#GirlBosses That Inspire Us: 6 Reasons We Love Iskra Lawrence

Iskra Lawrence is an Aerie model that has a beautiful soul + outlook on life. Most popular models are super thin + retouch their photos, but Iskra is different.  Although the industry deems her a *plus-sized model,* she refuses to have any of her pictures photoshopped or edited. She is a role model for all women + deserves to be recognized for being so amazing.

1] SHE REFUSES TO POST ANY RETOUCHED // FILTERED PICTURES

As we all know, social media is such an influential part of today’s society. Unfortunately, most photos we see on social media aren’t the real thing — they’re edited, filtered, + retouched. This can lead to women striving to be perfect + have no flaws.  Iskra Lawrence, falling victim to low self-esteem at a young age, decided to take a stand against these unrealistic standards. All her photos posted on social media are not retouched or filtered — they are all raw + real. She expands her influence by modeling for #AerieREAL advertisements. In 2014, Iskra even shot a non-photoshopped calendar to raise money for cervical cancer.

2] SHE ENCOURAGES THAT #everyBODYisbeautiful

All of Iskra’s posts on instagram are captioned using the hashtag #everyBODYisbeautiful. She believes that every body shape is beautiful in its own way + that deceptive industry standards shouldn’t determine what body type is beautiful // attractive. CHAARG girls, of course, agree that every body is beautiful : )

3] SHE IS CONFIDENT

Iskra will post pictures without makeup or where her stretch marks are visible. She loves her body + takes care of it. She exercises regularly + fuels her body with healthy foods, but she treats herself when she has cravings. She is transparent + even posts photos of herself eating donuts + brownies — all while looking gorgeous! Her confidence inspires all girls to love themselves exactly as they are.

4] SHE WORKS TO REDUCE EATING DISORDERS

++ Iskra wants everyone else to *keep it real* + do the same. She frequently collaborates with the National Eating Disorder Association [NEDA] to help encourage girls + women to overcome eating disorders, often prompted by society’s standards. She helped create a NEDA *Seal of Approval* to expand realistic modeling within the industry. Iskra understands the prevalence of eating disorders in young women + is actively trying to change the way women approach eating.

5] SHE RESPONDS TO HATERS

On a daily basis, Iskra receives thousands of hateful comments about her size. Although these comments used to make her extremely insecure, she now realizes she has to do what makes HER happy — so she confidently responded to her haters with this photo.

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6] SHE BELIEVES STRONG > SKINNY

When Iskra was a teenager, she was thinner, but nowhere near healthy. She didn’t take care of herself + was insecure. Although she now wears a bigger size, she treats herself + her body much better. If she can’t go to the gym, she works out in her home or hotel room + will frequently post videos of her workouts. She promotes strength in women.

We <3 Iskra + hope that she inspires you to be your strongest + best version of yourself while loving yourself every step of the way. Tag us + Iskra on Instagram sharing how you embrace #everyBODYisbeautiful!

++ Soula [soula_inchaarg] // UMD CHAARG

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