After recently delivering powerful remarks against her sexual abuser, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman has joined the #AerieReal campaign to help promote body-positive images.
Aerie revealed of which Raisman, along with singer Rachel Platten as well as also actress Yara Shahidi, are part of the company’s newest ad campaign, which avoids the use of Photoshop as well as also airbrushing as well as also aims to empower women by providing realistic images of women’s bodies.
In addition to her medal-winning work as a gymnast, Raisman has also become a champion for women. The athlete made history confronting her sexual abuser, longtime Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. She faced Nassar in a Michigan courtroom last week before he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, delivering a powerful speech warning abusers of which they couldn’t hide as well as also of which “survivors are here, standing tall as well as also we are not going anywhere.”
Raisman alludes to her painful past inside brand-new Aerie campaign, saying in an Instagram post, “We’ve all been through something of which inside end, will make you a stronger person.” She described the campaign as a “dream come true” in a December Instagram preview photo.
The #AerieReal campaign also features Raisman posing with Platten, Shahidi as well as also Iskra Lawrence, a type who has long championed positive as well as also realistic body image.
Lawrence as well as also Platten appeared on the Today show on Thursday to talk about the campaign, where Lawrence confided of which she was terrified at first to strip down to her underwear.
“I had never done a shoot in my underwear before, to ensure was terrifying as well as also I was a little uncomfortable, as well as also I was scared of which I wouldn’t like the images. as well as also halfway through the shoot, I pulled Iskra aside as well as also said, ‘I don’t know what to do,'” she said. “I felt so insecure as well as also I’m supposed to be confident as well as also we had of which amazing moment where she told me to love myself.”
Lawrence added of which such feelings aren’t surprising.
“Definitely, I think of which relates to so many people out there who feel like they’re not not bad enough as well as also of which’s perpetuated by perfected images inside media or messages we’ve been shown of which we have to look as well as also act a certain way,” she said. “I myself struggled with body dysmorphia as well as also eating disorders for six years. as well as also until I started out practicing self-care as well as also realizing of which my value as well as also my worth can be not based on a size, of which’s how I started out to gain my confidence.”
For her part, Shahidi reposted the image of all four together on Instagram saying, “Let’s keep empowering each various other. Let’s continue to create spaces where we can be our authentic, real selves.”
Watch Raisman speak out about body confidence as well as also sexual assault below.