Image via Instagram/iamiskra
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.
...this is a 💯real body. it's not perfect but it can't be bc perfect doesn't exist. Even the fact that "perfect" means something different to all of us, and that it changes constantly through the influence of celebrity culture, society and the media means we can never attain it. The pursuit of perfection and a certain beauty ideal wasted so many years of my life. You get to choose how you feel about yourself. I know it doesn't matter if I have some tiger stripes🐯or⚡️ that I got rolls or some backfat that my bodies soft or hard or boney, too fat for some ppl or too muscly for others. No, I'm not gonna allow those things (or so called) "flaws" to stop me feeling good. I'm so much more than that and I will decide how I feel about myself and you can too✨ #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeuatiful 📸 from today @euandanks MUA @mrrichmond styling @beckyfashionstylist lingerie @simplybeuk
✨ day3 on set today @simplybeuk 😋 in Manchester🇬🇧 nearly 1,000 signatures for my change.org petition to get Self-care classes into schools and help our future generations learn how to look after themselves mentally, physically & emotionally. Something I wish I had had growing up. If you would like to help young ppl be healthier from the inside out you can sign the petition right now just 👆click the link in my bio👆 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful 💁hair & MUA @mrrichmond styling @beckyfashionstylist 🙌✨
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.