It took a while for model Iskra Lawrence to learn to love and accept her body, but once she leaped that hurdle, she quickly began working to help others do the same with their own figures. Not only does she offer what she calls “self-care classes,” but Lawrence, 27, is now giving us all an inside look at the truth behind those “perfect” social media photos.
Partnering with Fashion for All and Elle to help raise awareness about the dangers of unrealistic body standards, the fashionista clued us all in on how others are using posing techniques on social media to alter their body image.
“I wanted to get super real and show you how drastically and instantly people can change how they look simply by posing!!” she wrote on a before and after Instagram snap, adding, “Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop!” In the first pic, she’s seen slightly bent over, with a realistic-looking stomach that appears quite different from the second pic, in which she’s leaning to one side, stretching her muscles to appear leaner and longer.
She also offered up an accompanying YouTube video, which goes through several of the super subtle tricks models use to look their best. “Good lighting, good angles, good posing, it can completely change what your body looks like,” she shared. “I don’t want you to ever feel like you have to be perfect, you’re already imperfectly perfect, and that’s good enough.”
The video walks viewers through moves that do everything from fake a thigh gap to hide a double chin. Lawrence explains how you can position certain body parts out of the foreground of a photo will make them appear smaller and vice versa.
She’s not saying you shouldn’t use the poses, saying, “I myself still pose and there’s nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident.” But, she does want people to know what’s really going on in the pictures they’re seeing online. “Let’s be honest and show the actual process… Because life’s not perfect, social media lives aren’t perfect and neither are us or our bodies. And that’s exactly how it’s meant to be!”
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