She's using her platform to remind women that anyone can be fearless in the face of obstacles or change.

By Faith Brar
January 31, 2019
Photo: Aerie

Since they first committed to stop retouching their photos in 2014, Aerie has been on a mission to change the way women feel about their bodies. They've since featured models of all different shapes, sizes, and races to make a point about inclusivity. Now, as a historic first, they've invited two-time gold medalist and U.S. Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby to join their newest class of Role Models (brand ambassadors).

Huckaby will be the first person with a physical disability to represent Aerie-and to say she's stoked about it is an understatement. "I'm so excited to join Aerie as a new #AerieREAL Role Model," she recently wrote on Instagram, sharing the news. "I can't even describe the feelings I have for the mission and overall spirit of the company."

By participating in this campaign, Huckaby wants to show women that they can be fearless in life, regardless of their body's type or ability. "My fearless journey started with a cancer diagnosis," she wrote. "I needed to trust my doctors during my treatments and through amputation. I then needed to be fearless when I uprooted my life from Louisiana to move to Utah. I needed to be fearless to be a positive example for my daughter. I needed to be fearless to pose in a swimsuit. I needed to be fearless to love my body, imperfections and all. I needed to be fearless to say yes to unknown opportunities." (Related: 10 Strong, Powerful Women to Inspire Your Inner Badass)

She continued by reminding women that they have the power to step out of their comfort zone and handle any obstacles that come their way. "Yes, new opportunities are scary whether you're moving jobs, houses, even schools," she wrote. "What's important is you are in control of how you react to the changes. You have control to not let anything limit you. You have the power to be fearless, too."

Huckaby is joining Busy Philipps, Samira Wiley, and Jameela Jamil in Aerie's new group of Role Models-and wants to do her part to help women with disabilities feel empowered to wear whatever they want and feel comfortable in their skin. (Related: This Instagrammer Is Sharing Why It's So Important to Love Your Body As It Is)

"I wasn't always comfortable with my body and was afraid of what people would think of me, but I've learned when you feel good in your own skin it absolutely shows," she said in a press release. "I want to help change the stigma behind disabilities and the opportunity to be a part of this campaign helps reinforce to ALL women that there is absolutely nothing that can stop any of us from fulfilling our dreams."