You might recognize Iskra Lawrence as one of the faces featured in Aerie’s Photoshop-free #AerieReal campaign, but posing for unretouched photos in her underwear is just the beginning of this British model’s crusade for women’s body acceptance.
In addition to serving as an ambassador for NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association), the former competitive swimmer teaches classes through The Body Project, which helps young women overcome eating disorders, and she recently joined newly launched size-inclusive style site Runway Riot as its managing editor. Lawrence also uses her hugely popular Instagram account as a platform for promoting body confidence by sharing images of her gym workouts, stretch marks, and cellulite with her more than 631,000 followers.
The social media star loves burgers and chocolate as much as she does working out, so of course we had to reach out and ask exactly how she maintains those killer curves while still enjoying her favorite foods guilt-free. Keep reading for her refreshing, balanced approach to food and fitness.
I start an average day by:
Blindly roaming around my tiny New York City kitchen, collecting together some fruit and veggies for my morning juice. While I sip on my juicy creation, I start catching up with my and Runway Riot’s social media accounts—doing my best not to escape back to my bed when I see I have hundreds of DMs to reply to!
For breakfast I had:
A fresh juice—that’s always somewhere in the mix.
The one thing I’d never eat is:
Eggplant. I associate it with pretty inedible things for some reason. I’m not a fan of oysters either; they have an alien-esque look for me, thus I find them hard to swallow!
The three ingredients you’ll always find in my kitchen are:
Avocados, as they’re the only food that has such complete nutrition. You can survive off them if you were stranded on an island. Real talk! Eggs, as I poach, fry, and scramble them—not to mention I love baking, so at any one time, we have at least 20 eggs in our fridge. Chocolate counts as an ingredient, right? I have always gained a few pounds when I travel back from England because my case is full of Galaxy and Dairy Milk.
For lunch I had:
I threw in a burger from my local Five Guys—what can I say!
My all-time favorite workout:
Squats all day!
My go-to healthy restaurant:
I love Sweetgreen. They do the best create-your-own salads with salmon.
If I need to shape up before a big event …:
It’s all about consistency, as I’ve been working for the body I have today for the last four years. I do my best to train at least three times a week, though sometimes it doesn’t happen. I don’t feel any pressure to work out right before a shoot because I’ve already put the hard work in.
Today I snacked on:
I carry protein bars with me in case I get hungry. My faves are Quest bars.
The health trend I just can’t get behind is:
I’m not into cutting foods out of my diet.
My go-to cocktail:
I actually don’t drink!
For dinner I had:
There are no rules for me: Dinner—often leftovers—can be breakfast, or dessert could be for dinner.
I’m obsessed with these Instagram accounts:
Lyzabeth Lopez (@lyzabethlopez) for fitness tips, as her body is so strong. She’s great at fully expanding each exercise to make sure you get the technique right. Crazy Vegan Kitchen (@crazyvegankitchen) has everything to satisfy your taste buds from cheesecake to tacos, and it’s all super healthy!
My signature healthy dish is:
Salmon, sweet potato wedges, and broccoli.
My (edible!) guilty pleasures are:
Chocolate and burgers.
My biggest health tip for travelers:
Prepare, and don’t use traveling as an excuse. Research healthy restaurants or food stores, and buy snacks—nuts, fruit, protein bars—so you don’t reach for junk. Even if you only do squats while you’re brushing your teeth or some ab exercises before bed, just do it! You will thank yourself for it.
The top three songs on my workout playlist right now are:
“Jumpman” by Drake & Future, “How Deep Is Your Love” (Chris Lake Remix) by Calvin Harris, and “Down in the DM” by Yo Gotti.
My go-to activewear pieces are:
A supportive sports bra and a very stretchy pair of leggings.
My go-to health app:
The 8 Minute Abs app. It kick-started my journey to a flatter stomach. You can do it every day when you wake up and see results in a month.
The best part of my job is:
Receiving hundreds of direct messages every day from young women who have been inspired by my journey and the work I do with NEDA, Aerie, and Runway Riot. They are my daily motivation, and I want to make the fashion industry a more inclusive, body-positive place for them.