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Both of these images are of me. The left is about 10years ago. And the right just under a month ago. I remember being proud of how skinny I looked during this shoot. And how now people call me fat when I’m just happy to be alive and grateful for this body I call my home. I used to seek approval from the fashion industry and tried to be “perfect”. I thought if I looked like “her” (an unrealistic beauty ideal), I’d be happy, successful and loved. All I found was failure (because you can’t change who you are) emptiness (because my time and energy was being used up trying to achieve something completely self absorbed and shallow sacrificing doing things I loved) and unhappiness (because no restrictive diet or abusive exercise feels good) I share my experiences with you all because if you are feeling like I did there is another way and those recovering from EDs you’re not alone. The best thing I ever did was focus on looking after myself and being the best me I could be. Seeing value in who I was. The impact I could have in the world and people around me. Trying to give, instead of focusing on myself, my image and needing approval from others. And accepting that I am meant to be here just like you, and we were all created to be imperfectly perfect. I started Investing time into self-care, doing things that made me happy. Listening to my body and mind and nourishing them both, without guilt. That is 10years all squished into a lil insta caption but it did take time but it was soooo damn worth it. Because of what I went through My dream has always been to get self-care (mental, emotional and physical wellness) education into schools. And I’ve started that, but I also wanted to create something for adults that still needed a safe space that’s judgement free to go on a positive journey of self love and that’s why I created @everyBODYwithiskra I don’t have all the answers and I’m not ever trying to change anyone or tell people to do this and that etc. But I felt the need to create this as I wish I could have had this when I was struggling and if I’m able to use that to help even one person even better. If you’re triggered by this post please contact @neda ❤️
Iskra Lawrence is a model known across the world for her body-positive activism and her raw honesty. She regularly encourages women everywhere to engage in self-care as much as they can, because a healthy woman is a beautiful woman. Iskra is adding to the body-positive conversation yet again with her latest Instagram post. It's a before-and-after, and although she is much thinner in the photo on the left from "about 10 years ago," Iskra wrote about how much happier and healthier she is today.
"I remember being proud of how skinny I looked during this shoot," she wrote about the picture on the left. "And how now people call me fat when I'm just happy to be alive and grateful for this body I call my home."
For Iskra, being comfortable in your own skin and happy with yourself is about so much more than the number on the scale or how "thin" you look. "I used to seek approval from the fashion industry and tried to be 'perfect'. I thought if I looked like 'her' (an unrealistic beauty ideal), I'd be happy, successful and loved," she wrote. "All I found was failure (because you can't change who you are)."
She shared that she used to put herself through harmful diets and excessive exercise in an attempt to fit in and please others. But she soon realized that life is so much better when you truly take care of yourself, rather than trying to meet any ideal beauty standards.
"The best thing I ever did was focus on looking after myself and being the best me I could be," she shared. "Seeing value in who I was. The impact I could have in the world and people around me. Trying to give, instead of focusing on myself, my image and needing approval from others."
Iskra also shared that her dream has been to "get self-care (mental, emotional and physical wellness) education into schools." She also "wanted to create something for adults that still needed a safe space that's judgement free to go on a positive journey of self love." That's why she created the wellness Instagram account called everyBODYwithiskra, and it's already got 81,000 followers!
She's certainly one of our favorite body-positive activists, and we can't wait to see what other work she has up her sleeve. Because the more women out there who can find peace and happiness in their own skin like Iskra did, the better this world will be!