This Model Photoshopped Her Bikini Pic to Send a Body-Positive Message

Adrianna Barrionuevo

Model Iskra Lawrence is known for using her Instagram page to promote body positivity to her 2.5 million followers. The gorgeous 25-year-old talks self-love in her posts and even refers to her “flaws” as “tiger stripe stretch marks” and “cellulite lightening bolts.” In a recent post, she made a point to show how misleading photos can be by sharing a photo where her image on the left was the original picture and the one on the right was retouched.

“Shocking it only took me about 10 minutes to Photoshop myself to ‘perfection,’” she writes. “But WTF is perfect? We weren’t born thinking flaws made you less beautiful. We are taught by society and the media that we should feel insecure about our flaws, so we buy into certain products, etc. to ‘improve’ or attain perfection.” She notes that in real life, one cannot be “retouched,” so why bother airbrushing photos and pretending online? “We are beautiful because we are us, and we are so much more than our appearance,” the Aerie model tells her followers. Her empowering message was met with over 140,000 likes and 2000 comments from supporters. “I hope when you see what looks like perfect, flawless images of people online you don’t ever feel insecure or less beautiful because it’s not real.” Lawrence sums it up in the end with yet another encouraging message: “What’s real is you and you, are good enough ’cus those ‘flaws’ make you completely unique.”

Her empowering message was met with over 140,000 likes and 2000 comments from supporters. “I hope when you see what looks like perfect, flawless images of people online you don’t ever feel insecure or less beautiful because it’s not real.” Lawrence sums it up in the end with yet another encouraging message: “What’s real is you and you, are good enough ’cus those ‘flaws’ make you completely unique.”

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