26 year-old plus-size model Iskra Lawrence rocked a pair of denim shorts as she recorded a segment for her EveryBODY program on Venice Beach in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon.
On how she doesn’t diet:
I haven’t dieted for years, maybe like seven years now.
On her body image philosophy:
I want to show that every person deserves to feel beautiful and love themselves no matter what other people say or what they see in the media. Instagram has changed my life both personally and professionally. It is has given me a platform to help young women and men who struggle with body-image and self-esteem, which were issues that I dealt with growing up.
I stopped caring what people think a long time ago. I think it’s the best thing that came out of getting into modelling at such a young age, going to castings and being criticised. It gave me such a thick skin that now I’m like, “You know what? I don’t care what people think.”
On whether she lost weight since becoming famous:
I’ve been reading a few of your comments saying I’ve lost weight & need to stop working out erm no. First off our bodies are allowed to fluctuate its natural, and also no one else has the right to tell you what to do with your body. That’s why it’s called yours. I love posting pics celebrating this body I have & I love seeing communities online where woman & men feel free to share their pics & are doing it because THEY want to.
On how she became a successful model:
People see the finished product but don’t know the 13-year struggle behind it. They don’t know what I went through, that I had to think outside the box, how I used social media to grow, how I networked, how I’ve spoken at different places. I’ve even spoken at Harvard! The more you try to be like someone else, the less successful you’re going to be,’ she said. ‘You need to be different. That’s what’s going to make you stand out.
On how skinnier doesn’t always mean healthier and the weight transformation she’s been through:
Made a vid about my own Transformation Tuesday 👆link in my bio👆 (the left is a pic from a couple months ago and the right is from 6/7 years ago)
I wanted to share this pic because my transformation was so much more than weight & muscle gain. I went through a mental transformation too. … People may assume that the pic on the right where I’m 3 dress sizes smaller that I was healthier. Because we are conditioned to believe it’s a compliment when someone has lost weight or it’s everyone’s desire to “lose a few lbs”. However I was obsessed to an unhealthy extreme and as you can see the image is HIGHLY photoshopped and all those years ago that’s what I wanted. I thought the skinner I was the more “perfected” I was I’d be happier and a more successful model. Letting go of that pursuit of perfection was the best thing I ever did. And instead of wanting to change my body I started working on being the best version of myself from the inside out and that made me happier and more confident. .. Everyone’s transformations look different and that’s such a beautiful thing. Just always do it for YOU, and know YOU are good enough and worthy of feeling happy, healthy and confident. Look after yourself, practise self-care and let the real you shine. ..