Why ‘Plus-Sized’ Model Iskra Lawrence Will Never Diet Again

Why ‘Plus-Sized’ Model Iskra Lawrence Will Never Diet Again

by | Mar 23, 2018

She’s all about body confidence and loving the skin you’re in, so when it comes to dieting, it’s a hard pass from Iskra Lawrence.

In an interview with Fabulous Digital, the model and influencer spoke out about the dangers of restrictive eating regimes, having tried her fair share of them as a teen.   

“I would look at magazines and the headlines, ‘lose a stone in a month’ or whatever it might be and I would try the celebrity diets like the maple syrup diet,” she said.

“Me and my friends from school would take in these big litre bottles of lemon and pepper and maple syrup and try and drink that. I also tried the Atkins diet but I didn’t really have the resources to do so, so I would just eat ham for a week.”

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She’d also exercise obsessively, “running on the treadmill, trying to burn more calories than I ate and measured myself constantly, all different parts of my body from my calves and my thighs to my arms.”

Over time, she became so fixated on her size that it began to take a toll on her wellbeing.

“Your energy is awful, your concentration is awful, your eyesight is blurry,” she explained.

“It’s really detrimental to your mental and physical health doing any kind of extreme fad diet and abusing your body with exercise.”

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Then, at the age of 16, Iskra was dropped from her modelling agency because her hips were deemed “too big.” 

“That led to body dysmorphia and eating disorders because I was I was not nourishing my body, I was abusing it with lack of food and nutrition and abuse of exercise.”

With the help of her “wonderful parents”, she overcame her unhealthy habits and decided to try her hand at plus-sized modelling, only to be told she wasn’t the right shape. The rejection caused her to see how futile it was to try to live up to unrealistic beauty ideals.

“It made me realise how much time I’d lost and wasted trying to fit into something that I wasn’t,” she said. 

“I just gave up on all of the things in my mind that I’d been fighting to change myself for. Instead, I realised that I wanted to look after myself because I deserved better.”

“It didn’t happen overnight,” she said of her new mindset. “It took years, but it’s been the most rewarding journey ever to recover from that.” 

She’s since set up EveryBODY with Iskra; a wellness website that provides her followers with workouts, meal plans and mindfulness tools, as well as a “safe space” to chat through their self-esteem issues. She’s also become an instrumental voice in the body positive movement.

“Exercise should be about strengthening yourself, building yourself up and doing realistic challenges,” she added.

Iskra, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?