Get To Know #AerieREAL Role Model Aly Raisman

“We’ve all been through something that in the end, will make you a stronger person.”

Aly Raisman is #AerieREAL!

Aly is a gold medal gymnast and fierce survivor. She has competed in and won world-class gymnastics competitions, but it’s her bravery and strength in sharing her own story and advocating for her fellow athletes that makes Aly a true role model for every single girl.

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As a gold medal winner, Aly knows how it feels to win, but this #AerieREAL Role Model believes that your true character shows through when you’re forced to deal with the losses in your life.

“It’s really empowering to be in your bra and underwear and it’s just the real you. It’s no retouching.” Aly is all about pieces that make her feel comfortable and confident. Shop her faves and see more from all of our #AerieREAL Role Models here.

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Aly’s words to live by? “Fierce. Kind. Humble. Love.”

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Join the #AerieREAL movement! Share what makes YOU an #AerieREAL Role Model with us.

Get To Know #AerieREAL Role Model Iskra

“You are unique, you are different, and that’s your strength. That’s your superpower.”

Iskra is #AerieREAL!

As our original #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra leads this new generation of game-changing women. A model and body positivity activist, Iskra advocates for self-love and self-care through her work as an ambassador with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Iskra believes the key to success is confidence. And with how much this amazing #AerieREAL Role Model has achieved in just 27 short years, we believe it too!

Just like Iskra empowers #AerieREAL girls everywhere to feel good inside and out, she knows that’s what we try to do with every single piece in our collection. “Aerie designs for a girl to feel confident and comfortable. The whole outlook of the brand has changed to making the girl feel good about herself.” Shop Iskra’s faves and see more from all of our #AerieREAL Role Models here.

Iskra’s words to live by? “YOU R ENOUGH.”

Join the #AerieREAL movement! Share what makes YOU an #AerieREAL Role Model with us.

Introducing #AerieREAL Role Models

No retouching. Body positivity. Girl power. Introducing #AerieREAL Role Models!

Joining our original Role Model and Body Positivity Activist Iskra is Singer-Songwriter Rachel Platten, Actress Yara Shahidi and Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman. Each of these amazing women inspires us, just like each of YOU inspires us and empowers those around you every single day.

See more from our #AerieREAL Role Models here (and watch them below!), shop their faves and stay tuned for Real Talks and so much more inspiration from these amazing women.

This is women supporting women. This is empowerment. This is #AerieREAL!

Rachel, Yara, Aly and Iskra are #AerieREAL, and so are YOU! Join the movement and share what makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model.

Aerie x Darling Retreat

We partnered with Darling Magazine to bring a strong group of #AerieREAL women together for a weekend full of self-discovery and inspiration. For 3 days, 21 women from all over the world shared their stories and bonded through group workshops, family-style dinners and adventures to the beach. We talked, we laughed, we cried… and the love was REAL!

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Aerie x Darling Retreat

We started each day with a little flow and a lot of fuel. At morning yoga, we set an intention for our practice: clearing our heads, finding balance, dedicating the time to someone or something. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you find a little peace of mind, and yoga was a great way to kick off days full of conversation and self-reflection.

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“The power of women brought together to simply love and be… two words: pure magic. Find your girls and love them hard.” – Alexis Jones, founder of two powerful movements: I Am That Girl and Protect Her.

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Fall was right on time for this cozy weekend. We snuggled up for daytime workshops focused on identity, positive self-talk, intuition and belief systems.

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“If you’re currently struggling with something, look back and try to find where that fear originated from. If you can recognize it, you can OWN it, and you can rise above it.” – Cassey Ho, aka @blogilates, creator of POP Pilates and PIIT28.

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So much love for these Darling and #AerieREAL ladies!

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“So much can change in a year friends. In a CONVERSATION. In a moment. We are all changing and learning and becoming. And the journey is long, and hard… and painful. But above all, it is BEAUTIFUL. It is redeeming. And it (and YOU!) are WORTH IT.” – Blogger Alex Michael May

Aerie x Darling Retreat

Aerie x Darling Retreat

We are filled with gratitude for this amazing group of women, and hope for what we have the power to accomplish together. Want to recreate your own retreat? Get your friends together and get talking. Together we can all make the world a better and brighter place.

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Real Talk With Bright Pink CEO Katie Thiede

It’s our eighth year partnering with Bright Pink®, and our first year meeting their new CEO, Katie Thiede. We got to know Katie and what Bright Pink means to her— read on for our interview and find out how YOU can get involved with Bright Pink.

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Katie Thiede, the new CEO of Bright Pink. Photo by Jasmin Shah.

How did you first get involved with Bright Pink?

I was first introduced to Bright Pink a few years ago by connecting with Bright Pink founder, Lindsay Avner, over our shared passion for women’s health and I’ve been in love with the organization ever since! I cheered on the organization from the outside for years and couldn’t be more thrilled to now be on the inside leading us into our next chapter.

Why does Bright Pink’s message resonate with you?

I’ve spent more than a decade working in women’s health for organizations that exist so that women can live their best lives because I believe, and research has shown, that when women are healthy and strong, families are stronger, communities are stronger, and ultimately the world is a better place. That said, despite having worked for years in the field of women’s health, it wasn’t until I met Bright Pink that I became armed with the tools and resources I needed to shift my own awareness into action. I can now stand here and tell you that I no longer feel afraid of what might happen and I feel more in control over my breast and ovarian health and my own future than ever before.

Why is it important for girls and women to become educated on breast and ovarian health?

Research suggests that early adulthood is a critical time to adapt healthy lifestyle behaviors that will last a lifetime and we know that a woman’s risk for breast and ovarian cancers accumulates over her lifetime – so reaching young women at this pivotal point in their late teens, 20’s, 30’s and 40’s is the perfect time to educate them on their breast and ovarian health and to guide them in developing healthy habits that will enable them to advocate for their health.

Real Talk With Bright Pink CEO Katie Thiede

How does Bright Pink encourage others to take charge of their health?

In my mind, there has never been a better time for women to be their own best health advocates. The health care landscape is shifting almost on a daily basis, and people have so many questions. We can be an amazing translator for women, and amidst all of these changes, prevention has to be a top priority for us. Our approach specifically is to empower women to know their personal risk of breast & ovarian cancer and manage their risk proactively by practicing self-awareness, risk-reduction, early detection, and partnering with a trusted health care provider. Bright Pink’s digital tools, such as AssessYourRisk.org and Breast Health Reminders™ were created to make advocating for your health as easy as possible. And we’re so grateful Aerie is committed to getting these tools in to the hands of women too! Text AERIE to 59227, and Bright Pink will text you reminders to give your breast health the attention it deserves all year-round!

 

How can girls get involved with Bright Pink?

Bright Pink is always looking for passionate young women to get involved as volunteers or ambassadors and to help support our mission! We have 150+ ambassadors in 38 states and hope to grow that network over time so we can reach women all across the country with this life-saving education. Another great way to get involved, practice a healthy lifestyle, and fuel our mission is through Team Bright Pink, a community of 3,000 men and women who commit to run, lift or play while raising funds for Bright Pink. There are opportunities for everyone, from novice to elite athletes. We’re recruiting for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and more, so considering championing our mission by joining our team! And of course, chat and connect with us on Facebook: @BrightPink Instagram/Twitter: @BeBrightPink.

Real Talk With Bright Pink CEO Katie Thiede

Katie at our Soho Pop-Up Shop for Take Care of Your Girls Day.

To learn more about our partnership with Bright Pink check out our #AerieSupports page or read more here.

 

 

 

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Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Give two #AerieREAL girls a blank wall and a few days, and they’ll make a masterpiece! When we realized our SoHo Pop-Up was in need of a little something extra, two of our graphic designers made it happen. Most days, Nicolette and Brittany work on the beautiful Aerie designs you see in print, but this time we asked them to PAINT! They worked for two days (and nights!) straight to create an amazing, free-hand mural inspired by our Fall 2017 photoshoot.

Read on and find out how they turned their idea into a full-sized mural that shows #AerieREAL in all its beauty. Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

What was the inspiration behind the mural you designed?

B: The inspiration for our mural was the beautiful landscapes in Kenab, where our Fall photoshoot took place. We took inspiration from the lines, curves, tones and overall diversity of the earth’s landscape that so beautifully, and, in a way, artistically depict some of the different characteristics that make each one of us unique!

You hand painted it from start to finish! Tell us about the process.

N: Brittany and I gathered different photographs from the shoot, all including various landscapes, colors and shapes. We studied these and used them as our inspiration while we hand-drew an outline of what we were envisioning for the mural. We then scanned these onto the computer and began adding in colors inspired by the color palette of the Aerie Fall products along with colors found in nature. We matched these colors to real paint colors and once we drew the outlines on the canvas, used them to fill in all of the white space and began to see the mural come to life!

B: I have to say, this was definitely a first for me! My entire life, I had been artistically inclined and painted and drew as a hobby, however I had never painted anything larger than 18” x 24”, let alone a mural!

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How is #AerieREAL reflected in your designs?

B: We incorporated the characteristics that we found in our shoot that we felt closely resembled some of the different characteristics our bodies have: different curves, different shapes, lines, stretch marks, wrinkles, freckles, tones. We truly believe that these are things that should be embraced; if they are beautiful in art and nature, then they are beautiful on our bodies.

What advice do you have for aspiring graphic designers?

N: Don’t ever hold back your creativity. Always be on the lookout for inspiration. When I visit new places and cities, I soak it all in and let it inspire my work. Design trends are never-ending, so I always make sure to do research any chance I get. It’s amazing how much you can grow as a designer with time and practice.

B: Graphic Design is a rewarding career. You can do what you love, while also communicating a positive message (such as #AerieREAL!). That being said, it can be very competitive and the best advice I could give is to stay #AerieREAL and not compare yourself to fellow graphic designers, in the same way you should never compare your body to someone’s else’s body. There will always be amazing designers. There will always be great ideas you wish you thought of. But that gives you the opportunity to admire, rather than compare. I would also advise I would give is: practice, practice, practice. The more projects that you do, the more you will develop your skills. xoxo.

Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Visit Nikki and Brittany’s mural IRL at 72 Spring Street now! Want to learn more about our pop-up? Read more here.

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