The model and body pos activist is opening up about how photo retouching won't boost your self-esteem.
When we think of the anti-Photoshop movement, British model and body-pos acitivist Iskra Lawrence is one of the first names to come to mind. Not only is she the face of #AerieREAL, but the posts she regularly shares with her 3.5 million Instagram followers are all about embracing your curves and beauty sans retouching.
Earlier this week, Iskra really hammered that message home with throwback photos of herself that are nearly unrecognizable—proving the effects Photoshop and similar editing programs can have. (Related: This Iskra Lawrence TED Talk Will Change the Way You Look at Your Body.)
You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is Well it's me! About 6/7years ago. I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is... I'm HEAVILY retouched. That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine - a computer programme did that. The full thick hair - extensions. Push up bra Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it... I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!! Yep I thought if I had 'perfected' images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful. When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn't even look like or relate to the image of myself! So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren't real. Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What's real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that's what makes you magical, unique and beautiful. My self-care Sunday this week is all about retouching (link to watch in my bio) So I go into way more detail about these images and my experiences. #everyBODYisbeautiful
"You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is. Well, it's me! About 6 or 7 years ago," she writes. "I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is: I'm HEAVILY retouched."
She continues by pointing out that a computer is the reason why it looks like she has "smooth a$$ skin," along with a tighter waist and smaller arms and legs. She also opens up about how her heavily retouched body appealed to her at the time. "I wanted to look like this!" she added. "Yep, I thought if I had 'perfected' images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs [and it] would make me happy and successful."
Iskra shares that it wasn't till much later that she learned these Photoshopped images of herself did nothing but fuel "more insecurities and body image issues"—because the person she saw in the pictures wasn't her at all. "Please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren't real," she concludes her post. "Perfect does NOT exist, so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What's real is YOU – your imperfectly perfect self, that's what makes you magical, unique and beautiful."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.