A Plus-Size Model Shows How Creepy Retouching Really Is
Watch a plus-size model sit down with a professional retoucher.
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."