Iskra: ‘I’m Trying To Change The Conversation About Size’
One of this week’s three cover stars, Iskra Lawrence, 25, is on a mission to change how we feel about our bodies, one crisp packet at a time…
Iskra Lawrence is the girl we’ve fallen in love with. The Brit model has been slowly but surely building up a huge online fan base (1.7m Instafans and counting), catching the world’s attention when she hit back at body shamers last month by posting a video of herself rolling around in packets of crisps. Now she’s one of our inspirational Simply Be cover stars this week, alongside our other stunning models Ali Tate and Sinead, so we sat down for a chat…
Hi, Iskra! How did you get into modelling?
I started at 13, but got dropped because my hips were too big. After that I tried extreme dieting and exercise. When I heard about plus size, I was annoyed I was too small for that. It was the final straw and I was like: ‘I’m going to be a size 14 and prove everybody wrong.’
When do you feel at your most confident?
Being on set is a powerful moment for me because for so many years I was told I wasn’t good enough and my size wasn’t right. So for a brand to put you in a bikini and say: ‘We love you for who you are,’ I feel so empowered.
There’s a lot of focus on the word ‘plus’ in this industry – what should we be saying instead of that?
Ideally, nothing. My problem with the word ‘plus’ is that it’s a label. And I think we label people too much.
Have you been a victim of body shaming?
I’ve had really misogynistic, disgusting comments, or: ‘You’re promoting obesity.’
When someone makes a comment like that, how does it make you feel?
I usually ignore it. It was only that one occasion recently with the crisps video where I took it as an opportunity to stand up and turn a negative into a positive.
There’s been a lot of criticism recently about how we’re losing the real values of feminism and focusing too much on nudity. What do you think?
I feel like we should encourage nudity in the sense of appreciating a woman’s body as more than just a sexual object. When we shot the Look cover in Lanzarote with Simply Be, I was thinking: ‘This is amazing, look at all the differences.’ We should be growing up seeing that.
What’s your main ambition?
I want to encourage education. Health isn’t a size. I want to change the conversation. It’s about setting realistic goals of just being the best version of you.
Iskra says she feels ‘empowered’ to be a bikini model
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‘Health is not a size’