Iskra Lawrence opens up about her ‘sexy’ baby body after overcoming anorexia, body dysmorphia

Iskra Lawrence is frequently praised for her messages of self love, candid approach to the fashion industry and body-positive messages, so it’s hard to think that there was ever a time that she struggled with self-confidence, a fight that followed with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder.

The British beauty, who announced just this week that she’s pregnant with her first child, opened up in an exclusive interview with AOL about her rocky journey to body acceptance and how she feels about her pregnancy body. 

“So, I have to admit this pregnancy bod is really sexy. I really do feel really good…like, really, really good. I knew that my body was very special and it had a purpose. It hits home. It’s like, goodness, this body is incredible,” she maintained.

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For Lawrence, the journey to loving her body is evident in far more than just her pregnancy announcement — it’s a mindset that’s become ingrained in Lawrence’s daily life, from each Instagram post to the designers she chooses to work with. “The importance of body acceptance to me, as someone who’s struggled with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder…when you’ve been through that, all you want to do is try and make sure no one else does,” she revealed. 

“Because we’re in a society where so many women are held back from chasing their dreams, having their dream job, getting into healthy relationships…it all stems from this societal perfection that has been created where, for women, our whole value system is based on our appearance.”

Given her platform of over 4.5 million Instagram followers and nearly 200,000 Youtube subscribers, the Aerie model is striving to change the discourse on how these issues are addressed. “For me as a model, I really wanted to be a part of changing that, or at least showing that there was a different value system for us.”  

The 29-year-old also called out the lack of diversity and representation in the fashion industry, calling on industry leaders to rewrite how consumers should feel. 

“You kind of have to open your eyes and look around and see that, actually, women who are wearing your clothes or want to wear your clothes are diverse,” she maintained. “It shouldn’t just be fast fashion brands. You know, it has to be high-end designers who care about the cut and the fit and the quality of clothing, because everyone deserves that…no matter what size you are.” 

21 PHOTOSIskra Lawrence out and aboutSee GalleryIskra Lawrence out and aboutNEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28:Iskra Lawrence is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Gotham/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28:Iskra Lawrence is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Gotham/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28:Iskra Lawrence is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Gotham/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28:Iskra Lawrence is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Gotham/GC Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 21:Model Iskra Lawrence attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 21:Model Iskra Lawrence attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_007(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 21:Model Iskra Lawrence attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16:Model Iskra Lawrence is seen on January 16, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Johnny Nunez/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16:Model Iskra Lawrence is seen on January 16, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Johnny Nunez/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 15:Model Iskra Lawrence attends Sprayground Times Square on January 15, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 15:Model Iskra Lawrence attends Sprayground Times Square on January 15, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 15:Model Iskra Lawrence attends Sprayground Times Square on January 15, 2018 in New York City.(Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13:Iskra Lawrence attends the 2017 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in New York City.(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04:Iskra Lawrence attends The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 4, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mike Marsland/BFC/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04:Iskra Lawrence attends The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 4, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mike Marsland/BFC/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13:Iskra Lawrence attends the 2017 Glamour Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in New York City.(Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18:Iskra Lawrence attending the The Trafalgar St. James launch party on October 18, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18:Iskra Lawrence attending the The Trafalgar St. James launch party on October 18, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18:Iskra Lawrence attends the Pringle of Scotland show during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 18, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mike Marsland/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council)LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18:Iskra Lawrence attends the Pringle of Scotland show during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 18, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Mike Marsland/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council)LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18:Iskra Lawrence attends the Aspinal of London presentation during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 18, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Darren Gerrish/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council)Up Next

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“I have forgotten all the rules that I once thought I had to stick to because of my body shape and size and I now literally just see something and if I feel like it’s part of me, I’ll wear it,” Lawrence continued, while commending designers like Tanya Taylor, who dressed the model for the annual CFDA Vogue Fashion Awards on Monday, for already paving the way for industry change. “I’ve known of Tanya’s work for the longest time, I’ve seen her beautiful prints and designs. Then it wasn’t until we actually got to finally connect in person at New York Fashion Week…it was literally, like, an explosion of fun and celebration and joy of women.”

Taylor’s partnership with outspoken Iskra showcases firsthand the importance of representation and the alignment of both of their values. “She uses her platform for positivity. She’s really confident and vocal and very outspoken about body acceptance. and that’s something our brand is really passionate about,” Taylor said. 

31 PHOTOSIskra Lawrence's best InstagramsSee GalleryIskra Lawrence's best InstagramsIf you thought you were surprised I’m pregnant🤰🏼you can’t imagine how shocked I was!Link in my bio to watch our video spilling all the ☕️ on how we found out and our reactions👀😬Also I’m sharing for the first time how I wanna give birth and some cute videos of me telling my family and bestie❤️ @allinwithiskra @kincommunity #allinwithiskraThanking God for this day and everyday. Counting my blessings and keeping a loving heart, grateful mind and healthy happy balance inside out. What are you grateful for today? Maybe it’s clean laundry? The roof over your head? Your loved ones♥️ tell yourself one thing you’re grateful for right now and share it with me if you feel comfortable would love to share and spread some light and love today with each otherAnd PS yes these are new @aerie leggings and beanie #aerierealAd| mermaid life @personabymr skirt🤗..#personabyMR #personaambassador☀️always summer somewhere☀️ 👙 @aerie 📸 @diggzy #aeriereal #everyBODYisbeautifulAd| 🌹the sweetest tea party for @boohoo x @taylor_hill with my girl @tiffmcfierce♥️My shirt is part of the collection and I’m blown away how cute everything is😍#boohooxtaylorhill #boohoo #beverlyhillshotelSubtle trap @philipapayne P👑Posting a special vid later with dets in how you can win a free trip to NYC to meet and workout with me @trxtraining 🔥📸📸📸 @eliyz_galleryBikini from @aerie was a while ago but new swim is online❤️ #aerierealHi👋 so today was pretty crazy.Still shook to be the 335th person to receive your honorary patronage and this shiny medal (I won’t be eBaying)😂 from @tcdphil for challenging the standards within the fashion industry the last 10years and advocating for retouching awareness, and working to eradicate bullying and eating disorder awareness.Getting to speak to you all then do the Q&A was so special and hoping you’ll all try out the superpower vision boarding tonight and can’t wait to see how you use your unique superpowers in the world❤️🖤Paris 📸📸📸 @nicolasgerardinOutfit dets…#renttherunway dress (styled by @aimedean)#rebeccaminkoff [email protected] earrings (gifted)#nophotoshop #unedited #bnwphotographyWhat I wear underneath see through tings 👀@AERIE REAL POWER PLUNGE PUSH UP! Aka my booby bestie, it’s the sexiest but comfiest braaaaa ever😍and a good ol pair of full coverage shapewear that has straps to throw on over your bra 👌I wore a see through lace dress to an event and even though it felt comfortable just wearing bra and a normal brief undie, when the flashes went off it literally looked like I was just in my undies right there in front of hundreds of people on the red carpet😂🙈So I did some research and got some bodies to feel a lickle more covered up…but still sexyyyy because I prefer the bodies without built in bras so you can wear your own🤗This isn’t an ad I just thought it maybe useful as I didn’t really know what to wear before and now I’ve found my go to🙌🎼PS the song is 9-9 @noahnorth 🔥🔥🔥 #whatliesunderneath #fashionhacks #aerierealLife really is one big adventure💖Grateful for nature, my loved ones and the friends I get to make on the way.Thank you @aerie for changing my life. Enriching it with some of the most beautiful souls, travelling the world and helping me live my purpose everyday.One day I’ll write a book about all the magical people I’ve met and stories you’ve shared with me, my favourite days are meeting you all.Nothing is more special to me than this human connection.And just remember, no matter who you are or where you, you are created on purpose for a purpose and I’m sending you all my love❤️.And ps yes this wrap dress is @aerie #aeriereal 😛💖@tanyataylor yesterday living my most colour filled life🥰💛🧡❤️💖💜💙💚 So happy I finally got to meet you Tanya! And of course see on of my role models and mentors @sambarry love ya!Styled by @scotlouie wearing @tanyataylor dress, @ninashoes @rebeccaminkoff bag and @missomalondon necklacesThanks for the pics birthday girl @jennacurran 🥰#nyfw #tanyataylor #pink #funfashion #colourpopSoft tummies are yummy😛Thank you @aerie for never retouching and showing that lingerie isn’t a fantasy for a patriarchal gaze but a liberation of loving our bodies just as they, for ourselves❤️ #aeriereal #softtummiesareyummy #everyBODYisbeautiful #selflove #bodyconfidence #realbodies✨💕made a new AskIskra vid on @therunwayriot 👆🏼link in my bio👆🏼 also it’s not too late to post your unretouched photo with the #AerieReal for everyone who posts @Aerie will donate $1 (up to $30K) to @NEDAstaff 🙌a non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders. 🙏🏼💙So help save lives from #EDs and join me👙 tag your friends who should get involved @hannahshetler @samanthasbolger 😚✨💕🦄🦄✨ I’ve been at home in NY this week and managed to get to the gym 3 times I feel it, stronger, fitter, tighter. I am a US 12 and UK 14 for those of you who ask. But size doesn’t matter. 💕 health comes in many shapes and sizes and is also your mental health. I hope that we can stop labelling people and putting such an emphasis on size when we are all so much more than that. And yes I’m in my undies but they’re cute so idgaf😋✨🦄💕 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful #builtNOTbought ✈️✈️✈️Just landed in ATL see you at the mall of Georgia @aerie store from 5-9pm🙌💛good morning🚀 on my way to Kentucky😬 see you at 2-6pm at Matthews mall @aerie store🙌🦄 can’t wait to meet all my #AerieReal girlies 😚✨💕 cus its #selfie Sunday and that ATL sunshine is beaut💛 no filter no FaceTune the real you is good enough✨🐾 I’m taking over @people_style Instagram today! Follow them now to find out what I get upto today at the University of Central Florida with @aerie 😬💕✨ #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful wearing #aeriereal leggings n crop❤️✨😝I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself…This is for anyone who has ever been called FAT. Thanks for the inspirational words on a recent pic @zseanzbrown 👇🏼 “Fat cow. It’s only cus every F****r on this planet is obese that that’s the norm… Plus-size models? give me a F*****g breaking. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald’s, the NHS is f****d because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps.” Opinions are like arseholes – everyone’s got one🙌 thanks to the dream team for making this happen at work today 📸 by @ricktphoto @mandywinrow @nickigillonstylist✨🏙 lil #ootd pic from yesterday after meetings in BK🙌🍕on Fridays I feature a real girls style and our fave @therunwayriot comments 👆🏼link in my bio👆🏼 this is a site created for you to celebrate all women and talk fashion beauty and self-care (body image, mental health & fitness) I want to here from you what you would like me to talk about or push for in the fashion industry and media✨💕 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful✨👙💕🐒 had to hit you w the slowmoooooo🐢 the wafting skills of @heathmassihair are the stuff of legends 🙌💁🏼🌟 get ready for my @lookmagazine cover dropping May 3rd😬😚✨💕 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful wearing @primark styled by @chloefashed makeup @athena_skouvakis✨💃🏼 had so much fun getting sweaty & dancing @kpdancebody thank you so much @selfmagazine @joycemarg for inviting me🙌😚✨💕 wearing all @aerie #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful✨just wrapped day 3 w @aerie can’t wait for you to see what we have in store😋😋😋 thanks to the whole team I seriously love you all❤️ makeup by my darling @cdaymakeup the whole outfit is #AerieReal & kicks by @merceramsterdam 😚✨💕 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful no filter or photoshop cus the REAL you is good enough 🌟✨🐰 uploaded a new vid📽 to @therunwayriot talking about my fave clothing (crop tops obvs🙄) 😂🙈 and why I feel confident..not 💯 sure how to explain it lol so if you wanna check it out 👆🏼link in my bio👆🏼😋 #iskralawrence #flashbackfriday #everyBODYisbeautiful 🌟wearing some faves from @michaelmavenofficial & handmade kicks from @natalia_mazzitelli 🙏🏼✨💕 I’m honoured to have written for @time @motto I would love it if you took the time to read my story and why I took a stand against the body shamers.🚫 link to my article in in my bio👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 🙏🏼thank you so so much for all your support I hope this article can shine a light on what I do and hope to achieve with your help our voices can make a positive impact🌟✨💕 ILY all 😚🦄 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful wearing @aerie and pic by @andrewbuda styling @erincrittling HM @pattybellmakeupThank you @lorealhair @lorealmakeup for the most magical evening celebrating @sagawards congratulations to all the winners🙌Thanks to my stylist @scotlouie for the daring dress and putting it together last minute🙏To my gorge glam team @brittanyspyksma @yasmeinmuahairAnd all the loreal girlies for being real ones with our mutual love for post red carpet burgers😂😘❤️#lorealpartner #loreal #lorealhairK maybe 1 more sneak peek😝 using that flexibility and balance boyyyyyyyCan’t wait to post this shoot w @brandonalmengo styled by @youthsmhr💥WE’RE LIVE💥You can signup worldwide to @everyBODYwithiskra 🌍 (link in my bio)👆The first ever health, fitness and self-care program in the world to give you full access to the tools to help you feel happier and healthier.No more diet culture BS💩No scales, measurements or equipment needed.Private 24hr Facebook community with the spark squad so you’re fully supported.And workouts that are fun and recipes to inspire you. No restriction or bullying, no guilt or judgement.I’ve been creating this program and content for over a year and I’d love your comments and feedback. I’ll be live on the program and checking in to see how you’re all doing from all over the world.So excited for you to join #everyBODYwithiskra and for us all to go on a self-love and well-being journey together❤️Sign up and start today at www.everyBODYwithiskra.comand you’ll get full app access for free too and there’s even a 7 day free trial to see if its for you😘😘😘Night night NYC see you in the morning London ✈️✈️✈️Bralette is @aerie #aerieReal📸 @andrewbudaStyling @erincrittlingHair + Makeup @leahlondonhairmuaBk in the city for 24hrs. Can we skip to spring pls😇📸 throwback by @ashleyjophoto7days and @everyBODYwithiskra will be here. Aiming to positively progress the way we view ourselves and redefine what happy and healthy means to you.Comment below what healthy means to you…#everyBODYwithiskra #focusedaf #letsgetit💦The new @aerie swim is already online eeeekkkk 🌊Feels like yesterday we were all here can’t wait to see you all soon my loves😘Photog @andrewbudaMakeup + Hair @domaneekStyling @erincrittlingAD @summietimeProduction @thelovelyworks @andshe#aeriereal =never retouched😘6days phone free and I’m back😛Sending you all LOVE, HAPPINESS and HEALTH for 2018.Just had to take some time to disconnect and I’m serious, first day I definitely felt a bit lost. Because it’s a habit to reach for your phone even just to fill minutes.I found myself just sitting and doing nothing and just being. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to just sit with yourself, no distractions.I tend to over think so it was really good to practise peace and quiet through mindfulness. And being truly present especially as I was with my loved ones who I don’t get to see enough living in NYC.I’ll post up a couple of pics from this past week but I generally like to keep my family life quite private as they didn’t sign upto life online.I’m so excited to kick off 2018 with a heart full of love and gratitude but I know there’s so much more work to do making more time for selflessness and giving and trying to use my privilege in a positive constructive way.Sooo I’ve rambled as per but if anyone’s reading down this far thank you so so much for all your Christmas and New Year wishes I’m so grateful for you all and I want you to know your power and shine even brighter in 2018!!!Thank you @sprayground for the dope red coat it’s warm as hell and to @sneakermood + @exclusivestorefor my air Max’s🙏🙏🙏And u already know those are the @aerie velvet leggings✨🦄Up Next

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