Supermodel Iskra Lawrence wants you to know that you are beautiful, and so are your fat rolls.
The only reason we believe that they aren’t, said the supermodel, is because we don’t see them in the media unless someone’s being ridiculed over their weight. Because of body poses and photoshopping, society has been lead to believe it’s not as attractive to have rolls.
“This is NOT the truth and not OK,” the 26-year-old beauty wrote in a recent Instagram post that received over 194,000 likes in less than three days.
“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 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.”
In a brief YouTube clip, an underwear-clad Lawrence demonstrates with “the power of posing” just how easy it is to have a flat tummy one minute and rolls the next.
“Either way is beautiful because our bodies are freaking amazing and deserve our love for so much more than just what they look like.”
The size 14 model has always been vocal about fashion industry standards, and suggests we need to celebrate our bodies for more than just trying to make them look perfect.
“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,” she said, but suggests that things are changing for the better.
The 5’9″ stunner specifically credits the Aerie Real ad campaign for challenging supermodel standards by featuring un-airbrushed models in underwear apparel.
“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.”
When she saw her first campaign with the unretouched photos—back fat and all—she was initially shocked. Her mood quickly turned joyful because the photos made her feel good enough. Having flaws didn’t mean she wasn’t beautiful, in fact they proved that models don’t have to be flawless, and that’s what’s truly empowering.
“That’s why when I started my Insta about 3 years ago I created the #everyBODYisbeautiful,” the model concludes her post. “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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