Iskra Lawrence is perhaps the most-recognizable Aerie model she chatted with Business Insider about her experience as a model, Lawrence got into modeling when she was 13 her mother entered her into an Elle Girl contest, before that she was a swimmer which helped her develop a good relationship with food "Because I was a swimmer, I felt like sports did help me to realize that my body was more than what it just looked like and if didn't eat then I couldn't swim fast" she said.
She was dropped from her first agency at because her hips were too big "I was about 15-16 and they just said to me your hips are 36 inches they need to be 34 at his age they're too big" she said to Business Insider "That's just destroying" additionally she said she was sent to plus size agencies, who said she wasn't big enough when she started out modeling as a 'straight size model' she was appalled at how much she was Photoshopped "I was like that's not even my forearm! they literally airbrushed my forearm you look at these images and you think they're beautiful but you can't relate to them and it was me, and I couldn't relate to it, let alone any other girl" she said.
She doesn't diet, but she tries to eat healthily "It's definitely intuitive, regarding her diet (She ate a cookie during the interview) when you get to that point where you don't have to worry and you don't have to think about it...I'm pretty sure that's the best diet you can be on" she also said she hates the diet industry she said she wants to "basically stop the diet industry from ruining people's lives because it's so corrupt!" she works out but not to lose weight just to stay healthy she hits the gym about three times a week for an hour and a half to two hour each time, she has an old baking vlog online, but now she says she has "a lot of healthy recipes" She says she's been doing "a lot of research on nutrition" she posts healthy recipes on Instagram.
Lawrence has appeared in Aerie's groundbreaking #AerieReal campaign, she said before that, she "wanted to be an Aerie girl" she loves working with Aerie "Aerie builds you up, and it makes you feel positive why don't more companies do that?" she came up with the idea for the National Eating Disorder Association's Seal of Approval because of this, Aerie won a NEDA Inspires award the Seal of Approval is a symbol for young women to know that something has been approved by NEDA "It's so specific to be totally unretouched it's a very hard thing to do for companies" citing how wrinkles in clothing often need to be retouched, this seal lets young girls know they're "looking at something that isn't damaging there's a direct correlation between media and how we feel about our bodies" she said.
She says she posts bikini photos on Instagram not but to be sexy, but to show people bodies "I'm just trying to show bodies we need to see bodies! There's nothing wrong with that" since so many young women feel uncomfortable in their skins "these young girls, they just want to see someone normal I'm very normal, I've struggled for ages to try to do this and because of that...I've learned about myself and that's what makes me who I am today" she said.
She has received positive feedback from her fans, and she posted one drawing she received on Instagram, she has even received positive feedback from young girls' parents "Thats why now I feel such a responsibility" she said, ten years from now, she'd like to speak at a TED Talk "I want to create a lasting impression in the fashion industry" when not modeling or serving as a NEDA ambassador, she's a normal girl who likes to have a good time, she makes silly karaoke video with her roommate, and she's loving living in New York City she just moved here a year and a half ago, she said that she heard one model said "oh that's a thing now, isn't it curvy models? It's not a thing" Lawrence said "we need to feel represented" ultimately she wants to empower women and "leave a lasting impression and a legacy" as she finally said.