Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Aly Raisman

Aly’s real power is strength, and she lives her power every single day. She’s all kinds of strong—from the strength that led her to become a gold medal gymnast, to the strength she found to speak out against sexual abuse and empower others to speak their truths, too.

As an #AerieREAL Role Model since 2018, not only has Aly helped us share the #AerieREAL love, but she’s seen the change within herself: “Being an #AerieREAL Role Model has been so empowering for me. I’ve seen the transformation within myself over the last year.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Aly Raisman

Aly is always on the go, and she loves to wear what feels best: “I like wearing clothes that are comfortable and make me feel confident to be the best version of myself!” Shop her Aerie faves here.

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Aly Raisman“If I want to have the strength and the courage to help other people, I have to take care of myself.”

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Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Samira Wiley

Samira is a bright light who radiates passion and purpose. She shines on screen in our favorite shows, and off screen as a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. Her real power is her smile, and “it’s not just a smile. It’s everything that emanates from that & everything in my life that has brought me to be able to smile in that way.”

As an actress and an activist, Samira wakes up with a clear purpose every day: “What makes me feel happy in my own skin has a lot to do with passion and purpose. I feel like I’ve figured that out for myself possibly at an early age, and it’s the driving force of everything that I do.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Samira Wiley

“There’s a certain feeling when you stand in the mirror when you put on something ‘awesome’ that makes you stand in a different way, makes your face light up in a different way.” Shop Samira’s Aerie faves here.

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Samira Wiley

“I’m just trying to spread love!”

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Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Brenna Huckaby

Brenna is a Paralympic medalist who started snowboarding after she lost her leg to cancer. She went on to become a world champion not just once, but 3 times! She inspires on and off the slopes as a mom to her 3-year-old daughter. Her real power? She’s fearless.

To Brenna, fearless is about getting out of your comfort zone: “To allow yourself to go for it and step out of that comfort zone is so powerful and so scary but so important, because that’s what’s going to get you to your goals.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Brenna Huckaby

As a mom and an athlete, Brenna is always on the go. “I like anything cozy. I’m usually running from the mountain or the gym, so I love having something easy but also stylish and flattering.” Shop her Aerie faves here.

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Brenna Huckaby

“I don’t really know if there was ever a defining moment that led me to where I am, but I definitely think there was a defining mindset that got me here. It was when I stopped allowing my past to dictate my future. That was when things kept happening and amazing things came together in my life— at that moment when I just let it all go.”

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Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Molly Burke

As a YouTuber and motivational speaker, Molly shares it all—from personal stories to beauty tips to mental health and anti-bullying advocacy. And she just happens to be blind. Molly started to lose her sight when she was just 4 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from fighting for inclusivity and accessibility for all. Her real power is acceptance.

Throughout her journey, Molly found a way to view blindness as a gift: “I am able to take people for who they are and not judge them for what they look like. I get to see the real person, the inside of them, before making any judgements.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Molly Burke“My personal style is anything that is unique. Anything most people wouldn’t wear, I’m going to rock it!” Shop Molly’s Aerie faves here.

“Once I loved myself because I was actually being genuine and authentic to who I am, that’s the moment I actually started making more genuine connections with people and more genuine friendships, because the people I was meeting actually knew Molly.”

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Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Jameela Jamil

Jameela is an actress and activist who uses her real power—her voice—to remind all of us to recognize the value beyond our bodies. She founded the I Weigh movement to provide a space for everyone to share their REAL worth.

Jameela knows how to use her voice, and we’re all listening. “We have to use our voices to make change.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Jameela Jamil

“When someone feels happy and confident and comfortable, they look the best.” Shop her Aerie faves here.

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Jameela Jamil

“It’s not that I’m starting to love everything about myself. I’m starting to not care about the things that don’t matter and I do care about the things that do matter, like what kind of a friend I am, what kind of a colleague I am, what I am contributing to the world and society, and how I make other people around me feel.”

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Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Cleo Wade

Cleo is an artist and poet on a mission to tell the world about the powers of love, the impacts of community and the importance of social justice. Her book Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life is a powerful compilation of notes, poetry and advice. If you didn’t know by now, her real power is LOVE!

Cleo shares love with everyone she meets, and she recognizes that when it comes to sharing the love with yourself, self-love is a constant process: “There’s no way to wake up in the morning and decide that you’re going to be confident. I truly believe that confidence is a practice. I think that every single person has the ability to give themselves a pep talk. If you can create a practice where you can build yourself up with the language inside of your head, then I think you have the ability to live through your insecurities and not allow them to be what drives your life.”

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Cleo Wade

“I think my personal style depends on my mood. I feel that what you wear is the perfect way to express how you’re feeling that day.” Shop Cleo’s Aerie faves here.

Get to know #AerieREAL Role Model Cleo Wade

“When we express our stories as women and we tell the stories of our journey, we give the next generation a starting point and a template when they’re looking to find themselves. And then of course we want them to bust that template wide open and make it bigger and more amazing than we ever could. Every role model is a starting point for another young woman.”

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