Get to Know #AerieREAL Role Model Cleo Wade

Cleo Wade is an Artist, Poet and our newest #AerieREAL Role Model! Cleo is on a mission to tell the world about the power of love, & we’re right there with her. Learn more about Cleo & her mission.

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Stay tuned for more #AerieREAL love from Cleo. And remember to share your #AerieREAL story with us @Aerie!

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Real Talk with Jennifer Van Dusen

Jennifer Van Dusen is an advocate for self-care and inspiring all those around her to be their best, healthiest selves! She told us about her fight with breast cancer and how she hopes to raise awareness for the disease. Read on to see what #AerieREAL and #GirlPower mean to her!

Real Talk with Jennifer Van Dusen

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

You are your best health advocate.  No one knows your body better than you do.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to what it tell you.  Your breast can feel different throughout the month due to hormonal changes so the best thing to do is pick a day each month to examine yourself.  A catch phrase in the community is “Feels on the 1st” which means on the 1st day of a new month is a good time to compare your breasts to how they felt on the 1st of the month before.  Do they hurt, is there discharge, do you feel a lump that wasn’t there a month ago?  And get a Pap done at least every year.  There is hardly anyway to tell if you are having problems with an ovary until it’s too late.  Seeing your doctor for an annual checkup can save your life so don’t put it off because it’s awkward or uncomfortable.  What I would always do is book a girls lunch or get a treat for myself on the way home after my annual exam.

Understanding your personal risk including hereditary factors is another huge part of your physical health as a women.  I’m lucky in that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years before I was.  I learned a lot about the disease but my eyes were opened even more once I was diagnosed.  And after I was I learned it goes much further than possibly your genes.  In my case, my cancer was very receptive to estrogen, so limiting or not drinking alcohol helps as it converts to estrogen when consumed.  I also had my 1st period when I was very young, another risk factor.  I”m not saying make yourself crazy, but ask about your maternal family history and let your doctor know what it is.

Most importantly women need to become educated on their health because it give us power.  So much of life is influenced by outside forces and anytime in which we can take control and help others like us we should.  To me this is the very definition of #GirlPower.

What advice do you have for girls and women who want to lead healthy lifestyles?

The best advice I can give anyone on how to live a healthy lifestyle is start with self-care.  This sounds so simple, but it takes work.  When I first heard about it, at the start of my cancer treatment I thought why do I need to care for me, I have my husband taking care of me, a team of doctors and supportive friends.  But when I learned what it meant and embraced it as part of my treatment I can’t say what a help it was.  Before, I thought it meant; I’m tired from treatment so I’ll take a nap.  But what it really needs to be is a conscious decision to put yourself above all else for little bit every day.  While I was in daily cancer treatment this became a lifesaver, some day it was as simple as putting on a song that lifted my spirits, sitting by the window and enjoying a cup of tea, taking 30 minutes to meditate, getting an ice-cream cone on the way home from the hospital or buying myself a new pair of legging from my favorite store – AERIE.  Self care for me now that my energy is improving is walking my dogs, working up a sweat at the gym, trying out a new recipe for dinner.

Whatever your self-care (or treat as I prefer to call it) is, the most important thing is to do it mindfully; meaning you are doing it for you, you don’t have to justify it you just have to be 100% present in that moment.

Once you are strong enough to care for yourself what you can give back to others is only multiplied.  This is the airplane mask rule, put your mask on 1st and then help the person next to you.

Real Talk with Jennifer Van DusenWho inspires you to be your best self? 

This is a big question.  I could probably write a book on this answer alone!  I am also going to point out that my eyes are very wet while writing this, because my feelings for these people are so deep.

I have to say 1st off my husband, Jamie Van Dusen.  He truly is love, because love is a verb and not a noun.  His strength and unwavering commitment to me got me through the worst, the loss of my mother to breast cancer, my diagnosis, my double mastectomy and so much more.  He was my strength when I didn’t have any therefore he deserves the best from me in return.

The next person is a beautiful angel, Jasmin Fiore.  I didn’t have the pleasure of spending lots of time with her but she is an inspiration to me and many women in my cancer community.  She was so young when diagnosed with MBC (metastatic breast cancer aka Stage4) and had 2 little girls, but she went on to start an amazing retreat for other young women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Only about 3% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 40.  Without the retreat she started, Stretch Heal Grow, I never would have met other women like me.  I felt so alone and Jasmin created a community, friendships and a space of healing for us.  While she had a horrible battle of her own she gave back in the most beautiful way possible.  I am forever in her debt and aspire to give back as much as I can because of her (learn more here: https://stretchhealgrow.org/about/)

And I guess at the end of the day I also have to say I inspire me, because when it comes right down to it my thoughts are last thing I hear at night and first thing I hear in the morning.  I have to be able to look myself in the mirror and say I am living my best life or trying my hardest to be a good person.  Every day I am alive is a blessing and it’s not something that is guaranteed so God willing I will make the most of it.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I hope that every women out there has a little #AerieREAL in them!  To me it means I am strong but also insecure, that I am perfect and also flawed.  Most importantly it means that I own who I am and I am grateful.

Want to see how Aerie supports breast cancer awareness? Read more here!

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Yo! Check out the AMERICAN EAGLE X MTV collection!

MTV Animation

This is the true story… 

Ah, the glory days of music television. For some of us, the ‘90s are “vintage.” For others, the ‘90s are, well, our childhood (hey! no judging!) – a truly magical time filled with fashion must-haves like scrunchies, flare jeans, overalls, stretchy chokers, etc. Whichever category you fall under, this is your chance to relive one very unique (and also very colorful) decade in our exclusive collection of iconic, nostalgia-inducing MTV tees.

AE X MTV BODYSUIT

The ‘90s were all about classic, simple outfits. A graphic tee, your favorite jeans, your go-to sneakers and, KAZAAM! — you’re ready for the *NSYNC concert. Consider this your official permission to bring those good old days back. Tie your hair up in a scrunchie, throw on a fanny pack(!!!), dust off your Walkman, and rock out to some Nirvana…  we’re all doing it.

AE X MTV JAY-Z AND BIGGIE GRAPHIC TEE

 

 

 

Stylist’s Picks: Layer on the love!

This. Sweater. Is. Everything. So is this scarf. So is this hat.

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This Tunic Sweater is made of super soft yarns for a forever fave feel. It has a scoop neck, ribbed cuffs and hem, and a roomy tunic silhouette for an easy cozy fit all fall long. Wear it with this matching Blanket Scarf and Knit Beanie for THE coziest fall look.

Stylist’s Picks: Layer on the love!Layer a soft pink set under your sweater with this Real Me Full Coverage Unlined Bra and Cheeky undie in Real Soft Stretch® Cotton with pretty pointelle details and Wonder Lace trim. If you MUST wear pants, we love this sweater with the hottest trend of the season: bike shorts!

Stylist’s Picks: Layer on the love!

The cherry on top is this accessory—check out the cute cherry print on these Shortie Ankle Socks! Wear them with these Gola Specialist Sneakers in easy fall shades and GO.

Stylist’s Picks: Layer on the love!

Want to see more of Erin’s faves? See them here!

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Bracelet DIY in stores

Share the love this October. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, show someone undergoing treatment that you’re thinking of them. Make an empowering bracelet in select Aerie stores & we’ll send it along! See if your store is on the list below.

Bracelet DIY in stores

Create your own words of encouragement or get inspired by some of our faves.

  • Strong
  • Warrior
  • Fearless
  • Brave
  • U got this
  • GRL PWR
  • Courage
  • Fighter
  • Real love
  • Hope
  • Hi beautiful
  • Fierce

Bracelet DIY in stores

Create a bracelet in a store near you:

Stores

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YOU ARE OUR INSPIRATION.

We don’t care how you wear our jeans—as long as you make them yours! And, we can all agree that when you’ve got no idea what to wear, scrolling the gram for outfits is a pretty great source of inspiration. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

@gianna_puopolo

Would we like to copy this whole outfit? Yes. Would we like the name of her personal photographer? Also, yes.

@gianna_puopolo

 

@honui_

**immediately buys fishnets.**

@honui_

 

@itsashleyd_

Who is she? Besides, the most confident girl to ever wear a Canadian Tux.

@itsashleyd_

 

@jacklyn.lune

This whole vibe makes us want to throw on some Aaliyah and Boyz II Men. Word.

@jacklyn.lune

 

@kay.babiemua

She is proof that a classic tee and your favorite jeans are never ever ever a bad idea.

@kay.babiemua

 

 

@portiababee

Anyone else think @portiababee should also post a makeup tutorial?

@portiababee

 

@viadylan

Truthfully, a potato sack would look good on this backdrop but good on him for matching the shirt to the scenery.

@viadylan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your style all about? Show us! Tag #AEJeans @americaneagle for a chance at Instagram fame!