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Aerie Just Launched An All-New #AerieReal Campaign, & These Are the Models You ~Need~ to Know

Aerie is the most underrated part of our personal support group. Whether Aerie’s literally supporting our boobs or launching an unretouched fashion campaign, Aerie’s working a double shift to boost our self-love. In the last year alone Aerie has inaugurated powerful role models like Yara Shahidi and Aly Raisman in their #AerieReal campaign. However, Aerie is using its body positive (and overall, positively positive) mission to address a critical issue in the fashion and beauty industry: the erasure of disabled models. After Aerie announced its lineup of over 50 inclusive models, there are a few models you should follow on Instagram (in case you’re too busy to follow all of these women).

As ELLE notes, the 57 women who’ve recently joined Aerie’s #AerieReal campaign are nonmodels, which makes this decision even more significant

Beyond the fact that these women aren’t professional models, Aerie celebrates their disabilities and bodies in a beautifully realistic way that doesn’t exploit their disabilities for inspiration porn. White ASOS debuted a wheelchair-friendly tracksuit, apparel for people who use mobility aids are virtually nonexistent in the world of fashion. However, creating a campaign that celebrates disabled models can help push the industry to create inclusive fashion—and following these models can help bolster this necessecary change.

Gaylyn Henderson is a model who has an ostomy, who uses her social media platform to empower people to get an ostomy. Honestly, her handle says it all: gutlessandglamorous. And we’re gutted that Gaylyn is continuing to work with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to eradicate the stigma against inflammatory conditions and ostomies.


Let the real you shine! Thank you @aerie! #aerieREAL

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Evelyn Robin Ann is a model who has type 1 diabetes and has already gained a fan following on Aerie’s website because customers are positively ecstatic that they have the same insulin pump as her.


If these reviews on Evelyn’s debut Aerie modeling work don’t show you that representation, beyond simple inclusivity, can effectively inspire others, then we don’t know what will.


Abby Sams is a model who has an invisible, chronic illness and her involvement in the Aerie campaign is critical. By including Abby’s wheelchair in her photos, this helped abolish the problematic stigma that invisible disabilities are always invisible—and it gives a platform to people with invisible disabilities, who are often erased from the industry.


Apart from these three women who are making a positive change in the fashion industry, there are a ton of other follow-worthy new models in the #AerieReal campaign. Because many of these 57 new Aerie models weren’t professional models before they applied, Aerie has extended the hashtag so any social media user can highlight, love and appreciate their own real selves.

Chelsea is the Health Editor and How She Got There Editor for Her Campus. In addition to editing articles about mental health, women's health and physical health, Chelsea contributes to Her Campus as a Feature Writer, Beauty Writer, Entertainment Writer and News Writer. Some of her unofficial, albeit self-imposed, responsibilities include arguing about the Oxford comma, fangirling about other writers' articles, and pitching Her Campus's editors shamelessly nerdy content (at ambiguously late/early hours, nonetheless). When she isn't writing for Her Campus, she is probably drawing insects, painting with wine or sobbing through "Crimson Peak." Please email any hate, praise, tips, or inquiries to cjackscreate@gmail.com
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