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Iskra Lawrence posts fake thigh gap on social media to prove a point

A model on a mission to put an end to body-shaming is proving that things aren't always as they seem in fashion photos.

In a new viral Instagram photo, Iskra Lawrence proves it's pretty easy to fake a "thigh gap" by changing your pose or the camera angle — not that she's encouraging fans to aspire to any particular body shape, of course. Instead, she wants to remind everyone what really goes into some of the photos we see on social media.

"I'll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lighting and angles," Lawrence wrote in the caption for the photo, which has been liked on Instagram more than 112,000 times.

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She encouraged fans to strive to be their "healthiest and happiest" — regardless of whether or not they have a so-called thigh gap.

"Always remember social media's not real life," Lawrence wrote. "Never let anyone else's pics make you feel insecure about yourself. If you don't look like her and she doesn't look like you, that's how it's meant to be. You are meant to be YOU and no one else. Your body is your home so love and respect it."

Lawrence, who is from the UK and part of the #AerieReal team, made headlines last month with another popular Instagram post, in which she posed in a nude bra beneath a pile of potato-chip bags.

The photo was in response to a commenter who'd purportedly called Lawrence a "fat cow."

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The model is part of a growing movement to combat self-hate and encourage positive body image among women. She often speaks out against retouching in social media posts, using the hashtag #everyBODYisbeautiful.

She's not the first person to reveal how lighting and certain poses can affect a photo, though. Last year a fitness blogger showed us just how deceiving before-and-after photos can be, posting images of her own body that appeared to be entirely different, but were actually taken three minutes apart.

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