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…

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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.

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