Rajee Aerie was born in India and contracted polio at a young age. Fortunately, She was adopted by a wonderful American family. Growing up she never let anything get in her way and this can do attitude has stuck with her. As a teen she started to notice that there was no one that looked like her in TV shows, movies or in magazines. This made her question why and made her insecure about her self image. Not only was there no one who was Indian but there was no one with a disability.
Over the years she struggled with accepting herself and worked hard at building her confidence. Rather than focusing on what society deems as flaws scars etc. She changed her perception and realized her scars and the way she looked/walked showed she was a fighter and she survived and she is grateful for the gift of life, the ability to walk and be independent. These are far more important than then getting hung up on the superficial. We need to change society's standards, redefine beauty and change the perception to show everyBODY is beautiful!
The lack of disability in media is an issue that is very important for Rajee and something she’s been working hard to change and raise awareness in order to normalize and humanize a demographic that is consistently left out.
Rajee went to college and got her degree in broadcast journalism (She wanted to tell positive stories of the good in the world). After she graduated from college she was faced with many rejections but took a chance and submitted herself to several talent agencies and after several no's she eventually signed with a talent agency and landed a nationwide commercial a couple weeks later. The response was overwhelming because people could finally relate to somebody that they saw on TV. Rajee has continued to appear in print and television commercials as well as represent various companies at trade shows and events. She recently appeared in a bra campaign for the brand Aerie (Yup just like her last name and spelled the same!)