Plus-size model Iskra Lawrence isn't just talking the body-positive talk. She's walking the walk, too. At least, that's what we have to believe after reading that she wants all of her flaws — moles, cellulite, scars, wrinkles, what have you — to be kept as they are in photographs, sans photoshopping.
And she means it.
The 25-year-old stunner posted one of her recent ads for Aerie, the lingerie and swimwear line of American Eagle Outfitters, in which she was given exactly the retouching treatment she desires (none!), and she went on to explain to her 2 million Instagram followers that the lingerie brand's #AerieReal campaign is just that: real.
Her caption begins: "For years I was retouched where I could hardly recognize myself. Limbs where (sic) slimmed giving me complexes that there was something wrong with me."
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When parts of her face and body were retouched, she goes on to write, she was made to believe "that they are imperfections and you should not have them. You end up comparing yourself to this flawless image of yourself that you can't even relate to yet anyone else!"
So, how does it feel to model for a campaign that doesn't rely so heavily on Photoshop? It simply validates her, "finally" allowing her to "feel good enough."
"And that's the best feeling."
The company launched its #AerieReal campaign in 2015 to "celebrate each girl's real beauty," as its global brand president told TODAY at the time, though they didn't begin actively including many plus-size models until model Barbie Ferreira became their newest face this past winter.