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Iskra Lawrence is the plus-size model who's become synonymous with lingerie powerhouse Aerie; she's the leading face of its #EveryBODYisBeautiful campaign.

But despite her whirlwind success within the body-positive movement, the 25-year-old admits she doesn't always feel like she lives up to the "supermodel" title.

In a recent "What's Underneath" video for StyleLikeUs, Lawrence had an emotional breakthrough. 

When she started as a model, she found it very difficult to find a place in the industry where her body fit.

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"I would go down to the agency and they'd just keep measuring my hips and I remember my hips were 36 inches and they needed to be 34 and I literally physically couldn't get them any smaller," she recalls.

Every agency told her she was "too wide" to work in editorial but "too small" for plus-size modeling.

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"I started booking jobs and I'd get there and they'd say, 'You're too small.' And then they'd be like, 'Yeah, we need to pad you out a bit.' And by the end of it you look at yourself in the mirror and you're two sizes bigger."

But then she finally found a home with Aerie, a lingerie brand that has a strict no-Photoshop policy.

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"There was no better campaign and pinnacle for me of coming on this journey than being in a campaign that was unretouched."

"They're not telling me I have flaws. They're telling me I'm good enough to be in my underwear," she says.

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Although Lawrence says she's proud to represent body positivity in the modeling industry, she never thought she could join that illustrious cast of supermodels who look nothing like her.

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But when the interviewer tells her that the new definition of supermodel is someone who shows her unedited beauty with total confidence, the Aerie model welled up.

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"I never thought I could be one, being me."

She didn't need Photoshop to become a supermodel. She IS a supermodel, and she became one by showing, not erasing, her stretch marks and cellulite.

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In that very real moment, Lawrence got the validation she didn't even know she needed to hear.

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"I'm just glad I was able to do it as me."

Watch Lawrence get real about her insecurities in the full video below: