Alyss Bowen | Social Media Editor | Friday, 6 May 2016

Iskra Lawrence Proves Once And For All How Ridiculous Our Obsession With The Thigh Gap Is

Iskra Lawrence Proves Once And For All How Ridiculous Our Obsession With The Thigh Gap Is

The Debrief: The body positivity advocate reveals just how easy it is to fake a thigh gap

Iskra Lawrence has an important message for us all about the façade of social media. That message? That things aren’t always as they seem and we need to remember that when comparing ourselves to hot girls we stalk. I know, I know – it’s something you’ve heard before, you’re probably bored of hearing it now but this time she’s shown us why we need to take a step back and remind ourselves that things aren’t always as portrayed. 

Until this morning I’d never heard of model and Instagram star, Iskra Lawrence (sorry guys). Now? Well, now I’ve stalked her feed like hawk searching for my next meal. Known for campaigns with the likes of Aerie (American Eagel Outfitters lingerie brand) and being an advocate of body positivity  – oh and her jaw-dropping insane body – Iskra shared two photos of herself in the exact same black crop top and knickers last week. In one she’s standing with her thighs closed, in an up-right position. In the other she’s got her bum pushed back with her back slightly arched and an obvious thigh gap. 

Writing: ‘no thigh gap or thigh gap who cares. We all think we want different things and we should because we are all different…I’ll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lightening and angles. Always remember social medias not real life.” A gentle remember that things can be manipulated, they can be faked and we need to remind ourselves when we’re in a never-ending Instagram black hole of body comparison on a Friday night because we don’t have Stella Maxwell’s abs or Kendall Jenner’s legs it's OK because we're us and that's bloody great. 


This isn’t the first time Iskra has spoken out about her body. After winning a competition with Elle aged 13, she was signed and dropped within a few years because her hips were “too big” (seriously, what the fuck?!). She then went on to be told she was too small for plus size modeling, meaning she had to forge her own path, and that she did. Her Instagram account is testament to her message, using it to get real with her audience and hitting back to any haters – remember that video of her eating crisps after someone called her a 'fat cow?’ Exactly. We know what we’re getting with Iskra and that’s part of the beauty of it, a real women with a killer body trying to remind us that we’re all human, we all have back fat and we're fine with it. Amen to that.  

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Tags: Instagram, Body worries