Real Talk With Shivani

It’s all about positive vibes with Shivani. Read on & learn more about one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!
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What makes you #AerieREAL?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace my flaws and love myself for what makes me different. For example, I have scoliosis, which is a spinal condition that a lot of girls have that basically just means that my spine isn’t straight. I used to really hate it, but I’ve learned to really love it because it makes me different.

Lover or fighter?

I think you have to be a little bit of both in order to succeed in this life.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Romantic comedies.

What are you currently listening to?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Childish Gambino lately.

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Favorite thing about spring?

My favorite thing about spring is in the morning, when you wake up and the air is really, really fresh.

What makes you really laugh?

Shows like The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, John Stewart. I really like political satire and I think it’s very important to laugh at yourself.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would really love to go to Thailand, Indonesia, that sort of area that’s beautiful but also very spiritual.

SP1Images_29How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

Initially the idea of no retouching was very foreign to me and made me feel very insecure. But my second thought was: finally! Finally somebody is saying that we shouldn’t be changing women’s bodies with Photoshop. We should just be taking the image and putting it up because that’s real and that’s what it is.

What body positive message do you want to share with other girls?

Not just a body positivity message but an overall life positivity message: everyone’s journey is different, and instead of competing with and comparing yourself to people, it’s better to figure out how we can all make each other better.

What’s one thing the world needs more of?

The world needs more compassion, in the sense that we all need to realize that we’re all the same. Literally, biologically, we all came from the same place, so

 

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Real Talk With Jessica

Get to know the REAL Jess, a sweet-toothed freckle face & one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

My sense of humor. My dad would always tell me that if I did nothing but make someone laugh, then it was a good day because I was spreading happiness.

Lover or fighter?

I fight for what I love, and then I’m pretty mellow with everything else.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Probably candy. I’m one of those people who will go to the store and come home with three bags full of candy and not-very-good-for-me food and then eat it all!

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What are you currently listening to?

Everything from Aerosmith to Skrillex. I really like old school rock.

 Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Breakfast in bed. There’s something that’s so special about doing something in bed that the bed was not meant for!

What do you read?

I am mostly one of those romance novel type people, but I started reading this book called The Art of Asking. It’s really about how this woman came to being able to ask people for things when she was so scared to ask for things and be comfortable. Life is about asking and giving.

What makes you really laugh?

Louis C.K. He is absolutely hilarious, and I love his very straightforward sense of humor. And also he grew up in Boston, so it’s Massachusetts represent!

Favorite thing about spring?

The rebirth that all of the plants go through. And then the chirping of the birds, and all the baby animals. I just love that feeling of going outside and smelling fresh air after the winter.

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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

I was actually really excited. I, of course, was nervous about being judged, but being someone who has struggled a lot with body image, I think the whole campaign is very empowering.

What body positive message do you want to share with other girls?

Your flaws are what make you unique. There’s only one of you in the world, so why try to change yourself to conform to something else?

 What’s one thing the world needs more of?

Acceptance. I think right now, a lot of people need that and can relate to that.

 

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Real Talk With Jess (Jam)

You can call her Jess and you can call her Jam, and you can always call her #AerieREAL. Read on & get to know one of our newest REAL girls.

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

What I think makes me #AerieREAL is my confidence in myself, and being myself, and always putting my best self forward. One of my favorite quotes is by Joseph Campbell: “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” I feel like so many people are afraid to show people what’s underneath. How can you get to know anyone without showing them yourself? Be yourself! Be real! Be you!

Lover or fighter?

I love everyone, but I’ll fight you! I like a little fight, a little wrestle. Tickle fight? Good.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My cat! I love her so much. Nilly! The queen feline. She’s so regal. She is my guilty pleasure. She’s on my credit card, she’s the background on my phone. When I close my eyes she’s in my eyelids: meow.

What are you currently listening to?

Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stones. Steely Dan. “Coffee table jazz” on Spotify, get down with that!

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Dinner in bed! I don’t like breakfast foods, and I love dinner in bed, actually.

What do you read?

I really like inspirational books. Many Lives, Many Masters, that’s an interesting one. I read it in a day. Walked around reading. Read it in the car, not a good idea. But I couldn’t stop. It was so good.

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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

The thought of me not being retouched is actually exciting. I want everyone to see me for who I am, my crazy self. Whether I’m skin and bones, or a couple little hairs here and there, little rolls, whatever! Take it as it is. I like it.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Right now I want to go to Thailand. I want to check out the temples, see the culture, see the people, but then I also want to go to the beautiful islands and explore that crystal blue water and go on those crazy looking boats.

 Who would you go with?

Probably my boyfriend, or just myself. But boyfriend. We’re fun together.

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Favorite thing about spring?

The flowers. The birds. Everyone comes to life.

What body positive message do you want to share with other girls?

The number one thing to do is to not compare yourself to other humans. We are all different. There’s nothing about us that is the same. I haven’t found one person that looks like me, or has my same belly button, or my pinky toenails. It’s you. Embrace it. Love it. Live it. If you like yourself and if you love yourself, then others will love you too.

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What’s one thing the world needs more of?

I feel like everyone’s gonna say love. Everyone in the world needs love. But why not a smile? You can walk outside and make someone’s day by smiling at them. Bring out all the smiles.

 

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SWIM BREAK MUST-HAVES!

NEW. SWIM. IS. IN! And that means Swim Break 2016 will be here before you know it. Whether you’re still planning or already packing, make sure to leave plenty of room for #AerieSWIM. Get started with our must-have swim trends this season!

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What’s In Your Gym Bag?

What's In Your Gym Bag? Gym Bag Essentials

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Whether you are hitting the gym in the AM or after work, it’s always best to have your gym bag set,  packed, and ready to go! Editing down your must-haves for a work-out is essential to pack light and get out the door quickly before you change your mind. From a fitted Sports Bra to the Gym Bag itself, shop our stylist’s faves above to help make you workout ready for the new year.

What are your gym essentials? Share and comment below!

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Real Talk With Fo Porter

This Pilates powerhouse was made for our new Aerie Studio faves. Read on and find out what makes this freckle-faced beauty #AerieREAL!

Real Talk With Fo Porter What music are you currently listening to?

Forever Jeff Buckley and Gwen Stefani.

Lover or fighter?

Passionate, so both.

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Dinner out!

What are you reading?

I read graphic novels. I’m a huge comic book nerd.

What makes you really laugh?

My fiancé, when he’s not stuck in his head and being a hard ass all the time. I like when he’s goofy.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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What’s your guilty pleasure?

Celebrity tabloids, but the real stuff, not the weird stuff you see in The Enquirer. The “real” stuff!

What does the world need more of?

Love and equality.

How does it feel to know that you won’t be retouched?

It’s empowering because it’s real. It’s something that people take for granted when they look in a magazine.

Do you think retouched images have an impact on young women?

I think a lot of kids don’t even know what retouching is. It’s sad because they don’t get it, and they get older and think it’s ok. Just being comfortable in your own skin is a really big thing that should be happening.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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Yea, I knew this girl who had a crooked tooth, and that “made” her.

Yea! Me having my freckles, people would always say “Did you not like your freckles when you were younger?” They would always try to put it down.

Because that’s how they deal with things.

Yea! But no, I’ve never been insecure with my freckles. Ever. I’ve always embraced them.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

I feel like as I get older, I’ve grown into a more womanly body and that makes me #AerieREAL. “I’m a woman, hear me roar!” kind of a thing. I like my curves and I like being able to look at myself in the mirror and not feel like “Ugh, I wish I could do this and this.” We all have our insecurities, but I’m definitely comfortable in my skin.

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