To celebrate our recent launch of Aerie REAL we wanted to take the opportunity to feature a few fantastic women who embody #AerieREAL. Our first Real Talk interview is with Jill M., originally from Altoona, PA, but currently living in Pittsburgh, PA and rocking her position as store manger in the Southside Works Aerie Store. Learn more about Jill and what #AerieREAL means to her, her must-have Aerie item, and what inspires her below!
Jill and two of her Aerie girls at work, Morgan and Catie!
Hi, Jill! Thanks for joining us. What is your favorite thing about being Store Manager?
Being able to work with and influence girls that are in collage, especially with the the start of Aerie REAL. I feel like having confidence in yourself is important at this age and I love being a part of building that.
What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
#AerieREAL is being a strong and confident woman…even though naturally we have scars, freckles, back fat, arm hair, and cellulite. And guess what!? Aerie is saying that’s okay and that they can relate!
What makes you Aerie REAL?
I’m REAL because I have pale skin (I even have to wear sunscreen in the winter) and I have a lot of freckles!
Jill and her family.
What is currently playing on your iTunes?
I’m always stuck on “I and Love and You” by the Avett Brothers, anything Fleetwood Mac, and an awesome up and coming band Ancient Ear.
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Mykonos, Greece – it looks so beautiful and serene!
Jill and her mom, Sue!
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
I would love to be working with American Eagle Outfitters still in the corporate offices or in California! Why California? The warmth!!
Jill, her boyfriend, Edward, and her two adorable pups, Che and Bruce!
Agreed. Pittsburgh right now is not the warmest place on Earth! Speaking of sunshine, what’s your favorite new arrival at Aerie for spring?
I love the new Nina Bra! It has a really great fit and I love how the air is all the way through the cup so it looks nice under a t-shirt.
Any quotes you live by?
“Come in with a smile!” and fake it ’til you make it!”
We love those both! Thank you so much for joining us Jill! Show us how YOU’RE Aerie Real and tag your photos with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com!