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Plus-Sized Model Endeavors to Launch an Unretouched Photo Revolution

By Grainger Heavensbee | Social Media | November 19, 2015 |

By Grainger Heavensbee | Social Media | November 19, 2015 |


Twenty-five year-old Iskra Lawrence is a plus-sized model, and often when plus-sized models who look like Lawrence are featured, our comments section takes issue with the categorization. Let’s skip past that and just acknowledge that Lawrence is gorgeous and the modeling industry is f*cked up.

The important thing here is that Lawrence is spearheading an effort to encourage the fashion industry to use unretouched photos to highlight that women are beautiful, flaws and all. Take, for instance, this unretouched ad she shot for American Eagle.

✨💕I'm sooooo happy to share this totally unretouched pic with you all - this is exactly why I'm so proud to be #AerieReal because yes I workout and am in shape but still you get squidgy bits and rolls and that's perfectly imperfectly beautiful! Don't ever be ashamed of your body it's your home and the more you love and respect it the happier you will be! 😚❤️ for help and support if you're struggling with your body & self esteem follow @nedastaff & @proud2bmeus you are not alone and we are here to help 💕 And I can't wait to meet you all in Wisconsin 😬🙌🏻🦄 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful

A photo posted by 🌙iskra✨ (@iamiskra) on

Nothing about that is not insanely hot.

Lawrence has also launched a website, RunwayRiot, and though it is a fashion, style, and beauty site for women of all sizes, Lawrence seems most interested in making the 65 to 70 percent of women who feel “invisible” more comfortable with themselves and their bodies, particularly since less than 20 percent of clothing sales are targeted to women who wear size 14 and larger, as she explains on Good Morning America.

She’s also very popular on Instagram, where she posts unretouched photos of herself eating cake.

✨🍰🍫 so this happened shooting today with my homie @radiant_child_ @offtherailsmag because I don't only train to be healthy & strong it's also so I can eat CAKE CAKE CAKE… 🎂🎂🎂 tag a friend who loves CAKE😛 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful 🚫 no retouching on these thighs

A photo posted by 🌙iskra✨ (@iamiskra) on

✨🐙🦀🤗🌊 firstly yay new emojis… Secondly this is a pic of me in a bikini yes but I'm posting it because I love that you can see my thread veins… Who told us things like cellulite, stretch marks & my thread veins are a "flaw" It's YOUR beautiful unique body these are your lightening bolts ⚡️ & tiger strips 🐯 and make you one of a kind.. #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful 🦄📷 by @joseph_bradley_photo Thread Veins can also be called Varicose veins - they are usually hereditary and or/ poor circulation

A photo posted by 🌙iskra✨ (@iamiskra) on

I know, I know: You’re still hung up on how she could be classified as plus-sized. As a refresher, here’s a side-by-side comparison a regular-sized person and a supermodel to put things into perspective for you.

via Uproxx



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