[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou may recognise the face of our next 5 Questions guest, maybe you were browsing boohoo.com or Figleaves one day. I met Iskra a couple of summers ago through friends and she is as lovely and sweet as her positive social media presence indicates (she can also dance like nobody’s business!) Represented by Models1 Curve in the UK and Jag Models in New York, Iskra splits her time crossing the Atlantic, travelling from one job to another. So *drumroll* coming to you live from New York, meet plus size model superstar, Iskra Lawrence.
1) How did you get into modelling?
I was a finalist in Elle girl search for a supermodel when I was only 13
2) You’ve been a real advocate against retouching photos and promoting a positive body image; has this been a challenge, to put your opinions out there?
I think most people are ready to see more un-retouched models. Some of the industry is still hesitant because they are used to being able to fix things in post – it’s not even big things but creases on clothes or marks etc and if you’re doing a beauty campaign and it’s super close up they want to even out skin. I also believe some brands will always retouch because their campaigns aren’t meant to be realistic they are art.
3) Do you think there’s been a shift in attitude towards the ideal body image?
Yes! And I couldn’t be happier. If you look back in history more voluptuous figures were highly sort after and celebrated because it was associated with fertility. And right now some of the women most celebrated for their beauty, and in the public eye, are Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea etc. So it’s become coveted again.
4) Is there a ‘right’ size for being a plus sized model? How do you maintain your fitness/figure?
There definitely is no right size and that’s what I love, but, it can also be frustrating and confusing. Plus size is basically any model above the average straight model size of UK 8… Some plus models are UK 24 so it’s a vast spectrum of not only size but body shapes.
I believe the “right” plus size is whatever the models natural size is. I never diet. I eat whatever I want in moderation, but I have studied nutrition and do drink my daily green juice 🙂 because I feel it’s important to know what you’re consuming and try to make healthier choices that will nourish your body. I also do strength and resistance training 2-3 times (depending on work and travel) and I’m constantly switching up exercises as that’s the best way to keep your body in shape.
Yes, I’m looking to film a new baking video very soon. It’s been super hard with relocating to New York finding a big enough kitchen and I still haven’t found someone to film and edit so I might have to bite the bullet and do it myself! But since learning more about nutrition I have created lots of delicious sweet treats with healthier alternatives so I’m very excited to share them and show people how easy it is to use better ingredients in the kitchen.
I love what a positive role model Iskra is; it’s so disheartening when I come across ‘thinspiration’ hashtags or how the thigh gap seems to be the new size zero debate. I do think that attitudes are changing and that curvy is the new aspiration; squats anyone? You can follow Iskra’s New York City adventures on her Instagram IAmIskra or you can tweet @Iskra on Twitter. She’s recently been named as an Aerie girl (that’s American Eagle Outfitters for us Brits) and I can’t wait to see what she cooks up next!
^^all images taken from Jag Models^^