Model Iskra Lawrence stripped down on the subway to support body positivity, and we’re literally cheering
When riding the subway, you probably don’t expect someone to randomly give an empowering speech about body positivity and then take off their clothes to show how far they’ve come on their journey of self-acceptance. But that officially just happened.
Cosmo let us know that Aerie model and activist Iskra Lawrence stripped down to her underwear while making a plea for body positivity, and we are *so* applauding this courageous act.
In front of complete strangers, Lawrence — who runs a fashion website devoted to body inclusivity — opened up about being shamed by society for having cellulite and not feeling “skinny enough.” She describes how she eventually came to realize that the media had made her believe there was a single standard of beauty. And we for one think she’s absolutely right — the media plays a huge part in how women (and men) perceive their bodies and what is “normal,” and we are just so entirely over it already.
"This body is not just something to be objectified, to be grabbed, to be looked at. This is my vessel, this is my home. I respect it, no matter what I'm wearing right now — do not judge me, because I am more than what I am. [...] We all look different, but god created us equal."
She went on to challenge the subway passengers to see themselves in a more positive light, regardless of their shape, skin color, or anything else. And to that, we say a big, giant YES.
"Now more than ever we need to share our voices. Minorities, POC, women, the LGBTQ+ community, we all have so much power and the more we share, listen & learn from each other we can grow. Hopefully one day we can all live a non judgemental world full of love for one another. Appreciating the value in others and ourselves. Knowing we are equal and choosing to empower each other. It starts right now and it's the choices we make everyday."
Three cheers for the excellent points from Lawrence. She has officially found some super fans over here at HelloGiggles.
YOU GO, GIRL!