We’ve all seen (or even posted) them: Instagram photos of women in bikinis with captions seemingly apologizing for their post by starting with “I don’t usually post things like this but…” Iskra Lawrence, queen of body positivity and lover of a good ol’ bikini selfie, is here to tell you that you don’t need to use either of those excuses to upload a shot of yourself that you just really love. In a new bikini post of her own, the model explained that simply feeling yourself and your look is more than enough reason to share a poolside snap. Several, even.
On Wednesday, Lawrence uploaded two photos of herself wearing a black bikini and balancing on the edge of a rooftop pool. “I wouldn’t usually post this but… I do wonder how many posts that start like this are actually for real. Because most of the time the pics are FIRE and that’s a good enough reason to post…I don’t over think what I post unless it’s a message I want to share but if I feel good I’ll post whatever pic I want,” the 27-year-old wrote. “A bikini pic or anything else doesn’t have to have a philosophical caption or be about body posi because maybe it seems more purposeful now or demands more respect. You deserve the same respect regardless of what you choose to wear.”
Lawrence went on to note that, on the other hand, you shouldn’t feel like you have to post photos of yourself in a bikini just because everybody else is. “ALSO don’t feel pressure to post swim or underwear pics for likes, follows or because u see people like me doing it. Your comfort and confidence is wayyyy more important, so stay true to you,” she wrote, before ending the post with, “So anyway just my random thoughts right now and here I am feelin in Vegas flexin on the gram with my lil back rolls and thick thighs and cel-u-lit.. no airbushin no problem #realisenough #nophotoshop #aeriereal #vegas #cellulit #tigerstripes.”
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In recent years, Lawrence has taken it upon herself time and again to remind her followers that what you see on Instagram is not real life, and has spoken out many times against deceptive photo retouching techniques. “Seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself! So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren’t real,” she captioned a May 2017 post. “Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”
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