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Aerie's Latest Campaign Is a Step Towards Greater Representation

Aerie's New Campaign Features the Most Diverse Group of Models Ever

Aerie features models with visible disabilities, illnesses, body hair and diverse body types in new campaign  Image by: Aerie

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Aerie's Latest Campaign Is a Step Towards Greater Representation

The lingerie brand garnered praise on social media for it's steps towards greater representation in their product campaigns.

Aerie's newest images feature a model in a wheelchair, one using arm crutches and another with an ostomy pouch. Also among the models in the campaign is Chelsea Werner, a U.S. Special Olympics champion gymnast with down syndrome and Evelyn Robin Ann from Toronto, who has Type 1 Diabetes and was photographed with her insulin pump. 

 

 

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The new images were released on their online catalogue and immediately garnered reactions on social media, with many praising the brand for making the effort to reflect all types of bodies. 

 

 

Using models that reflect the realities of consumers has been part of the important efforts to increase diversity and representation in the industry. 

"There's been a broader moment in fashion and beauty in general about really just being real about your body," says Lauren Bitar, lingerie expert and consultant at California-based retail-strategy firm RetailNext. "It's about saying, 'This is who I am.'"

This isn't the first time Aerie has been heralded for its commitment to body positivity and inclusivity. The brand stopped retouching their photos with the launch of their #AerieREAL campaign four years ago.

The latest campaign featured Yara Shahidi, Aly Raisman, Rachel Platten and Iskra Lawrence as #AerieREAL role models to advocate for self-love and empowerment. 

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