A Thank You To Aerie's "The Real You Is Beautiful" Campaign

A Thank You To Aerie's "The Real You Is Beautiful" Campaign

The positive change the underwear industry is seeing thanks to Aerie's "The Real You Is Beautiful" campaign.

Victoria's Secret has always been my personal go-to store when shopping for underwear. Like most of my friends, I live for the 7/$27 sales and insanely comfortable hoodies that they alway seem to produce new versions of. And of course the fashion show is always something I look forward to. I plop myself down on the couch in sweatpants with a bowl of popcorn in my hand and get ready for my self esteem to drop as the perfect models walk out and dance across the runway.

Now I know these models are naturally thin, and work out all the time as well as eat healthy to maintain their bodies. And don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore both the Victoria's Secret and Pink brands. However, behind the flawless bodies are a team of professional photographers who work their magic to photoshop any "imperfections" out of the pictures taken of these women. Their women are all twig thin as well, setting a precedent for women all across the world. I understand that they have a certain look to keep up with when it comes to their brand, but what happened to diversity? What happened to a changing world where we embrace people of all shapes, sizes, and blemishes?

In 2014, the popular clothing store American Eagle announced that they would no longer be retouching the images of their models for their Aerie underwear line. They started a campaign using the hashtag #AerieREAL to promote self love, showing girls and women models embracing their natural selves. On top of all of this, they welcomed Barbie Ferreira onto their team, finally endorsing a "plus-sized" model. Iskra Lawrence also hit the world like a storm, telling her story of being rejected by modeling companies because she was too "big" to be a model yet too "small" to be a plus-sized model. Aerie welcomed her onto their team, inviting her to be the brand's spokesmodel.

Aerie is changing the way females look at themselves. What once was an industry that only size zero girls could enter, has now spread an empowering and positive message that has been going viral since it's first release. Aerie models have been breaking boundaries and spreading buzz about body positivity, motivating girls of all ages and sizes to look in the mirror and love what they see.

The models challenge society's beauty standards, daring critiques to look at them and say they aren't beautiful. Cellulite and stretch marks, two of the most commonly airbrushed items in most beauty industries are left alone, and body shapes and blemishes are not retouched. Social media has been blasted with images of the models and the hashtag #AerieREAL, and comments are made about wanting to change the industry, instead of changing their bodies. Aerie's models have learned to be confident in their own skin and are intent on proving to the rest of the world that they too have natural, raw beauty that doesn't need to be retouched.

I can admit I haven't quite given up my VS sports bras or signature PINK pajamas yet, because change is something that occurs over time. I have, however, found myself in Aerie stores more often than Victoria's Secret, and follow the social media accounts of the inspiring models who are displayed across the Aerie store fronts. Change may occur over time, but Aerie's "The Real You Is Beautiful" campaign is taking on the world as fast as possible, one untouched image at a time.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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