Aerie’s has announced the new class of #AerieREAL Role Models, and it’s quite the impressive bunch. Joining current role models like Iskra and Aly Raisman are actors Lana Condor, Beanie Feldstein, Ali Stroker, and Hari Nef; scientist Keiana Cave, Smile On Me founder Dre Thomas, DJ and wellness advocate Tiff McFierce, and sustainability activist Manuela Barón.
The #AerieREAL Role Models, for those who don’t know, are a crop of women whom Aerie believes are leading conversations and pushing the needle forward on topics like inclusivity, women’s empowerment, wellness, and sustainability. Each year the Role Models participate in a completely urnetouched photo shoot, a hallmark of AerieREAL’s body-positive message. The new pics are stunning, naturally, and powerful.
Sadly, this isn’t the norm yet for the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries. Retouching and superficiality are still very much things in Hollywood, but hopefully #AerieREAL and other similar efforts can help make pop-culture more inclusive. Below, we talk to two of the new Role Models—Feldstein and Condor—about the campaign, beauty standards, and so much more.
Glamour: How did you feel when#AerieREAL first approached you about becoming a Role Model?
Beanie Feldstein: I was just so excited because it feels like such an incredible fit. I was really inspired by it and always was so impressed and in awe of the fact that they gave up retouching. I thought that was so important. I think in everything I do, whether it’s on-screen or off-screen, I want to be a part of things that feel right to me and feel morally in line with who I am. Aerie is a true celebration of every woman, every body type.
Lana Condor: It was so exciting because I think all of these women are so accomplished because they are being themselves. It takes a lot of courage to just to be yourself and show it to the world.
What was the photo shoot like?
Feldstein: I was just so excited to be with this group of women and look around and be like, “That looks incredible on you.”
Condor: It was just kind of like a big party. We were just dancing, and it felt like a really fun girls’ party. It’s so rare to find a group of girls who can all have a great time together and bond so quickly without knowing each other before, so it was really fun.