If you're like most people, you take one look at someone's fabulous Instagram account and immediately feel inadequate. Everyone has thin waists, tight abs and booties that defy gravity. Everyone's faces are blemish-free, and the light hits them at just the right angle so they're positively glowing.
I don't know about you, but I'll stick with memes instead of selfies, thank you very much.
According to Instagram sensation Iskra Lawrence, how you look in those Instagram selfies has less to do with how you look than how you pose. A model for 14 years, Lawrence makes a living off looking her best, so she knows what she's talking about.
On her Instagram post, Lawrence says:
I wanted to get super real and show u how drastically and instantly ppl can change how they look simply by posing! Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop! ... I myself still pose and there's nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident but let's be honest and show the actual process.
EXPOSING all the model poses on the gram in this weeks self-care Sunday video ▶️(Link to watch in my bio)👆 Swipe to see 6 of the 7 before and after that I show in real time in my video➡️ Please watch the video to understand these series of pics 😘 I wanted to get super real and show u how drastically and instantly ppl can change how they look simply by posing! Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop! I've talked about this a lot in the past but in this video I show you 7 ways in which posing can dramatically change how we look. I'm super excited to share this with you, I myself still pose and there's nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident but let's be honest and show the actual process. I've been modelling 14years so I learnt some stuff I want to share with you all. Because life's not perfect, social media lives aren't Perfect and neither are us or our bodies. And that's exactly how it's meant to be! Because we are all imperfectly perfect and 100% unique. So s/o to all the real ones who keep it 💯 celebrate every single inch of pinkcandyfloss you and who you are! I hope you enjoy this video, thank you so much to @elleusa #FashionForAll and @youtube for making this possible. ----- What I'm wearing: @aerie bralette @americaneagle jeans @ph5official bodysuit in the vid @tai_jewelry hoops ------ And to clarify non of these pictures have been retouched or photoshopped! #aeriereal ------ Free online screening tools to help identify eating disorders available @NEDA website. www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool
The model demonstrates a few cheats in the video:
When you see that perfect photo, what really goes on behind the scenes is good lighting, good angle, good posing – it can completely change what your body looks like.
Hey body parts, I know in the past we didn't understand or love each other but please forgive me. I was brainwashed by societal ideals and the medias expectations of perfection. When I looked at you all I saw was the imperfections I had been taught to see, using descriptors of shame and hate because that's what I read and heard other women say to themselves. How was I meant to love my cellulite🐯⚡️🕷veins , breakouts or fat when I'd been told these things were "problem areas", "flaws" and things to be ashamed of. Well don't worry body cuz I see through all that BS 💩now. And I see you for all that you do for me, you're my Hero. Without you I'd have no home, no identity, no vessel to live out this beautiful life in. So thank you for being imperfectly perfect, one of a kind and all mine. ------ #workingwithglossier #andlovingit thank u for this magical glowy lotion @glossier making #BodyHero such an empowering campaign🙏 #nomorebodyBS #noretouching #nophotoshop #ourbodiesourmagical ------ Ps I am fully aware of my many privileges, and yes models have eating disorders, body image issues and insecurities many humans do because of diet culture. EDs and mental health do NOT discriminate. Anyway who is still struggling you are not alone please contact @neda they have a helpline and also online screen toppings x
Most important, Lawrence is an advocate for body positivity. Her message is intended to help people who might envy Instagram models feel a bit better about their own bodies, whether or not they choose to use her tricks to make their butts look perky and their rolls disappear.
Thanks for keeping it real, Iskra!