Lawrence poses body-positive social media message

With warmer weather quickly approaching, many may feel pressured to get ready to share bikini photos on social media. But one model is here to tell us that we don’t have to.

According to Cosmopolitanmodel and Aerie REAL model Iskra Lawrence recently posted a fresh patch of bikini photos to Instagram, and along with them, a caption that offered that not every bikinigram has to be accompanied by a body-positive message or a “philosophical caption.” Instead, she offered that we all should feel comfortable posting as much or as little as we want, showing as much or as little as we want — because all of us are deserving of respect.

“A bikini pic or anything else doesn’t have to have a philosophical caption or be about body posi because maybe it seems more purposeful now or demands more respect,” she wrote in her post’s caption, Cosmo reports. “You deserve the same respect regardless of what you choose to wear.”

Lawrence wanted to make one other thing clear: we all shouldn’t feel pressure to “post swim or underwear pics for likes, follows or because u see people like me doing it. Your comfort and confidence is wayyyy more important, so stay true to you.”

And with that, Lawrence wrapped up her comments with a cool “no airbrushin no problem” and sent us on our body-positive, feeling-confident way. And sometimes, that all we need is a quick reminder to do what works for us.


Raisman, Shahidi star in new Aerie campaign

The AerieREAL campaign just got a brand-new crop of role models.

According to InStyle, the body-positive intimates line recruited U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, actor Yara Shahidi and singer Rachel Platten to join their AerieREAL campaign as Role Models, starring alongside brand ambassador and model Iskra Lawrence. Debuting the latest installment of the campaign last week, InStyle says while the ad features the group totally unretouched in the brand’s signature underwear, this isn’t the only way they will be representing Aerie and it’s mission.

In fact, “the AerieREAL Role Models will host speaking engagements in stores, and design exclusive products with 100 percent of sales going to the charities of their choice,” reports InStyle. Jennifer Foyle, Aerie global brand president, certainly thinks that the group of models will have no problem creating change and inspiring others, saying in a statement they “embody AerieREAL and what it means to be strong, confident, and happy in your own skin.”

Proving Foyle right already in their initial statements for the brand, each Role Model shared what they hope to impart to women and girls in their time with the campaign.

“We’ve all been through something that, in the end, will make you a stronger person,” Raisman offered, while Platten said that “In being more vulnerable and having the courage to share my truths even more, I’ve learned that more people feel like that gives them permission to do the same.”

Watch Raisman, Shahidi, Platten and Lawrence inspire together in their campaign video for Aerie here.


Lawrence illuminates the illusions of retouched photos

Retouching photos sounds harmless, but when it completely alters one’s appearance, it can be damaging — just as Iskra Lawrence.

According to HuffPost, the Aerie model recently took to Instagram to share a side-by-side photo of herself; wearing nothing but lingerie, Lawrence not only looks flawless, she also doesn’t even look like herself. Although HuffPost says Lawrence noted she was a few sizes smaller in the photos anyway, the point still remains: Photoshop can produce completely unrealistic results.

“That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine ― a computer programme did that. The full thick hair ― extensions,” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “…Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!”

Sharing that at the time, she thought that “I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs” and thus she would be “happy and successful,” HuffPost says Lawrence revealed that the images were ultimately damaging to her psyche.

“In reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself!” she wrote.

So what did the body positivity advocate learn?

“What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”

Amen to that.




Body-positive documentary to air June 21

TV is about to get a little more body positive, thanks to a brand-new documentary.

According to Glamour, a documentary called Straight/Curve will make its debut on EPIX on June 21. The film, which Glamour says “aims to redefine the beauty and size standards enforced by the fashion industry,” features prominent models like Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot and Charli Howard, all in an attempt to change the fashion industry.

Sharing their own struggles with body image issues, Glamour reports director Jenny McQuaile said the models help to shed light on a complex fashion environment, as the film examines “the misconceptions around health and size, body shame, the lack of diversity in fashion and media, and the limited scope of education in fashion schools, among other issues.”

Glamour also notes that the film features “Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, and Chromat designer Becca McCharen, as well as Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association—all of whom are important in rounding out this conversation.”

Catch the film at 8 p.m. on EPIX on June 21.


All woman, all the time

Models of all sizes were front and center of a brand new campaign, and it’s proving that all sizes, shapes and figures have a place at the fore of the fashion industry — and in the world at large.

According to POPSUGAR, the All Woman Project — co-founded by models Charli Howard and Clementine Desseaux — recently convened some of the freshest faces in the modeling world for a photoshoot to advance their mission of body positivity and diversity, which included Aerie alum Iskra Lawrence, as well as model Denise Bidot.

The resulting photos from the #IAmAllWoman campaign were not only beautiful, but were also unretouched, POPSUGAR says, letting each woman’s natural beauty shine forth in both group and solo shots.

Desseaux explained part of the motivation to create the campaign in a press release:

“We may be models, but we all have cellulite, stretch marks and other flaws that make us women, but which society teaches us to be ashamed of … This campaign is designed to unify women around the globe.”

But beyond unifying women around the world, POPSUGAR reports Desseaux said she hopes young girls find inspiration int he movement and learn to love themselves as they are.

“We want all young girls to look at fashion images and see their body shape or ethnicity represented,” she said, “something that most of us starring in the video didn’t feel like we had growing up.”

To check out the campaign photos, click here — and be sure to support the campaign by clicking here.


Aerie wants you to ‘share your spark’

Known for their body positivity and size inclusivity, lingerie brand Aerie is at it again with the latest installment of their #AerieREAL campaign — and this time, models aren’t the only ones getting in on the fun.

According to POPSUGAR, the company recently launched their “Share Your Spark” campaign, which depicts “women at all sizes sharing their ‘spark,’ or really just emitting their natural glow.” The best part: ELLE says that Aerie incorporated non-model women in their ads, featuring 40 women that includes “Aerie staff members, bloggers, designers, and customers.”

While the ads do include some photoshoot newcomers, Aerie veterans Iskra Lawrence and Barbie Ferreira are still featured in the campaign among other models, says POPSUGAR.

In addition to their modeling duties, all of the women in the campaign took part in a two-and-a-half minute documentary-like video, reports ELLE. Beginning with bleak black and white city shots, the video abruptly changes tone as it comes to life with color and as “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld plays over the footage.

Also celebrating the launch of the Sunnie lingerie collection, the video shows all of the women prepping for their photoshoot while also briefly sharing their stories. The women also star in their own 20-second videos, according to ELLE, in which they “share their spark” with viewers.

“Fall in love with yourself,” Diana Veras shares in one of the videos, according to ELLE, while Ferreira says in another, “I don’t apologize for anything, including my body.”

If the new campaign has you feeling inspired, head over to Aerie to shop their new line or, check out more stills and videos from the campaign.

Everybody has a beach body

If you’ve ever felt insecure putting on a bathing suit, you’re certainly not alone. But a new campaign is here to tell you that you can strut your stuff on the beach and feel comfortable, confident and beautiful, flaws and all.

According to the Huffington Post, a new string of ads by swimwear company SwimsuitsForAll has decided to tear down the concept of the thigh gap — a purported space between a woman’s thighs. The message behind the campaign: you are beautiful in a swimsuit no matter your body type, shape or size, whether you have a thigh gap or not.

Featured in the campaign is Ashley Graham, who has a collection of swimsuits with the online retailer, as well as Aerie model Iskra Lawrence and fellow models Denise Bidot and Jordyn Woods, says Huffington Post.

Each model was photographed from behind, says Huffington Post, showing each woman’s  best ‘assets’ while simultaneously taking down the notion that a thigh gap is necessary to look good in a bathing suit.

SwimsuitsForAll’s adjoining social media campaign — #myswimbody — was first launched in May, says Huffington Post, and encourages social media users to share their own swimsuit photos. But the recent thigh gap ads further drive home the message that everybody has a beach-ready body.

“Mind the gap, or don’t mind the gap – who cares?” SwimsuitsForAll said in a statement, according to Huffington Post. “It’s the summer of #MySwimBody!”

Starting a ‘RunwayRiot’

Model Iskra Lawrence is starting a riot against photo-retouching with her brand-new fashion website — a ‘RunwayRiot,’ that is.

According to People, Lawrence’s new site that launched on Wednesday, Nov. 18, RunwayRiot, is a fashion website for curvy women, but the photos featured on the site have one very important feature: none of the photos are retouched.

The 25-year-old model discussed her decision to make her site Photoshop-free with Good Morning America Wednesday morning. “It’s something I’m so passionate about, because growing up I wanted to feel confident in myself and who I am, not for being someone that was retouched, that I couldn’t identify with,” she said.

This is not Lawrence’s first time working with unretouched photos. People  cited her work earlier this year in American Eagle Outfitters’ successful underwear ad campaign featuring unretouched images.

In her own experience as a model, Lawrence said she had not been accepted for certain modeling jobs for “being a straight-size model because I was too curvy, and then I was too small to be a plus-size model.” Because of this, when creating RunwayRiot, she set out to make fashion more inclusive.

Stepping into the role of managing editor for her editorial and e-commerce site, People reported that Lawrence aims to cover beauty and fashion for women of all sizes.

“We plan to create a home for women to come and feel inspired,” she said of RunwayRiot. “It’s going to be the first chance for women to feel included in fashion, from 0s to 28s. We’re going to talk about cool and trendy clothes for all sizes.”

Lawrence went on to express the importance of her site, and how it will give voice to women of all shapes and sizes. “Social media created a voice for women to say, ‘Well actually we all want to be represented.’ So for me, it gave me confidence to stand up and say, ‘It’s time to see more women in the media of different sizes.'”