Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of a truly incredible woman who overcame some seriously extreme obstacles to make her dreams come true.

Krystal Cantu is an award-winning weightlifter, a sister, a fighter, a daughter, and a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At 25, she can lift 200lbs – with only one arm!

On August 2, 2013, Krystal and her boyfriend Daniel were in a car accident where her right arm was severely crushed and had to be amputated immediately. Her first concern? Never being able to compete again. Despite the odds and with outstanding amounts of courage, Krystal was back in the gym 3 weeks later. Shortly after, by serious will and faith, Krystal begun beating all of her old records and lifting more than she ever could. She says the accident is ‘the best thing that could have happened’. Read on below to learn a bit more about Krystal and what makes her Aerie REAL.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: Hi, Krystal – thank you so much for chatting with us. What does #AerieREAL mean to you? 

Krystal: Aerie Real, to me, is something that stands for so much within an individual. It is something within someone who has looked past the media and what they portray as an ideal individual. It’s accepting who you are and being happy with what you have been given. It’s knowing that perfection is not being thin or tall, it’s being you that makes you perfect.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Krystal: I’d be lying if I said that I never wanted to be like the girls in the magazines. As you get older and you start to realize that looks aren’t everything, you change. I’m very happy with my body and who I am as an individual, athlete, daughter, sister and girlfriend. I don’t have the six pack or flat belly, but that’s okay.

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Krystal: In three years I hope to have been in a lot more competitions with podium standings, as well as pursuing a full time crossfit coaching position. I hope to have seminars going as well around the states. Heading out to different boxes, answering questions, meeting new faces and showing everyone how strong they truly are.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Krystal: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Krystal: My biggest accomplishment thus far has definitely been the progress I’ve had in Crossfit in under a year. There’s no particular event or movement that I’m proud of because I am really proud of it all. I continue to surprise myself with the strength I have mentally and physically. It’s been under a year and I can only imagine what can come in the next few years.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?

Krystal: I don’t have one set role model, I have various ones. I look up to my mother who is the rock of my family. She has the biggest heart and puts her family before herself all the time. She loves unconditionally and never fails to be by my side when she knows I need her the most. I look up to Daniel, my boyfriend, because he is the true representation of how everyone should love. He cares and supports me in whatever I do. He may get upset with me from time to time, but he never holds grudges or ignores me. He’s a good hearted person who I love very much. I look up to my coaches and how they genuinely care for each of their athletes. They competed in the 2014 crossfit games (Ballistic Crossfit) and they never trickled away from us nor did they focus on themselves. It’s always their athletes first, and then them. The heart and dedication they show day in and day out is very inspirational ad motivating.

Aerie: What are three things you always have to have with you?
Krystal: My iPhone, Ray Ban Sunglasses, and iPad.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What are three things you always have to have with you? Krystal: My iPhone, Ray Ban Sunglasses, and iPad. 

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?
Krystal: There is nothing I look more forward to than a good WOD (Workout of the Day).  I am anxious throughout the day just waiting to head outside and sweat.

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Krystal: Never really got into the whole twitter thing. I have an account, but never use it. I do love me some instagram and facebook though!

Krystal, thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

Follow Krystal now on Twitter or Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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What To Wear: Homecoming 2014

Start with a few bonfires in the backyard, mix in a day of apple-picking, and add a heaping amount of pumpkin-flavored everything. What do you get? Our favorite season, fall! With these traditions come two others that give us a chance to dress-up and bundle-up: Homecoming dance, and of course, the Homecoming football game!

Whether you are hitting the dance floor with your friends or you snatched a cutie from chemistry, you’ll love the way our stylist mixed and matched our favorite AEO and Aerie pieces. Start with the Maddie Multi-Way Bra and an Aerie Thong. You’ll want to pick a shade that is closest to your own skin tone. No undie lines here!

Then, she paired these must-have basics with an AEO Crocheted Lace Shift Dress and an over-sized knit blanket scarf (coming soon!)

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Homecoming games are known to be pretty chilly and you won’t want to be shivering while cheering for your team! We suggest rocking a layered look that is cozy and comfy. Start with your favorite bralette and leggings. Then, add a boyfriend t-shirt and a legging crew neck sweatshirt (the perfect pair for leggings!) Top with a sporty cap (available in store) and an over-sized blanket scarf to keep you warm. Touchdown!
SET11_9_30_14_AERIE_SM_HOMECOMING21257Have fun! Tag your pictures with #AerieREAL for a chance to be regrammed or retweeted!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

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#AerieSupports Bright Pink

For our fifth consecutive year, Aerie is proud to be partnering with Bright Pink, the only national non profit organization focused on educating young women about the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer starting at a young age. We kicked off our partnership by giving life-saving information and a healthy Pink Lady apple to our corporate and distribution center associates; hosting Brighten Up workshops on all of our campuses; and hosting a 5K on the South Side Campus. Read on below to find out how you can join us in supporting Bright Pink! 

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Time to run for our girls!

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Jen Foyle, Aerie’s Executive Vice President welcomes and thanks everyone for attending and their support!

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Sprinting to the finish line!

Breasts, boobs, ta-tas…whatever you call them. It’s time to check them. Share the video below with your friends and family!

Now it’s your turn. Support your girls with our new limited-edition Charley Bra! 100% of the sales of this bra go to Bright Pink. In US stores & online!

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100% of the sales of our limited-edition Charley Bra go to Bright Pink! Shop now.

For more information, visit, Aerie.com/BrightPink!


Xoxo,

Aerie

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Trend Tuesday: Style Gurus Take On The Jogger

With cooler weather comes changing leaves, pumpkin flavored sweets, and comfy #OOTDs! If curling up in your favorite sweatpants, a good book, and a hot cup of tea was a sport, we would be the Serena Williams of cozy. We turned to the Style Gurus of College Fashionista to show us how to rock our must-have joggers 24/7. From NYC to CA, take a quick tour of our favorite looks below.

Trend Tuesday: Style Gurus Take On The Jogger

Gabrielle8 Style Guru Gabby Piloto works the Skinny Jogger with another closet staple…a denim vest.

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Get Aisha’s chic look with the Classic Jogger.

Trend Tuesday: Style Gurus Take On The Jogger

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Joggers and heels? Style Guru Lizzy Grap makes it work!

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Class all day? We love Melissa Martinez’s comfy look.

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Feeling blue? Loving how Sarah Yung styled our Classic Jogger.

Trend Tuesday: Style Gurus Take On The Jogger

Street chic with Style Guru Clarissa Marchia.

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Style Guru Anna LaPlaca is ready for an afternoon on the go!

Trend Tuesday: Style Gurus Take On The JoggerShow us how your styling the jogger on Twitter and Instagram with #AerieREAL.

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Radiant Orchid: Pantone Color Of The Year 2014

Radiant Orchid: Pantone Color Of The Year 2014

While our fall assortment features a number of colors, the hue that’s really making it’s debut are the lilacs, lavenders, pinks, and fuchsias! This year’s Pantone Color Of The Year: Radiant Orchid sparked the imagination of our design team and worked as the “color” muse for the fall season. Shop our favorite Radiant Orchid inspired pieces below!
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xoxo,

Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Kelsey Miller

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we wanted to highlight an incredible story from Aerie girl, Kelsey Miller. As the Senior Features Writer at Refinery 29, we loved reading her funny and very candid musings each day. Her honest approach, especially when it comes to body image is refreshing. Read more below about this fantastic Brooklyn-ite below!

Follow Her Friday: Kelsey Miller #AerieREAL

Aerie: Hi, Kelsey! We are so excited to chat with you. Tell us a little bit about yourself! How did you get started in writing? 
Kelsey: I’m an out & proud late-bloomer. I began my writing career a few years ago, fiddling with personal essays and some humor pieces. When I got my position at Refinery29, I found that my most personal work is what hit home for readers and I decided to take the plunge with one very personal issue: food. I’ve struggled with disordered eating, body image, and yo-yo dieting for my entire life, and of course, I’m not alone there. But I finally quit dieting in the fall or 2013 and began chronicling my journey with Intuitive Eating and sustainable fitness in a column called The Anti-Diet Project.
Now, I’m working on a memoir called BIG GIRL: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life, exploring my journey into the morass of disordered eating and, at last, out of it. It’s a story of struggles many of us have faced, and the rocky path toward freedom from food obsession and self-loathing. But, it’s funny! I hope!

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Kelsey: It means knowing that you’re pretty great, right now, this minute. You’re you, and trying to be or look like someone else is what gets us into trouble. We all need growth but no one needs “fixing.” So, just be the most YOU, the most honest and forthright, even if you right now feel uncomfortable, ridiculous or fallible. Because, that’s everyone — that’s just the deal with being alive.

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Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Kelsey: I know that I’m not finished as a person, and I give up on the concept of “finished.” I struggle with self-esteem some days, and other days I feel like a rockstar. But, no matter what, this is who I am, and I refuse to sit out on life because of that. Why should I? With all my flaws, both physical and personal, I’ve still managed to do pretty well. I have friends, love in my life, and a career I’m sincerely thrilled about. I also have lousy days, bad habits, and a laundry pile the size of a grown man. Nothing is ever going to be perfect or even close to perfect. Screw perfect.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Kelsey: This question is killing me. Every time I go searching for THE inspiration quote I need, I end up losing two hours on Pinterest. Well, I don’t know if this is my favorite, but it’s one I never forget from Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Kelsey: I want to say something very zen and mature here, but really I’m just so pleased and proud of my book. Every time I sit at my laptop and fuss over a tough paragraph, I have to remind myself that getting a book deal is a pretty incredible accomplishment and I should take the time remember that. Plus, the whole reason I’m writing a book is because I made a radical decision to change my life and embrace myself. So, high five, me. And, then I get back to work.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Kelsey: Every time I feel overwhelmed or ridiculous I think about Tina Fey. She’s made a career based on refusing to see herself through anyone else’s lens and I think we can all agree it’s working out pretty well for her. She’s always unapologetically herself, and she’s a seemingly tireless creator. Her brilliant work aside, I admire her creative energy, her bs-free attitude, and the fact that she manages to somehow have a life on top of everything — but never puts forth an image of perfection. She seems to have it all while acknowledging the myth of “having it all.” She’s open about struggling and the importance of missteps. She’s a wonder, to be sure. But, she’s the real deal, too.

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Kelsey and her handsome boyfriend, Harry Tanielyan!

Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? 
Kelsey: Aerie bikini undies have been my favorite since college, so it’s hard for me to say I love anything more. But, I think the Aerie Real T-Shirt is pretty tough to beat. I might love it a little bit more. I STILL LOVE YOU TOO, UNDIES!

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Kelsey: All, but it’s mainly Instagram and Twitter these days. I feel like I’m able to be funny and smart-mouth’d on those platforms, whereas on Facebook I feel like I need to watch my mouth lest my grandfather happen to log in that day. Plus, Facebook keeps giving me ads about how to lose a hundred pounds and I’m like, hey, Facebook, I got this.

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Kelsey: Right now? “Carrying The Banner” from Newsies (the movie, not the show). I refuse to be embarrassed by my enduring love of musicals. If you were a theater kid like me, then nothing gets your heart pumping more than a cast recording. Whatever gets you through the workout, people.

Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell! 
Kelsey: I can do the entire rap from TLC’s “Waterfalls.” And, I absolutely will do it if you give me 2.5 glasses of wine.

Follow Her Friday: Kelsey Miller #AerieREAL

Thank you, Kelsey! Follow her on Instagram here and on Twitter here!

xoxo,

Aerie

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