Iskra Lawrence

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Iskra Lawrence modeling Chromat Spring-Summer 2017 Hyperwave.jpg
Lawrence modeling for Chromat in 2016
Iskra Arabella Lawrence

(1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 32)
Wolverhampton, England
Years active2008–present
PartnerPhilip Payne
Modelling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Hair colourBlonde[1]
Eye colourBlue[1]

Iskra Arabella Lawrence (born 11 September 1990) is a British model.

Early life and education[edit]

Lawrence was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in Kidderminster, Worcestershire from the age of 6 weeks.[2] Lawrence attended Holy Trinity School, Kidderminster, Malvern St James[3] and then Bromsgrove School,[4] was a competitive national swimmer,[5] and was accepted into the UK National Youth Theatre[6] at 15. Her name means 'spark' in most Slavic languages.



Lawrence was the Global Role Model & a model for the lingerie line brand Aerie,[7][8][9][10] a brand of intimate apparel from American Eagle Outfitters from 2014-2021 when she announced her departure via an Instagram on her feed.

She has also modeled for the lingerie line brand Adore Me.[11]

After 13 years of modeling Lawrence completed her catwalk debut at New York Fashion Week[12] for Chromat in 2016, and walked in L'Oréal's first fashion show at Paris Fashion week in October 2017.[13]

American Eagle Outfitters chose Lawrence along with five other millennials for their Fall 2017 jean campaign "The New American Jean",[14] which makes use of unretouched images.[15][16]

In 2018 Lawrence was announced as a brand ambassador for Marina Rinaldi's Persona collection campaign.

Activism and charitable work[edit]

Lawrence is a National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) brand ambassador[17] and creator of the NEDA Inspires Award.[18][19]

Lawrence does not retouch her own images that she posts on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.[20] She actively criticizes "body shamers",[21] including one user that she confronted in April 2016 on her Instagram account after the user insulted her.[22][23] She does not want to be classified as a plus-sized model.[24]

In 2017, Lawrence appeared in the Straight Curve documentary[25] "about body image and the industry leaders challenging society's unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty".[26]

In February 2017, Lawrence presented "Ending the pursuit of perfection" at TEDxUniversityofNevada.[27]

In 2018 Lawrence was announced as a L'Oréal Princes Trust Ambassador.


In 2016, Lawrence was chosen as one of BBC's World's 100 Women,[28] and in 2017 she was one of the seven women chosen for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Great Girl Leaders.[29]

Lawrence was listed in the 'multi-hyphenates' category of the 2017 Maxim HOT 100.[30]

In 2019 Lawrence was named[31][32] in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe within the Art & Culture category. In their centennial year Malvern St James school recognised Lawrence as one of their Malvern Alumnae 100 "Celebrating the talent and diversity of Malvern Old Girls. Inspiring the women of the future."

Other work[edit]

Lawrence was a contributor to Self magazine,[33][34] and was the founding managing editor at Runway Riot, a website meant to be an outlet for women of all shapes and sizes to learn about glamour.[35]

In 2018 Lawrence was the host of "The Mirror Challenge with Iskra" a Facebook Watch series from Clevver Media a brand of Defy Media.[36] As the creator of the show's main concept, Lawrence also received a producer credit for the program.

In 2011, Lawrence also starred as an extra in the British TV Show Misfits, portraying a zombie cheerleader.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2019, Lawrence confirmed her relationship with songwriter Philip Payne.[37]

In November 2019, Lawrence announced that she was 17 weeks pregnant and expecting her and Payne's first child together.[38]

On April 16, 2020, she gave birth to her first child, a son.[39]


  1. ^ a b c "Iskra Lawrence". JAG Models. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Staff. "Iskra Lawrence profile". Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Iskra Lawrence | Malvern St James Girls' School". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ "VIDEO: Former Bromsgrove School pupil undresses to share body shaming message". Bromsgrove Advertiser. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The Queens' Golden Jubilee ASA National Age Group Championships 2002" (PDF). 8 August 2002.
  6. ^ "Iskra strikes a pose". Bromsgrove Advertiser. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  7. ^ Staff. "Aerie Announces #AerieREAL Role Model Iskra Lawrence". American Eagle. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  8. ^ McCluskey, Megan (10 February 2016). "Size 14 Model Iskra Lawrence Is the Newest Face of Aerie's Unretouched Campaign". Time. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  9. ^ Schlossberg, Mallory (3 September 2015). "Meet Iskra Lawrence the Aerie model with a cult following". Business Insider. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  10. ^ Feldman, Jamie (9 February 2016). "12 Reasons To Love Iskra Lawrence, Aerie's Unretouched Role Model". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  11. ^ Lanquist, Lindsey. "Iskra Lawrence Just Released A 'Raw' Photo Of Herself, And It's Incredible". SELF. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ Cruel, Jessica. "Iskra Lawrence Walked In Her First Ever NYFW Runway Show After Modeling For 13 Years". SELF. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  13. ^ "How Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren Shut Down the Champs-Élysées and Shook Up Paris Fashion Week". Vogue. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Denim That Moves You - American Eagle Outfitters Unveils the New American Jean Campaign for Fall 2017". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  15. ^ Fasanella, Kaleigh. "American Eagle Used Absolutely NO Photoshop In Their New Ads". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  16. ^ "American Eagle continues to wow critics by never Photoshopping its models — see the incredible pictures". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  17. ^ Lawrence, Iskra (6 April 2015). "Iskra Talks Awards, Aerie and More! | National Eating Disorders Association". Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  18. ^ "National Eating Disorders Association Launches 'NEDA Inspires Seal of Approval' Campaign". National Eating Disorders Association. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Iskra Talks Awards, Aerie and More!". National Eating Disorders Association. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  20. ^ Shunatona, Brooke (31 December 2015). "Why This Model Doesn't Want to Be Called an Instagram Model and Won't Retouch Her Photos". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  21. ^ McNamara, Brittney (8 April 2016). "Iskra Lawrence Tells Us Why She Decided to Clap Back at Those Body Shamers". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  22. ^ Griggs, Brandon (6 April 2016). "Model has cheeky response to fat-shamer". CNN. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  23. ^ Lanquist, Lindsey (5 April 2016). "Iskra Lawrence Showed Everyone How Shutting Down Haters Is Done With This Instagram". Self. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  24. ^ Gilbert, Kylie (20 December 2015). "Model Iskra Lawrence Wants You to Stop Calling her 'Plus-Size'". Shape. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  25. ^ Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image (2017), retrieved 22 November 2018
  26. ^ "Straight/Curve". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  27. ^ "TEDxUniversityofNevada – Iskra Lawrence". Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  28. ^ "The model changing the face of fashion". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  29. ^ 2016, BBC, Retrieved 24 November 2016
  30. ^ "Meet the Women of the 2017 Maxim Hot 100". Maxim. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  31. ^ Communications, Forbes Corporate. "Forbes Releases 2019 30 Under 30 Europe List". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  32. ^ "Iskra Lawrence". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  33. ^ "'Self' Revamps Site, Focuses On Inclusion". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  34. ^ "Iskra Lawrence - Tips, Trends & News". SELF. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  35. ^ Chan, Lauren (13 November 2015). "Interview with plus-size model Iskra Lawrence, managing editor of Runway Riot". Glamour. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  36. ^ Belle, Elly. "Iskra Lawrence's New Show Is Redefining What "Makeover" Means". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  37. ^ "Iskra Lawrence pens poem after receiving racist messages about new relationship: 'The fears I had came true'". Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  38. ^ "Model Iskra Lawrence Is Pregnant and Expecting 1st Child With Philip Payne". 5 November 2019.
  39. ^ "Model Iskra Lawrence Gives Birth, Welcomes 1st Child With Philip Payne". Us Weekly. 19 April 2020.

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