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AM I #AERIEREAL?

Guys! I am thrilled to finally share with you all that I am partnering with Aerie as an Aerie Ambassador for this next year!


AerieREAL has been a campaign that I have loved and followed for years. I've watched and admired the women representing the brand as they stood bold in their imperfections and publicly embraced their flaws.

I've shopped at Aerie and American Eagle throughout my teenage years and into my adulthood. As a curvy girl, it's often difficult to find clothes that don't make me look like someone's grandmother. It's such a breath of fresh air to have a brand that not only makes on-trend clothes for me, but that celebrates everyone woman in the current skin that she is in.


When I was offered the opportunity to be an Aerie Ambassador, I was through the roof with excitement…and then a few days later, I got scared. Here I see all these women so bold in their skin, and here I was often trying not to let any of my insecurities seep through. Was I confident enough? Was I vulnerable enough? Was I REAL enough?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀


But then I realized, REAL does not mean I have it all together. REAL does not mean I live without insecurities. REAL does not mean perfect. ⁠⠀


Photography // Ali Folster


I've struggled with my own body image and self-confidence over the years, and it is something I have to continue working on. Social media, the beauty and fashion industry, can easily distort the image of what beauty 'needs' to be. The more we are upfront about our struggles, and the more we peel back the layers of perfection, we not only empower ourselves to live REAL lives, we empower others too. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀


As I travel my journey to fully embracing me, I want to encourage you to fully embrace you.⁠⠀ ⁠


Xo,

Jessica

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