Iskra Lawrence

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Iskra Lawrence
Iskra Arabella Lawrence

(1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 28)
Wolverhampton, England
Years active2008–present
Modelling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Hair colourBlonde[1]
Eye colourBlue[1]
AgencyJAG Models (New York)
Models 1 (London)[2]

Iskra Arabella Lawrence (born 11 September 1990) is a British model[3] represented by JAG Models and Models 1[4].


Lawrence was born in Wolverhampton[5] and grew up in Kidderminster, Worcestershire from the age of 6 weeks.[6] Lawrence attended Malvern St James[7] and then Bromsgrove School,[8] was a competitive national swimmer,[9] and was accepted into the UK National Youth Theatre[10] at 15. Her name means 'spark' in Croatian and Polish.


Lawrence is the global Role Model for Aerie,[11] a brand of clothing from American Eagle Outfitters.

Lawrence is a model for the American Eagle Outfitters lingerie line Aerie.[12][13][14] She has also modeled for lingerie brand, Adore Me.[15]

After 13 years of modeling Lawrence completed her catwalk debut at New York Fashion Week[16] for Chromat in 2016, and walked in L'Oréal's first fashion show at Paris Fashion week in October 2017.[17]

American Eagle Outfitters choose Lawrence along with five other millennials for their Fall 2017 jean campaign "The New American Jean",[18] which makes use of unretouched images.[19][20]

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[21] and creator of the NEDA Inspires Award[22].[23]

Lawrence does not allow any of her Instagram photos to be retouched in any way to enhance her image.[24] She actively criticizes "body shamers",[25] including one user that she confronted in April 2016 on her Instagram account after the user insulted her.[26][27] She does not want to be classified as a plus-sized model.[28]

In 2017, Lawrence appeared in the Straight Curve documentary[29] "about body image and the industry leaders challenging society's unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty".[30]

In February 2017, Lawrence presented "Ending the pursuit of perfection" at TEDxUniversityofNevada.[31]

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[32], and in 2017 she was one of the seven women chosen for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Great Girl Leaders.[33]

Lawrence was listed in the 'multi-hyphenates' category of the 2017 Maxim HOT 100.[34]

Other work[edit]

Lawrence was a contributor to Self magazine,[35][36] 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.[37]

In 2018 Lawrence was the host of "The Mirror Challenge with Iskra" a Facebook Watch series from Clevver Media a brand of Defy Media[38]. As the creator of the show's main concept Lawrence also received a producer credit for the program.


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  3. ^ "Iskra Lawrence - Model". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  4. ^ "Watch This Face: Iskra Lawrence". Harper's BAZAAR. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
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  6. ^ Staff. "Iskra Lawrence profile". Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Iskra Lawrence | Malvern St James Girls' School". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Former Bromsgrove School pupil undresses to share body shaming message". Bromsgrove Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  9. ^ "The Queens' Golden Jubilee ASA National Age Group Championships 2002" (PDF). 8 August 2002.
  10. ^ "Iskra strikes a pose". Bromsgrove Advertiser. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  11. ^ Staff. "Aerie Announces #AerieREAL Role Model Iskra Lawrence". American Eagle. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  12. ^ McCluskey, Megan (10 February 2016). "Size 14 Model Iskra Lawrence Is the Newest Face of Aerie's Unretouched Campaign". Time. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  13. ^ Schlossberg, Mallory (3 September 2015). "Meet Iskra Lawrence the Aerie model with a cult following". Business Insider. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  14. ^ Feldman, Jamie (9 February 2016). "12 Reasons To Love Iskra Lawrence, Aerie's Unretouched Role Model". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  15. ^ Lanquist, Lindsey. "Iskra Lawrence Just Released A 'Raw' Photo Of Herself, And It's Incredible". SELF. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  16. ^ Cruel, Jessica. "Iskra Lawrence Walked In Her First Ever NYFW Runway Show After Modeling For 13 Years". SELF. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  17. ^ "How Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren Shut Down the Champs-Élysées and Shook Up Paris Fashion Week". Vogue. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  18. ^ "Denim That Moves You - American Eagle Outfitters Unveils the New American Jean Campaign for Fall 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  19. ^ Fasanella, Kaleigh. "American Eagle Used Absolutely NO Photoshop In Their New Ads". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  20. ^ "American Eagle continues to wow critics by never Photoshopping its models — see the incredible pictures". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "National Eating Disorders Association Launches 'NEDA Inspires Seal of Approval' Campaign". National Eating Disorders Association. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  23. ^ "Iskra Talks Awards, Aerie and More!". National Eating Disorders Association. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ Griggs, Brandon (6 April 2016). "Model has cheeky response to fat-shamer". CNN. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  27. ^ Lanquist, Lindsey (5 April 2016). "Iskra Lawrence Showed Everyone How Shutting Down Haters Is Done With This Instagram". Self. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  28. ^ Gilbert, Kylie (20 December 2015). "Model Iskra Lawrence Wants You to Stop Calling her 'Plus-Size'". Shape. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  29. ^ Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image (2017), retrieved 2018-11-22
  30. ^ "Straight/Curve". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  31. ^ "TEDxUniversityofNevada – Iskra Lawrence". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  32. ^ "The model changing the face of fashion". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  33. ^ 2016, BBC, Retrieved 24 November 2016
  34. ^ "Meet the Women of the 2017 Maxim Hot 100". Maxim. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  35. ^ "'Self' Revamps Site, Focuses On Inclusion". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  36. ^ "Iskra Lawrence - Tips, Trends & News". SELF. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  37. ^ Chan, Lauren (13 November 2015). "Interview with plus-size model Iskra Lawrence, managing editor of Runway Riot". Glamour. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  38. ^ Belle, Elly. "Iskra Lawrence's New Show Is Redefining What "Makeover" Means". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-09-28.

External links[edit]

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