Iskra Lawrence shows off her curves in skimpy bikini while sharing a message on body positivity
Iskra Lawrence is considered one of the pioneers of the body confidence movement and is widely known for her distaste for photoshopped images on social media. On Tuesday, the model took to Instagram to post some sizzling bikini pictures and she supplanted the pictures with an important and empowering message about self-belief.
The 27-year-old plus-size model looked absolutely ravishing in a tiny neon orange two-piece. She seemed extremely happy, healthy, and confident as she posed for the camera. Accompanying her skimpy bikini was a pair of sandals which, when put together, read "self-made."
In her post caption, she wrote, "I’m self-made because even when I was dropped for being too curvy and also told I was too small to be a plus-size model I didn’t take no for an answer then spent the last 14 years getting to where I am now — surviving my Eating Disorder and challenging the need to retouch, moving to NY on my own with some money I’d saved up and creating the life I dreamt of on my own."
"Just because you get hundreds of no’s or people who don’t believe in you - never stop believing in yourself. Even if your family aren’t rich, connected or famous - doesn’t mean you can’t make it, you just have to hustle even harder," she added.
The famous plus-size model continued, "Even if people laugh in your face, if you believe you can do it, chase your dreams. The harder it is to get there the more rewarding it will be. Use even the negative energy to fuel your drive and passion. Celebrate the small victories and learn lessons from your mistakes and failures."
Iskra then tried to simplify the meaning of the term 'self-made' in the way that she describes it for herself. "Self-made doesn’t have a single definition.... if you’re a single parent working your a$ off at work and at home you’re self-made. If you're starting your own business tryna get it off the ground you’re self-made. If you made it through high school or just starting a new course you’re self-made."
She also gave out a very important message to her thousands of social media followers on the importance of being positive and happy in your own skin. "It’s time to not just celebrate what we are told or shown as success but celebrating ourselves and everyone around us. What makes YOU Self Made? I wanna know and I want us to inspire and uplift each other."
Lawrence's empowering message comes after she shared a side-by-side image earlier comparing her own unedited photo with an edited version from the FaceTune app. She wanted to make people aware of how the app's feature of 'subtle editing' can make other people believe someone looks a certain way naturally when they actually don't.
"The 1st pic on the left is me. The REAL me. No editing, posted up the pic exactly how it was when I took it,' Iskra wrote next to the side-by-side images. Pic no. 2 on the right well this is the FaceTuned version of me... It only took me about two mins to edit myself [sic]."