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Iskra Lawrence Is Adamant On Not Being 'Retouched' In Photos, Admits She 'Didn't Know The Impact Photoshop Had On Me For Years'

Jul. 9 2021, Published 10:09 a.m. ET

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No filters here! Iskra Lawrence has been open with her followers over the years about her modeling career, and now she revealed that she doesn't want to be heavily edited. Instead, she just wants to be herself.

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"I didn't know the impact Photoshop had on me for years, and I used to love it," the 30-year-old said on DearMedia podcast "Lipstick on the Rim," with hosts Molly Sims and Emese Gormley.

"Oh my goodness. Can I just Photoshop myself in real life? Because I remember, you know, being told I was not enough by the industry. So, imagine that, and you do a photoshoot, and then they retouch the image. You've got a biggest thigh gap, skin smoothing, your eyes are brighter. All of these different things," the blonde beauty said.

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"My freckles have gone whenever it might be. So, you're telling me if I look like this version of myself, then I'd be more successful, more happy, more attractive. All of these things. Well, how am I? I can't just shut myself in real life. So, now not only comparing myself to the rest of society, the rest of this unrealistic expectation that I see of celebs and magazines and models, etc."

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After being edited, Lawrence realized some things about her body.

"It made me more conscious of my — I have the keratosis Pilaris on my arms, but you have the little bumps again. So many of us have that, but I never saw it, and it was always Photoshopped out, even when I started to campaign against Photoshop online," she said. "I was very vocal about it. I don't retouch my Instagram photos, etc. I did a cover shoot and bearing in mind, they interviewed me. They knew exactly what I stood for, exactly my messaging."

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Since young girls constantly use filters on social media, the U.K. native wants the next generation to "see the funny side of it" instead of thinking about how to make themselves look better all the time.

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"Kind of making it jokingly and lighthearted, I think that that to me is less damaging than a subtler photo," she said.

Even though the mom-of-one has been candid about the ups and downs in her job, she feels like she is in a good place in her life.

"But what's changed is I feel like I've got control, because most of my work now, especially because of the pandemic is online," she shared. "Sometimes you have to be in the position to say no. So, yeah, it feels good to be able to work with, you know, brands and photographers and creatives that understand when I say I don't want to be retouched. I mean, I don't want to be retouched, and I've been able to work with some huge brands who used to, and then I've been able to, you know, change and challenge the retouch policy, which has been really, really cool."

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