We find out what makes model Iskra Lawrence tick

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Busy days start with a smoothie, boosted with plenty of fruit and veg­gies. I love that some­thing I’m able to grab so eas­ily can leave me feel­ing nour­ished. Although, if I have a bit more time, I’ll head out for eggs Bene­dict. I never drink tea or cof­fee – I keep my en­ergy up by drink­ing two to three litres of wa­ter ev­ery day.


I travel a lot and it’s easy to lose mo­ti­va­tion be­tween time zones. But I know that get­ting the blood pump­ing around my body is the best thing for my flag­ging en­ergy lev­els. So, wher­ever I am, I com­mit to work­ing out three times a week. I’ll block out an hour and do a com­bi­na­tion of my EV­ERY­BODY With Iskra fit­ness videos on Youtube, start­ing with some HIIT and fin­ish­ing with yoga.


I’m a big be­liever in sur­round­ing your­self with peo­ple who build you up. I’m a long-time fan of the @nour­is­han­deat In­sta­gram ac­count – and I ac­tu­ally ended up be­com­ing friends with Gina, who runs it. It’s ded­i­cated to eat­ing dis­or­der re­cov­ery and self-care. I learn so much scrolling through her feed – and it al­ways leaves me feel­ing in­cred­i­ble.


The days I feel down on my body are few and far be­tween, but ran­dom things can take me back to my early mod­el­ling days, when I was con­vinced I wasn’t good enough. The other day I nearly cried in a chang­ing room when I couldn’t get a pair of jeans – the largest size the store had – over my knees. I had to stop those thoughts and re­mind my­self: you are enough.


If I feel like a brownie, I’ll eat a brownie. The same goes for Häa­gen-dazs Bel­gian Choco­late ice cream. I eat in­tu­itively and I love it: I don’t feel con­trolled by calo­ries or as if I have to fin­ish what’s on my plate. I’m able to en­joy the taste of food, con­fi­dent in the knowl­edge that I’ll stop when I’m full.


One of the best things about trav­el­ling so much for work is get­ting to try so many dif­fer­ent cuisines. Right now, I’m in LA and tak­ing full ad­van­tage of their in­ven­tive restau­rants. My favourite is a ve­gan Mex­i­can place in West Hol­ly­wood called Gra­cias Madre. I can’t go there and not order the na­chos. Their gua­camole is the best.


My cur­rent train­ing sound­track is Tory Lanez’s new al­bum. It’s up­beat R&B, but re­lax­ing too; I don’t like any­thing too in­tense when I’m work­ing out. And I love Solange: her mu­sic, her style – ev­ery­thing she stands for. I sat next to her on a flight once and she was just amaz­ing.


Grat­i­tude lists are great, and they don’t have to be a soli­tary ac­tiv­ity. One of my friends is hav­ing a tough time at work right now so, in the morn­ing, ev­ery­one in our What­sapp group will share their grat­i­tude list for the day. It’s hi­lar­i­ous – some­times they’ll be things as mun­dane as, ‘I ate my favourite muffin this morn­ing.’ I love hav­ing that pos­i­tive back-and-forth ev­ery day.

STATS Age: 27 Job: Model Fit­ness MO: Video work­outs Favourite treat: Bel­gian Choco­late Häa­gen-dazs

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