Iskra Lawrence has taken her role as a model and transformed into a body-positive advocate, spreading messages of self-love across the world with her candid social media posts. Now, she's challenging everything the media has us believing about our fat rolls and it's incredibly powerful. After seeing how the industry has chosen certain flattering photos of her over the realistic images for lingerie or swimwear campaigns, Iskra has decided to record a video to spread the message that our fat rolls are beautiful!
"Your fat rolls are beautiful," she wrote on Instagram. "And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren't is because we don't see them in the media unless someone's being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty."
Iskra posted two side-by-side photos on Instagram to show her fans that it really is all in the pose. No matter how someone looks while they're relaxing comfortably, they can sit up straight and flatten their stomachs in seconds. Just because we often don't see models with "rolls" in beautiful campaigns, it does not mean that they don't have them.
She explained that even she was ashamed of her stomach rolls because of her previous photo shoots hiding those "flaws," but times are changing and there are amazing body-positive Instagram accounts that encourage us to love these natural parts of our bodies. Iskra said that she's thankful for these accounts and her work with Aerie — the first brand that chose her natural photos. She said she's going to make more of a conscious effort to post Instagram photos that show the real her, rolls and all.
"If there is a cute shot where I have some rolls showing or whatever, I'm not scared to post that," she said in the video. "I'm not scared to sit here in my underwear and make this video for you guys because this is my body. You know, it really doesn't matter. I just wish we saw more if it because I think if I had growing up I would have known that it was OK if that happens or if you have some fat coming over your jeans."
Watch the full video above and be inspired by Iskra's powerful message.
Your fat rolls are beautiful🙌 ⬆️I made a video about them (link in my bio)⬆️ And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren't is because we don't see them in the media unless someone's being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. 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. (I filmed myself doing this for you on my YouTube) As a model in the industry 13years 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. 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. But things are changing 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. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my unretouched body - pics with rolls / back fat I'm not gonna lie I was shocked. That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those "flaws" didn't mean I wasn't beautiful in fact showing that their models didn't have to be "flawless" was incredibly empowering. So thank you #AerieReal and everyone who created the movement it's not just game changing but life changing ILY😘 And that's why when I started my insta about 3years ago I created the #everyBODYisbeautiful bc we are more than the sum of our perfections we are all beautiful equal souls living in imperfectly perfect bodies.