The only reason I know the model, Iskra Lawrence, is because I have nieces who are obsessed with social media and pop culture as a whole. For those that don’t know who she is, she’s a model with 4.2 million followers on Instagram, and she’s been an inspiration to many who have all different types of body shapes. However, she recently suffered from an emotional breakdown and documented it with a post of her crying and telling everyone about her feelings for the Instagram platform.
When you’re a model in today’s society, being on social media is part of the job, and if you have a lot of insecurities, that can spell trouble. Before her current breakdown, Lawrence had discussed her past issues with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which isn’t something you kick overnight. It’s something you continuously battle throughout your life.
In her recent post, Lawrence had this to say “It’s still an internal struggle to post absolutely everything. I felt like a mess, and felt like I looked a mess and my emotions were shook after something that happened yesterday and a combination of other personal issues that I think lead to this emotional breakdown. I try and commit to showing you ALL the realness, even though I do feel more comfortable posting the ‘best bits’ which there is nothing wrong with but I’m hoping this post can make at least one person feel better with not being OK. I took this pic and wanted to post it because Instagram can be completely unrelatable, overwhelming, triggering and even damaging for our mental health. Don’t ever compare your happiness, confidence, body, beauty, relationships, success or life to ANYONE online. Many people are struggling with their own issues privately or publicly and no one has to share online or post things they aren’t comfortable with. To myself I want to be honest, I want to accept myself in all of my emotions and I know it’s OK to cry. I am gentle on myself and practice self-care. I’ve surrounded myself with family, friends and faith so I know I’m supported and loved no matter what and I’m beyond grateful to have that. To anyone who has my number please don’t text I’m fine now and will explain when I see you what happened, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to share this with you all when I was upset and not 100% or all smiles like I usually am. P.S. Feel free to post a crying selfie and tag me I know I’m not alone but can’t remember the last time I saw a photo like this on the gram.”
I’m a cynic when it comes to social media and posting, so I will only see this as a bit of publicity, even though she is actually going through a tough time right now. And yes, this post might have helped some people who were feeling down, feel less alone. However, in my own dream of dreams, people wouldn’t use social media anymore, because, in the long run, it contributes more to your insecurities and mental health issues as Lawrence stated.
Is it possible, that by connecting the world, for some reason we feel more alone than ever before?
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