Body dysmorphic disorder is common in youngsters in the present day and age. Standards set by models and the modeling industry tend to endorse an ideal body shape. As many young supermodels have shot up to stardom, they have acquired a strong presence and following on social media. Through their posts and their lifestyles, they unconsciously influence the perception of the body. This could lead to positive admiration at the best and insecurity at the worst.
In light of this, Iskra Lawrence, a plus-size British model took to Instagram to share her thoughts on body image and self-love.
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Lawrence has been modeling since her early teens. She mentioned how desperate she was to have a thigh gap. She was so insecure about her figure that she wore clothes that would not draw attention to her chubby thighs. Fox News reports what she said in this regard: “I never wore ankle boots, never wore skirts that cut me off at the wrong height, and even seeing knee-high boots on set would make me nervous. My thighs rub together. Even if I was unhealthfully restricting and trying every fad diet possible, I could never get a thigh gap.”
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Her body dysmorphia was intensified when her modeling shots were retouched: her thighs and arms were thinned down and her moles were removed.
But all this was a long time ago. Now, Iskra Lawrence has learned to embrace her body just as it is. She flaunts her curves just as they are in editorials, this sending out a message of positivity, and validating all body types (and, as a result, the inhabitants of those bodies).
It is becoming increasingly important to raise awareness on body dysmorphia like Iskra Lawrence just did. If you’re curious to know more about this condition, visit https://bddfoundation.org