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All Quotes by author - Iskra Lawrence
" A brand is only going to want to be more inclusive if they feel like it's going to be good for business as well as making the consumer feel good - so we have to encourage people to do that. Consumers have to stand up and say, 'I have power: my pound or dollar is how I vote.' "
" Aerie builds you up, and it makes you feel positive. Why don't more companies do that? "
" After so many years of being rejected and having my body scrutinized... for Aerie to come along and basically say, 'We accept you. We don't care about your size.' To see those pictures on a Times Square billboard, and they were completely unretouched, I just was like, 'Wow. I finally feel good enough!' "
" Any images that I've had retouched, I look at them, and I think, 'Oh I actually don't want that.' That's why I don't share them on Instagram. "
" As a model, I feel a great responsibility, and I understand how an image can make a young woman feel. "
" Because I was a swimmer, I felt like sports did help me to realize that my body was more than what it just looked like... and if didn't eat, then I couldn't swim fast. "
" Be you. Everyone else is already taken. "
" Change the conversation you're having in the mirror with yourself... if you hear someone who is saying something that is bringing them down, stop it. Don't be passive. Actually, take action and say, 'I wouldn't speak to my best friend like that.' "
" Clothing for larger sizes doesn't have to look frumpy and old; it should seamlessly integrate fashion - like Universal Standard. "
" Every agency would mention my hips. I remember looking at the other models and thinking, 'I do not look like these girls.' "
" Everybody can rock a bikini, swimsuit, unicorn onesie... whatever floats your boat. If you wear it with confidence, you will look hot. "
" Everyone has to realize that body-shaming can happen at any size. "
" For me, health starts from the mind, and it really does start from the inside out. "
" For me, I feel empowered when I use my body to exercise, play sports, and explore the world. My body allows me to sing, dance, talk, feel - and eat a damn good piece of cheesecake. "
" For so many years, I thought I wasn't good enough. "
" Girls shouldn't be worried about their cellulite or their rolls. Or anything that makes us real. "
" Hateful words stand no chance against self-worth and a little of humor. "
" I always encourage other people to share a story and voices. That is so important. "
" I did not label myself 'plus size.' The fashion industry did. "
" I didn't always have a lot of self confidence growing up. "
" I don't ever wanna blame my body for not being right. "
" I dreamt of being an Aerie model before I came to New York. That was one of the main reasons I came to New York and wanted to get signed. "
" I feel like I deserve to be loved because I've learned to love myself. "
" I felt like the sample size was right, and my body was wrong. I basically ended up going into battle with my body, and that's a daily battle every time you look in the mirror. Every time you see an image of a successful model or someone who you look up to who doesn't look like you, you think you're not good enough. "
" If you are trying to achieve the 'perfect body' or aspiring to be like someone else, you are only going to feel like you failed. "
" If your girlfriend is saying, 'Ugh, look at my stretch marks, look at my rolls,' don't say, 'Yeah, I hate my thighs, too.' Say, 'No, you look really cute today - and I feel good, too!' "
" If you start talking to yourself in a loving way you're going to feel so much better, and your life is going to be so much happier. "
" If you want to wear something and you feel confident, you are going to rock it. That's what I love about fashion: it's your choice and your chance to express yourself. "
" I got told I wasn't good enough and that I could never make it. And then Aerie told me I was beautiful because I was me. "
" I had a taste for this fashion industry that I loved and wanted to be a part of. "
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