MSJ 2009 Leaver

Malvern Alumnae 100 Iskra Lawrence

Rolling hills, Harry Potteresque buildings, breathtaking views; Malvern was a sublime place to go to school. I loved the subjects and small class sizes, but the opportunity to develop other skills was just as important. One of my favourite things was the sports MSJ offered, especially Lacrosse where I even trained with the Midlands Women’s team! Modelling is a physical job and sport has given me the stamina to put in extra hours after the ‘day job’ to develop my career.  

This allowed me to expand into roles such as the Aerie Real Role Model, and a L’Oréal Prince's Trust Ambassador; roles where I’ve used MSJ’s ‘inclusion and respect’ ethos when communicating with, and creating content for, my over 6 million social media followers.  

There were girls from many different countries in my year, and now I live in the USA and work globally, I realise how great it was to have this international exposure. I remember fondly the pastoral care given by our Hatfield housemistress Mrs Pallett who had elegance, wisdom, and kindness in equal measure. Along with other role female models such as our Headmistress, Mrs Leggate, we learnt in an all-girl environment that we can be anything we want to be. This sort of confidence stayed with me on red carpets at the Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival, and when I became the Executive Producer of my own show The Mirror Challenge.

Modelling and food often have a difficult relationship. I have suffered with body dysmorphia and wrongly tried crazy diets, but in my days at MSJ, food was a real pleasure and I hope the sticky bun day tradition still continues... and ‘Dining Room Etiquette’ definitely helped me when dining with the CEO of France’s largest company, and attending Royal Events with the Prince's Trust.

What does success look like?

Knowing who you are, caring for yourself and others, making a living doing something you love.

What is your best piece of advice?

Be present, enjoy your time at MSJ; use the opportunities this amazing school provides to explore your interests and your ‘self’. Use the skills and confidence you develop at MSJ to follow your passions and believe in yourself. Turn your dreams into plans and your plans into actions. The real you is good enough!