With the good comes the bad. Model Iskra Lawrence is a confident woman who is unafraid to show her body on social media, but she also knows that not everything is a vacation on the Internet and, well, words can hurt.
The curvy blonde, 25, has been on the defensive far too many times for her Instagram posts.
"People forget that it's you out there," she said in a Facebook Live interview with Redbook on August 19. "You're very dehumanized when you're on social media. … The more I put myself out there, the more hate I receive."
Last April, several of the British model's social media posts went viral. First, she destroyed the thigh gap phenomena by proving that it's all about angles.
"No thigh gap or thigh gap who cares," the size 14 beauty wrote to her 2.5 million followers. "I'll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lightening and angles. Always remember social medias not real life never let anyone else's pics make you feel insecure about yourself."
A month prior, an Internet troll called her a "fat cow," claiming she ate too much fast food and too many chips.
Iskra combated that by laying down in her bra and panties, covered in bags of potato chips. She also posted a slo-motion video of her eating a chip while still showing off her curvy body in her bra and underwear.
"The message is who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you," she said. "YOU are the only one who decides yourself worth."
In her Facebook chat, she said men are usually worse in terms of their judgment.
"I don't actually get [hate] off women, I get it off men," she said. "Misogynistic men who think that I'm posting for them. … They don't understand what I'm trying to do, or that I have a voice or a message. This is someone who is negative and they're just trying to put that out there. It's attention-seeking."
She even said she has empathy for her critics.
"I feel bad for those people," she said. "They clearly need help themselves and they've got insecurities."
Having gone though the gauntlet of social media hate, she said she wants to pass along a message to young girls who think that social media approval is life.
"You really have to be careful," she said. "Really, if you place your value in likes and followers you're never going to be happy."
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