Most bloggers have goals that they set for themselves and try to reach by certain milestones: 500 new followers in a month, 10% increase in page views, and collaborations with noteworthy brands. One of my proudest moments as a blogger was recently when one of my favorite brands featured me in their Instagram feed. (See my photo in all it’s glory here!) Aerie has been one of the most revolutionary brands in the game. Their #AerieReal campaign is so inspirational and I am thrilled to be a part of it. It’s crazy to me that we are in awe of a brand that is doing something so simple, but so necessary. Breaking away from the status quo by showcasing women unretouched sends messages of body positivity that are essential for young women to hear. Women are beautiful no matter what shape, size, or marks they have. Minutes of photoshopping don’t just erase our imperfections, they erase the details that make us unique. My stretch marks show my growth, the bags under my eyes are representative of my struggle to work hard and achieve my dreams, and my love handles? Well, that’s just because I love cookies.
I love me, and while I always strive to be healthier, stronger and more fit – the best version of me is when I am healthy, happy, brave, confident, and kind. I’m so proud to be #AerieReal
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