Not many people can say they’ve impacted thousands of girls at over a dozen university campuses nationwide, with a movement showing no signs of slowing…but Elisabeth Tavierne can.
Elisabeth found her passion for fitness through swimming for over 10 years, finally competing at the collegiate level at The Ohio State University. It wasn’t until she “hung up her towel” midway through college when she realized that many women’s sole form of workout was the elliptical or treadmill. Not to mention, they didn’t look like they were having fun.
This desire to “liberate girls from the elliptical” inspired her to create CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls). Through CHAARG, she set out to create opportunities for girls to find their individual passion for fitness, whether it be dance, yoga, or running marathons. She ultimately built a supportive and encouraging community of college girls wanting to lead lead happy, healthy and active lives.
Aerie: Hi, Elisabeth! Thanks for chatting with us! What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Elisabeth: #AerieREAL means truly loving yourself for who you are. In this day and age, so many young women are plagued with confidence issues, whether it has to do with their body, in their work, or among their peers. Although everyone is bound to have insecurities from time to time, it is important that self loves trump all. There is absolutely no one in the whole wide world who is YOU. That in and of itself is pretty awesome. Get to know who you are, and own it.
Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Elisabeth: Following my passion and helping other find theirs.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Elisabeth: As a Chicago native – either still in Chicago or living in another exciting city (I would love to live in Australia for a little — I’m actually a dual citizen!). Most importantly, continuing to do what I love every day. My goal is to expand CHAARG to every university in the United States — if not the world, so in 3 years I hope to have a good start on that.
Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Elisabeth: This is a long one, but I love it.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Elisabeth: Reaching 1,000 members last fall was definitely a huge milestone for us. Also, it’s always an accomplishment hearing from girls that CHAARG has changed her life. I remember one girl specifically said that CHAARG has allowed her to be the best version of herself. It is an incredible feeling.
Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Elisabeth: All of my CHAARG girls are my inspiration. Every night before I go to bed I scroll through the #inCHAARG feed on Instagram and am blown away by their passion, dedication and positivity. These women motivate and support each other not only in gym, but in life. I am so blessed to be surrounded by them.
Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? Do share!
Elisabeth: The Aerie Hi-Rise Printed Legging!
Aerie: What are three things you always have to have with you?
Elisabeth: Phone, Burt’s Bees and gum! 99% of the time I also a coffee in my hand.
Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Elisabeth: Instagram all the way!
Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Elisabeth: Lately I’ve been obsessed with Timeflies (I know, I jumped on the bandwagon pretty late).