"I have had people in the body positive community upset with me about this whole thing," he told Buzzfeed. "My part and contribution to the project was 100% authentic and real." He explains how everything he said in the video was real and unscripted. "We were asked questions about male body image and those were our responsibilities. Everything I said was heartfelt from a place we can all relate." He continued, saying that he "had nothing to do with the way it was marketed. My stance and advocation for body positivity has never been a joke. What I represent is 100% authentic." He ended the interview by saying that "I represented male body positivity before the #AerieMAN campaign. I represent male body positivity after the #AerieMAN campaign. Simple as that."
I can't speak on the behalf of American Eagle. But I can speak on my behalf. I want to be clear, my involvement and stance for body positivity is 100% real. There is no joke about that what so ever. Of course the bubble bath, butt selfies and yoga were meant for comical relief of a newly and sensitive topic. I was a model in the campaign and every word I said was real and came from my heart! Body image is something I have and still struggle with to this day. As a man I try to open that dialogue through my blog and social media! People have been listening and the response is amazing!! Trust me when I say that even though the #AerieMAN collection itsself is not real, everything else was! Every word I said was heart felt from a place that so many of us can relate to. I look forward to what the future holds for me........this movement has changed my life in so many ways! I was beyond excited to be seen on GMA this morning. I guess for now I can deal with being called the "the brotha in the tub with a hat on blowing bubbles!" Lastly, does anyone know anyone, management or an agency that would be interested in representing me?!
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