Iskra Lawrence, an Old Girl of Malvern Girls’ College, needs little introduction these days. She caused great excitement when she came to MSJ in May to give a talk to girls from Years 7 to 13 about body positivity. Iskra has left Worcestershire and gone across the waters to Los Angeles, where she now lives. She is a social media sensation, with over 1 million followers on Instagram alone. Her latest campaign, in conjunction with the BBC, is “Iskra’s Army”. Her aim is to get more young people – female and male – to accept and love their body and to respect each other on social media.
Iskra started modelling when she was 13 years old. A champion of body diversity, she has long been committed to improving the image of women in the media, having been told she was both “too big” for straight-size modelling and “not big enough” for plus-modelling. As Aerie's #AerieReal Role Model Iskra stars in unretouched intimates, loungewear and swim campaigns and tours universities across the USA to speak with students about body positivism. She is also a brand ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, creating the NEDA Inspires Award and working to generate awareness and support for individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Iskra is a guest author to many publications including Time and the Huffington Post, and the managing editor of RunwayRiot, a fashion, style and beauty site for women of all sizes.
Iskra told the girls, “It’s exciting to be back here [at school], especially as it’s where it all began. This was the beginning of my journey. I was sitting where you were and I never thought I’d be able to do all the things I dreamt about doing in my career.”
And Iskra’s message to the girls? “There’s nothing better than connecting. It can be the start of discussions. Your best friend might be feeling worried about something so it’s great to talk about issues. Remember - we’re in it together.”