No one could ever say that Iskra Lawrence doesn’t love her body. She has repeatedly called for no retouching of her photos, and has opened up emotionally and physically to talk about her body. But that wasn’t always the case for the model, who started working at 13 and went to drastic means to get her changing body to conform to the unforgiving standards of the fashion industry.
You can imagine why she might have pushed so hard to make her body fit the mold. She told the magazine, “I remember a stylist asking ‘Why is this fat model here?'” Hearing that type of shaming language can’t ever be easy, even for someone with crazy-high self-esteem.
“Despite being 5-foot-9 with a size 10 waist [size 6 U.S.] and a size 14 bottom [size 10 U.S.], I’m a ‘plus-size’ model,” Iskra said. “I think the term is so backwards; it has negative connotations but applies to 60 percent of women.”
When fighting back against her own body was no longer working, Iskra said, “I finally came to the realization that I was beautiful as I was; I didn’t need to change, attitudes did.”