Model Iskra Lawrence talked to BB about creepy messages she received online from an obsessive fan who was dressed like a clown and threatened to kill her. The video below shows her reaction as the contents of the message are read to her, via BBC Inside Out West Midlands:
Lawrence is a plus-sized model and the Managing Editor Runway Riot, a website meant to be an outlet for women of all shapes and sizes to learn about glamour, and says that she receives threatening and/or abusive messaging daily from strangers, telling this to Unilad:
"I receive abuse daily – but only from men or private faceless profiles. Usually calling me fat or a cow or worse I receive sexist comments that I should shut up (because I tend to write captions to spread a positive idea or educational body image practices) or turn around. Those are vile. I post because I’m grateful to have a platform for positive change."
"There was that one time I decided to make an example of a comment that was so ridiculous that I made a comical reply by stuffing my face with crisps and giving the troll the finger. I always try to make something negative into something positive – don’t let them win or hurt you."
"They leave you wondering why these people would chose to target you – what did I ever do to them. I am know scared to post where I am or what I’m doing. I don’t want to Geo tag my location ever again because I have no idea who these sick people could be."
An influencer in body positivity, Iskra Lawrence refuses to photoshop and of her pictures prior to posting, instead influencing women to appreciate their natural beauty.
Entertainers around the world, no matter how popular, receive abuse all of the time, but this example from Iskra is one of the more cringeworthy I've ever seen given the sheer creepiness—and it needs to stop.