barbie ferreira is unretouched and 100% real in new aerie campaign
The Queen of Inbetween stars in the casual wear brand's body positive, unphotoshopped campaign.
American Eagle's sister brand, Aerie, launched a campaign to stop photoshopping models beyond recognition in 2014. Last season, Emma Roberts went au naturale for #AerieReal, but this season marks the first time the brand has cast a size 12 model to flaunt its swimwear. A teaser video shows 19-year-old body-positive pioneer Barbara Ferreira explaining why digital enhancement is not for her: "I am unapologetically myself, no matter what anybody's opinion of me is. Not being retouched in the images is something that is very important to me, people knowing that that's what I look like, without anyone's perception of what my body needs to look like." Barbie captioned an image from the campaign on her Instagram with, "This is a healthy body, too."
Frustrated with having no curvy role models to look up to while she was growing up, Barbie decided to take things into her own hands: she sent a few images of herself off to American Apparel. Today, she is that role model to the Insta-world over; she's signed to Wilhelmina models and has stared in Calvin Klein campaigns as well as #AerieReal. Alongside other curvy models like Myla Delbasio, Ashley Graham and Denise Bidot, Barbie is slowly but surely changing the way the fashion industry presents bodies photoshopped to unattainable "perfection."
As Barbie told us in an interview last year, "We all come in so many heights and sizes that it would be silly to go so long without representing them. I think if the industry really took the risk of diversity, it will be surprised with the support it gets. Everyone is sick of one type of beauty, it's 2015." That risk has just been taken, and Barbie's the face of it.