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Instagram / Iskra Lawrence

Iskra Lawrence is a model and body-positive advocate. She recently blew everyone away by posting heavily Photoshopped images of herself that show the scary realities of image retouching, because they look nothing like her.

Under the photos, she writes:

You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is. Well it's me! About 6/7years ago.

I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is... I'm HEAVILY retouched.

That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine - a computer programme did that. The full thick hair - extensions. Push up bra. Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool.

No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me.

And the WORST thing about it...I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!

She adds:

I thought if I had 'perfected' images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful.

When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn't even look like or relate to the image of myself!

So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren't real.

Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy.

Here's the real Iskra:

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