Curvy model Iskra Lawrence is ready to redefine the term “body goals” and she wants you on board.
Lawrence, who currently models for Aerie’s #AerieREAL campaign, recently took to YouTube and Instagram to explain her issues with the current #BodyGoals hashtag and why it perpetuates body insecurities online.
“When you search through pics on social media many that are tagged #BodyGoals etc show mainly white, slim, toned, cis-gendered, airbrushed bodies.”
So Lawrence wants to put an end to that. She wrote,
“Imagine if we began to tag ourselves/images/messages that actually celebrate our bodies for the fact they are our homes, that diversity is beautiful and that we are imperfectly perfect”
We LOVE this idea! “Body goals” shouldn’t be just one singular body type — in fact, that defeats the purpose. We need to repurpose the movement to redefine what it means to have the best body type. Lawrence wrote,
“So instead of in future seeing a group of images with that hashtag that are exclusionary & potentially triggering, we see that there is No one type of body goal and maybe challenge their perception of what that even means?! Because there really is so many more amazing aspects to our bodies than just it’s physical appearance.”
She proposes using the hashtags #WEareBodyGoals and #IamBodyGoals.
We are totally going to do this! AS proven by the use of #EffYourBeautyStandards, started by Tess Holliday, hashtags can and do make a difference. We have the ability to change our cultural ideas of beauty, so what are we waiting for?
Check out Iskra’s video below for more of her ideas on body goals.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.