Aerie’s Newest Model Is All About Body Positivity

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she’s the stunning spokeswoman for neda

Today is a big day for the modeling industry. Fresh on the heels of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's inclusion of Lane Bryant's "This Body" campaign, a series that will proudly showcase plus-size models across billboards, TV ads, and magazine pages, Aerie has revealed its newest frontwoman: British model and activist Iskra Lawrence. 

Aerie's decision to put Lawrence in the spotlight is remarkable for two reasons: 1) She's curvy, unretouched, and glowingly gorgeous, and 2) She's the spokeswoman for The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). This marks a huge step forward for Aerie's inclusive #AerieREAL Role Model campaign, which celebrates women's bodies of all colors, shapes, and sizes with zero behind-the-scenes editing. And Iskra won't just be the face of the brand, she'll spend this season touring the country, stopping at schools and Aerie stores to spread her message. 

Aerie has truly been killing the body-pos game lately, ringing in 2016 with social-media star and acitivist Barbie Ferreira. By putting a NEDA spokeswoman front and center, the American Eagle lingerie brand is pushing the industry to not only include a physically diverse cast of women, but a mentally diverse one as well. Since nearly 30 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from an eating disorder (according to the National Association of Anorexia, Nervos, and Associated Disorders), this is certainly no small number. Here's hoping other major lines will follow suit. 

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]