Iskra Lawrence's guide to faking a thigh gap is calling attention to unrealistic beauty standards in social media.
While, on the surface, the act of photoshopping after shoots may seem like an innocuous act, the reality of the situation is it leads to unattainable beauty standards.
When you look at pictures of models you aren't looking at real people, you're looking at people who had every blemish and part of them that can be deemed “ugly” taken out of their beings, essentially creating the “perfect” people.
The issue is the “perfect” person doesn't exist. Nobody is perfect, and having this idea shoved into our faces anytime we pass by magazine counters or clothing stores ruins our perceptions of reality.
Over the past few years, there has been a movement in the fashion industry to expose when models have their bodies retouched for pictures, and Iskra Lawrence is at the forefront of this cause.
The 25-year-old plus-size model from Worcestershire and founder of RunwayRiot, a website “dedicated to serving an underrepresented and often overlooked community of curvier women,” recently shared a picture on Instagram showing just how easy it is to fake a thigh gap on social media.
The side-by-side picture since went mega-viral, hopefully giving positive reality checks to those who think having thigh gaps is an expected beauty behavior.
She captioned the post,
no thigh gap or thigh gap who cares. We all think we want different things and we should because we are all different, there's no wrong way just be the healthiest & happiest for you. I'll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lightening and angles. Always remember social medias not real life 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 no one else, your body is your home so love and respect it. When you look after it beautiful things happens #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful
Brilliant. Give this woman ALL THE MODELING JOBS, PLEASE.