Model Behavior is an A Plus series featuring fashion models who promote body positivity, and work to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.
Back in March, Iskra Lawrence, a beautiful plus-size model who's been named a role model for Aerie's #AerieReal campaign, showed women they can pull off any style trend, regardless of what people say.
But despite all this positivity, Lawrence, like many women, has been body shamed for her appearance. Recently, an Instagram user took to social media to call her a "fat cow."
"Fat cow. It's only cus [sic] every fucker on this planet is obese that that's the norm ... Plus-size models? give me a fucking breaking [sic]," the Instagrammer wrote. "Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald's, the NHS is fucked because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps."
Rather than allow the body shaming to continue, Lawrence fought back with her own powerful words, posted alongside some pretty epic photographs.
"This is for anyone who has ever been called FAT," Lawrence writes at the start of her post. "Opinions are like arseholes — everyone's got one."
In the photo, Lawrence lies in nude undergarments, flaunting her stunning curves, surrounded by snacks.
Because — to put it simply — she can.
And in a second, slow motion video post, Lawrence eats a chip before throwing up the bird to fat-shamers.
"I eat whatever I want in moderation. I will eat crisps, but I'll also make healthy home cooked meals and workout regularly," Lawrence explains, speaking to her healthy and happy lifestyle.
"The message is who gives an F what anyone else thinks of you. YOU are the only one who decides yourself worth."
That message could not be more on point.
We hope that Lawrence's post only further encourages women to be proud of their bodies. Moreover, we think it's models like her that the fashion industry truly needs to help further promote healthy lifestyles.