining how nearly every image we consume has been retouched. Retouching is the standard. Most women think they need to have flawless skin and have their hair perfectly sleek. It’s an unattainable way for us to be because Photoshop is everywhere.

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Glamour Digital Cover – September 2019

Iskra is on the cover of Glamour’s Digital issue for September 2019. Read the interview down below & make sure to check out the pictures in the gallery!

 

Women’s Health Magazine – June 2019

Iskra Lawrence Has Redefined Her Insecurities—And She Wants You To Do The Same

Iskra Lawrence stepped into the crowded Women’s Health photo studio, stripped out of her streetwear, then tried on a bunch of swimsuits in front of a set full of strangers for a completely unretouched photoshoot like it was no biggie. And while this might seem like your own personal nightmare, for the international model, Aerie RoleModel, Instagram influencer, and body acceptance advocate, it’s just another day at work.

But that level of confidence doesn’t just happen overnight. Iskra’s put in the work to get to that positive headspace, and she had a lot to overcome. “It was hard as a teenager,” she told me over the phone prior to our shoot. “I was curvier at a young age and was confused by my body.” She tried to fake some self-assuredness by wearing more makeup, push-up bras, and revealing clothes. “Being sexy was the only way I felt like I was getting validation for my body.”

If being a teenager wasn’t hard enough already, she entered the modeling world at 13 and had a new set of peers to compare herself to—a group that consisted exclusively of sample-sized models. “Relatively I was just a normal, healthy-looking teen. But I developed body dysmorphia and an eating disorder because I had these unrealistic comparisons.”

She spent hours measuring every part of her body, but the main focus was her strong legs. “I never wore ankle boots, never wore skirts that cut me off at the wrong height, and even seeing knee-high boots on set would make me nervous.” The notion of a thigh gap (when you stand feet-together and the inside of your thighs don’t touch) was something that also consumed her thoughts. “My thighs rub together,” she says. “Even if I was unhealthfully restricting [which she was] and trying every fad diet possible [which she did], I could never get a thigh gap.”

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Civilian Magazine // Spring 2019

Iskra is featured in the Spring II issue of Civilian Magazine. Read her interview down below & don’t forget to check out these two beautiful images.

 

 

THE POWER: ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL

Iskra Lawrence is so much more than a pretty face: a body positive influencer, an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, and a full-time model (she has modeled for Aerie and has also developed her own perfume line). With her efforts, the world is becoming more authentic, a change that she credits to the rise in social media. “People are more aware of the individual power they have in trying to implement more diversity. Social media has been the best platform because it’s enabled us to democratize our own media empires,” she says of an opportunity to encourage diversity. “It’s up to us to go out and seek new information. The world’s very diverse and that’s what makes it so beautiful.” In addition to the already growing list of accomplishments, as a part of her dedication to body positivity, she’s given a TED talk and guest-authored a number of articles across publications on the importance of self-love and diversity. Last year, moreover, she was named as an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust & L’Oréal Paris.

“I think the modeling and beauty industry fed into female insecurity in the hopes that it would encourage them to buy things, but there’s been such a great shift. Now, it’s actually about someone’s confidence or creativity – whatever makes them an awesome person, instead of the way that they look,” describes Lawrence who has taken the catwalk to celebrate diversity at the Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris during Paris Fashion Week. Lawrence’s advocacy for body positivity doesn’t stop there: She works with the NEDA as a brand ambassador working to acknowledge the issues and promote the resources offered. “For a long time, issues like mental health and eating disorder weren’t talked about and still have a stigma around them. It’s important to normalize them, and it’s okay to seek help,” she affirms as the organization is geared towards raising awareness of the disorders, creating communities for support and recovery, funding research, and giving life-saving resources into the effort.

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Stella Magazine – February 2019

Iskra is the cover star of this sunday’s Stella Magazine. Read her interview down below ↓

 

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Dough Launches Doughnut with Model Iskra Lawrence for Fashion Month

Iskra just launched her very own Doughnut with the doughnut shop “Dough” for fashion month.

Artisinal doughnut shop Dough has collaborated with model Iskra Lawrence for a limited edition doughnut only available during Fashion Month. The brioche doughnut is topped with a white chocolate and raspberry glaze along with a white chocolate drizzle and dried raspberries and is available through the end of February. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this collaborative doughnut will benefit the efforts of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Iskra is a brand ambassador for NEDA as well as an #AerieReal Role Model who supports body positivity and self-care. She said,

“I am beyond excited that Dough has created a doughnut in my name to celebrate fashion month. The Iskra doughnut is made with some of my all-time favorite flavors and natural ingredients. It’s a fun reminder that we should all be able to savor life’s special moments, reject any social pressure or toxic diet culture messaging, and try to stay focused on fully enjoying our lives and love for food!”

Dough has done some VIP collaborations in the past, including ones with Chrissy Teigen and Kevin Durant. Dough owner Steve Klein said this one came to be because,

“I’d seen Iskra eating our doughnuts, and she always had such a great reaction to them, so we already knew she was a fan. We love the work she does, and the fact that she is a model who still enjoys sweets. I sent her an Instagram DM, and let her know that we’d like to make a doughnut for her, and she was ecstatic. She let me know her favorite flavors are white chocolate and raspberry, so our chef Laura Palace came up with a phenomenal glaze that blends both of those, and topped it off with fresh dried raspberries and a white chocolate drizzle.”

source: downtownmagazinenyc.com

Hello! Fashion Magazine // February 2019

Iskra is the cover star of the February issue of Hello! Fashion Magazine.