Model Iskra Lawrence has made it her mission to champion diversity and body positivity in the fashion world and beyond. The British beauty has worked with intimate wears company Aerie for years now, starring in the brand’s Photoshop-free campaigns. Plus, she’s given her voice and face to countless other causes, all of which advocate for a healthy outlook on beauty standard and self-worth.
As if she didn’t have enough on the go, the 27-year-old is now throwing herself into her very own namesake project, a five-part documentary called The Mirror Challenge with Iskra. The docuseries is in partnership with Clevver, an entertainment site geared towards teens, and follows the stories of five different people. Each person has been battling some kind of issue in their lives, from eating disorders and bullying to sexual abuse and even infertility.
Instead of a physical makeover, using makeup or giving someone a new wardrobe, Iskra, who is the on-screen host and co-producer of the docuseries, is focused on inside beauty by helping the men and women find self acceptance and self love from within.
“I really wanted to provide this as a show that would help people with their body image issues, and self worth issues,” Iskra said in an interview with Teen Vogue. “We’re not giving people a personal trainer or a special diet, I’m just helping them think differently.”
In the first episode, which aired on Facebook Watch this week, Iskra meets 23-year-old Angel Brown, a mom, student and actress living in Compton, California who is self conscious of the stretch marks on her stomach that appeared after giving birth. She also feels insecure about her short locs, which she usually hides under a wig. As in each episode, Iskra works with her guests to confront their insecurities (by literally looking in a mirror and making eye contact with themselves), and challenges each person, including Angel, to change their inner negative dialogue and come to a point of acceptance and pride.
While the episodes are just 10 minutes in length, they’re jam packed with important messaging about self love and acceptance and what beauty really is.
“The participants are the same when they start the program as at the end,” she said. “It’s just literally showing the journey they go through when we stand in front of a mirror and get to the depths of why they think of themselves and see themselves the way they do and work on the foundations of self worth as a first step to take these tools and use them each day.”