Category Archives: photoshoot

The Prince’s Trust & L’Oreal – International Women’s Day

Iskra is part of the new International Women’s Day campaign of The Prince’s Trust & L’Oreal. She’s joined by Geri Horner, Helen Mirren, Denis Lewis and Neelam Gill.

 

SELF-WORTH. WORTH SHARING.

Young women are facing their own additional obstacles with confidence levels, self-belief and self-worth alarmingly low. We worked with The Prince’s Trust to survey over 3000 young people and found that:

– 40% of young women aged 16-25 say they don’t believe in themselves

– Half of all UK young women aged 11-25 feel like they are not being listened to (50%)

– Over half (52%) of young women aged 11-25 say that having a mentor in their life would make them feel more confident about their future

That’s why we’re putting a spotlight on The Prince’s Trust’s Women Supporting Women initiative, connecting young women to women who will support them in transforming self-doubt to self-worth.

What is Women Supporting Women?

The Women Supporting Women initiative empowers young women in challenging circumstances by sharing knowledge, advice and support, helping them to move forward with renewed confidence into a job, training, education or to start a business.

Because self-worth is worth sharing.

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.

Read more on pulsespikes.com

Persona by Marina Rinaldi – Spring/Summer 2020

Iskra is back with Persona and modeling for their spring/summer 2020 collection.

 

Iskra, your 2020 #AerieREAL Role Model

Iskra is our original #AerieREAL Role Model, a Self-Care Activist, NEDA Ambassador, and soon-to-be mama! As a pioneer in the body confidence movement and a strong advocate for mental health and wellness, Iskra’s mission is to inspire everyone to love their REAL selves, inside and out.

If you know Aerie, you know Iskra. She’s been part of the fam since the early days of #AerieREAL, and we’ve been so proud to support this changemaker as she inspires and empowers everyone she meets.

source: aerie

 

 

 

Gallery Update

I’m back from holiday & fuly updated the gallery.

 

 

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!

 

Persona by Marina Rinaldi – Autum/Winter 2019

The first pictures of the new Autum/Winter 2019 campaign of Persona by Marina Rinaldi were released.

 

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.”

read the interview here

 

Iskra Lawrence Shares Her Affirmation | L’Oreal Paris & The Princes Trust | Get Involved

My Perfect Nude Lipstick, by Iskra

Iskra is releasing her My Perfect Nude, by Iskra” lipstick in collaboration with L’Oreal Paris & the Prince’s Trust. The lipstick will launch on April 27th 2019 and you can preorder it here for £9.99.

My Perfect Nude Lipstick, by Iskra

Introducing the perfect peach-toned nude lipstick, created by Iskra.

Using the classic Color Riche lipstick formula, packed with pure pigments for vivid colour and enriched with oils for hydration and comfort, L’Oreal Paris is excited to be collaborating with four power women to create four limited edition nude lipsticks, as unique as each woman. This ultimate girl squad spent hours in L’Oreal Paris lab creating their personal take on ‘the perfect nude’ lipstick. The soft matte black packing was then signed by them in gold, giving every lipstick their seal of approval.

Iskra’s inspiration: “The existing L’Oreal Paris shade 642 (Shine – MLBB) has been my shade ever since I found it. Then sometimes I like to throw in a little 908 (Matte – Storm). I wanted to merge the two and create this perfect hybrid. I’m obsessed with my perfect nude and I know you’re going to love it too.”

50p from the sale of every lipstick is donated to The Prince’s Trust.

L’Oreal Paris X The Prince’s Trust – Transforming Self-Doubt To Self-Worth

L’Oreal Paris has always believed that everyone is worth it, whoever you are, wherever you’re from.

Since February 2017, with ambassadors, employees and The Prince’s Trust we’ve been helping young people through the “All Worth It” training programme, online and in all Prince’s Trust centres, helping to transform self-doubt into self-worth for thousands of young people across the UK.

Iskra, Emily, AJ and Kaushal have all been involved with The Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal Paris for several years. Each cares passionately about the good work of The Trust and so, with the Limited Edition lipstick collection, 50p per lipstick sold will be donated to the charity – benefiting the lives of young people who are unemployed or struggling at school through practical and financial support