In the quest for perfection, models and celebrities are often retouched— sometimes without their consent. Model Iskra Lawrence is fighting back against ridiculous body standards by going behind the scenes with a professional retoucher.
In a video for Elle, the plus-size model shows us how dramatic retouching is (even on someone as fit as her). She sat down with a retoucher as he digitally minimizes her legs and hips. He even added a thigh gap. It's creepy how easy a woman's body can be manipulated with a few clicks.
"I have no idea who that is," Iskra says, looking at her slimmed-down image. "That's not real. That's not me."
Iskra says that she was initially told that she could never be a model because of her size and she struggled with fitting into other people's ideal of beauty.
On social media, the 26-year-old is able to share her real body in all its glory. "I'm finally at a place where I don't want to have to be skinny," she says. "I have this one body. I want it to be fit and healthy."