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#HeyWorld: Take pride in what makes you unique

FashionTara R. Hunt, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

"Be your own hero." "Let's inspire." "Girls know being a girl means being whatever you want."

These weren't always the messages women heard as girls — and, even if they were, they weren't often emblazoned on our clothing. But the GapKids x ED collection, a collaboration between Gap's kids division and Ellen DeGeneres' new lifestyle brand, is changing the game.

The line hit stores and online Aug. 18. The campaign, imbued with empowering messages, stands to strike a resounding chord with girls having back-to-school anxieties: Be true to yourself, "regardless of naysayers or outdated stereotypes," as Gap says.

The campaign features six girls, Alexey, Relz, Ryann, Bellatreas, Torrae and Asia, pictured and filmed in their element, be it skateboarding, drumming, robotics or entrepreneurialism. If you're not inspired yet: The girls range in age from 7 to 12.

"I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that'll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things," says DeGeneres.

Click here to learn more about GapKids and ED's inspiring collaboration — as well as these girls' amazing accomplishments.