You really seem to like arguing, jbaumann. All women are real, just as I said above. That’s true regardless of shape or size, skin color, age, sexual orientation, or even what sex they were assigned at birth. Even photoshopping an image of a woman does not make the woman herself unreal, of course. It only makes the image slightly less real in that it does not reflect a moment in time but rather a technologically-mediated modification of that moment. Moreover, this is a bit of a straw person argument you’ve gotten yourself into here (and in which I have for some reason taken the bait). I was only trying to explain to the OP what I thought Buzzfeed meant by the caption of the last picture — not what I thought. My own thoughts are just as I’ve said here, in this [final] comment.
Of course the women aren’t fake. Hence my use of quotation marks. All women are real.
I think they’re saying, “while we agree with your inevitable criticism that aerie is still using models who don’t look like ‘real’ women, and the company isn’t exactly challenging mainstream ideals of thinness, it’s still better than photoshopping.”