By Michaela Del Viscovo
I think it’s safe to say Iskra Lawrence has shut down the wrath of body shaming better than any other company’s million dollar campaign efforts. This 25-year-old British model started off her fame by implementing the idea of body positivity into young girls’ heads through her authentic Instagram posts of her flaunting her curvy figure- and being proud of it!
Lawrence is a model for Aerie and the managing editor of Runaway Riot, a website meant for women of all shapes and sizes. But over the past year she has quickly gained a stronger following through her Instagram. Upon scrolling through Lawrence’s feed you’ll find tons of images of Lawrence in her in her truest form. Images of her with no makeup, sweating at the gym, and bikini photos that aren’t retouched are only some of the types of photos you’ll find on this model’s Instagram. What sets Lawrence apart from other models (other than not retouching her photos) is her curvaceous body, which happened to be considered plus-sized by the fashion industry’s standards. By putting out these raw images of her body with encouraging captions, she is making the transgression of body positivity real and happening.
The post the media and public initially were shocked by was this post proving that attaining a thigh gap in pictures is merely a matter of positioning one’s hips a certain way. Even though everybody knows this, no one has had the guts to admit it.
Despite that Lawrence is making huge strides to end body shaming, she has received a significant amount of body shaming herself. A comment on one of Lawrence’s photos read: ““Fat cow. It’s only cus every Fr on this planet is obese that that’s the norm… Plus-size models? give me a F*g breaking. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald’s, the NHS is fd because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps,” and countless others have accused her of promoting obesity. Comments like these are not uncommon by any means, but Lawrence managed to come up with the perfect response. In one post, she decided to film herself eating a bag of chips in her underwear as a huge F-U in the face to her haters, and in another post she photographed herself laying on the floor surrounded by bags of chips. Genius.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Lawrence said that she believes it is necessary to “educate the victim and the bully” by “teaching them to love themselves the bully is less likely to put their insecurities onto another and the victim can feel confident in who they are.” She made sure to stand up for herself to make an example for young girls who are looking up to HER. For Lawrence, putting a positive twist on a negative situation is the best way to deal with life’s problems, and body shaming included.
One thing for sure is that Lawrence is not slowing down anytime soon. The model recently spoke about her newest positivity campaign called #HeartNotHate. This initiative asks women to take a photo of a family member or friend, upload it to social media and compliment them tagging #HeartNotHate in an effort to combat body shaming and encourage body positivity.
Out of all the body positive efforts flooding media over the past year, Lawrence’s have definitely stood out. The ubiquitous saying: “haters are my motivators” couldn’t hold more true in Lawrence’s case.