Self magazine’s print edition is going out on a hopeful, inspiring, beautiful note.
The glossy will go digital-only after the release of its February 2017 issue, and chose curvy model and body activist Iskra Lawrence for its last cover ―further committing itself to showing that health is not one-size-fits-all.
2016 was a big year for Lawrence. She became an Aerie “Role Model” and landed an exclusive swim and lingerie deal with the brand, walked in her first runway show and continued, as usual, to spread her message of body positivity to 2.9 million loyal Instagram followers.
A major catalyst in Lawrence’s success is her honesty and relatable approach to just about everything, including her struggles with body image, battles with trolls and a recent experience that will likely resonate with anyone who has gone shopping, ever.
Lawrence told Self about experiencing a moment in a dressing room when the largest pair of pants sold in the store didn’t fit. “In that split second I returned to my 15-year-old self, like, ‘What’s wrong with my legs ― are they huge?’ Then I was like, ‘Whoa, wait a second: This fabric here is going to make me have an internal battle? Are you kidding me?’ At some point in my life, that would have been the end of the world. But now my self-worth isn’t defined by it.”
Lawrence, who told the mag it’s been three years since she wanted to change anything about her physical self, is the picture of a healthy, positive and realistic body image ― and that will forever be the enduring image of Self magazine now, too.
Bravo. Head to Self to see the entire interview.