Model's 'spot the difference' Instagram post proves an important point

Iskra Lawrence is a plus size model from who regularly advocates for body positivity and acceptance, regardless of size.

Model shares side-by-side comparison to show how easy it is to alter an image (Photo via Instagram)

In a recent Instagram photo, the 27-year-old showed how easy it is to make subtle changes to an image that drastically alter the final product.

Spot the difference. The 1st [sic] pic on the left is me. The REAL me. No editing, posted up the pic exactly how it was when I took it. Pic no.2  on the right, well this is the FaceTuned version of me,” she wrote.

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The model said it took two minutes to edit the photo to give herself a smoother complexion, deeper tan, more defined neck and flat stomach. She also calls out her fellow Instagram influencers for posting seemingly candid photos with heavy editing.

“It only took me about 2 mins [sic] to edit myself – even saying that makes me feel… *🤮🤮🤮*. I wanted to keep the pic somewhat natural looking because this is what’s all over the gram (subtle editing) and images you’re consuming every single day, everywhere you look,” she wrote.

And without a side by side like this many people believe that this is how people look ‘naturally.'”

“For me social media is the most damaging place where images are made to look ‘real and candid’ but in reality 100 pics were taken and then they were photoshopped or FaceTuned,” she continued.

With more than 185,000 likes and 1,200 comments, the Aerie model struck a chord with followers. Some fans thanked Lawrence for her honesty, while others couldn’t believe such an app existed.

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Oh my god! I didn’t know there was such a thing as FaceTune – mental! I am clearly clueless when it comes to apps. Thanks for sharing this,” commented one follower.

Love this caption! It’s so important to be the most authentic version of yourself because it shows other people that it’s OK to be themselves too. Thank you for leading the way,” added another. 

Although she once struggled with budget dysmorphia, she now uses her experiences to inspire her younger fans to seek self love.

You can see the beauty in others as well as the beauty within yourself,” she wrote. “Facetune or photoshop will not make you happier or more confident. Finding the things you can be grateful for and love about yourself will.”

Lawrence credits her family and friends for supporting her through tough times, encouraging her to build a healthy relationship with her health and body.

“The real you is good enough so let’s start celebrating that.”

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