The curvy model is teaching us how to embrace our bodies, "flaws" and all.

By Faith Brar
Updated: January 31, 2017

Iskra Lawrence has made her way into our hearts by standing up to body shaming trolls and redefining what it means to be plus-size. As if we had any doubts about how much the body-positive model loves, respects and appreciates her body-she recently shared an empowering reminder about rising above society's slim idea of beauty.

"Your fat rolls are beautiful. And the only 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," she recently wrote on Instagram. "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 is among a slew of women who've been using their social media influence to prove how deceptive photos can be. More likely than not, the perfectly posed images we've grown to admire and envy are a result of perfect lighting, posture and at times, photoshop. Still, it can seem that those pictures are a reality, when in fact, they are anything but.

"As a model in the industry 13 years I've seen nearly all the pics chosen of me for lingerie and 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," Iskra continues. "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."

Keeping that in mind, the young model goes a step further and accompanies a video with her Instagram post to show just how easy it is to change your posture and transform the way you look. She also revealed how being featured in campaigns for companies like Aerie has taught her a new kind of self-love as she was asked to model her body just the way it is-"flaws" and all.

"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," she said. "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."

Watch her eye-opening video below.



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