Model Behavior

This Model Strips Down To Make A Point About Overcoming Her Body Insecurities

"[When] you're at peace with who you are, that radiates. To me, that's beauty."

Model Behavior is an A Plus series featuring fashion models who promote body positivity, and work to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.

Models are no longer just the faces of fashion and beauty campaigns. Many of them are taking advantage of being public figures with strong followings to promote positive messages about self-love and equality.

Iskra Lawrence is one such model who champions loving yourself and your body, self-perceived flaws and all. The #AerieREAL campaign star has discussed how much she loves her webbed toes, and she frequently posts body positive and unretouched photos on Instagram


Lawrence is opening up once again in a new video.

She participated in YouTube channel's StyleLikeU "What's Underneath" project. The video project features different people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds, stripping down to their underwear while they discuss their relationship with their bodies. The project aims to show that style is much more than the clothes you wear. It's about who you are on the inside, self-acceptance, and accepting others.

True to form, Lawrence opens up in her video about society's need for perfection, some of the unrealistic things that the fashion and beauty world sell consumers, Photoshop, and body insecurities.

Lawrence may seem like one of the most confident and radiant people around, but the video reveals that she struggled with loving herself, and experienced rejection from the modeling industry. She talked about the uncertainty of dressing her body when she was younger.

"[I was] dressing in push-up bras and trying to be kind of sexy because I was so confused about my body, and its shape and its curves, she says in the video. "I didn't really know what to do with them. I was trying to prove that I was confident in my body, but actually I was hating it. I wanted my friends to think that I felt good. I wanted the boys to fancy me because I needed that validation for my body, for the way I looked, because I wasn't getting it inside, or from the modeling industry, where I really wanted it."  

It's not just Lawrence who struggled with negative ideas and messages. Lawrence also discusses the issues with the toxic thoughts a lot of us think about ourselves.

"We're sold something that is so inauthentic," she says. "We're sold the dream that the cream is going to fix all of our problems, and that the designer clothes are going to make you feel more attractive. It's the purification and detoxification of those thoughts about yourself that you then [need to] push out."

"When you are happy and at one with yourself, and you're at peace with who you are, that radiates. To me, that's beauty."

Lawrence understands how self-acceptance can be a struggle because she's been through it.  More importantly, she understands how to overcome body insecurities, and realizes that being at one with yourself is the key to beauty.

Watch the video below to see Lawrence's words on overcoming her insecurities.


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