Real Talk with Mercy Nyangau

Aerie store associate Mercy was an #AerieREAL girl from day one. That’s why her managers at Aerie knew she had to join the team! Two years later, Mercy is one of the newest members of our fall bra campaign.

Read on to learn how Mercy went from storefront to photo studio in our latest bra photoshoot.

MercyNyanguaWhat made you want to join the Aerie family?

I applied to American Eagle the first month of college while I was looking for a job super last minute and AE just happened to be hiring! I honestly knew nothing about Aerie and very little about American Eagle but I still applied in hopes that I would get hired haha. Well I got hired into American Eagle and was selling jeans for like a month before one of the managers in Aerie was like “I want her. She needs to be an Aerie girl” and every shift I worked, they put me in Aerie for like two hours until eventually I was reporting straight to Aerie. Aerie family is a great way to describe the environment. The women I have worked with are all so supportive and loving and they genuinely care about you as a person not just as a co worker or employee. Two years later I have the best Aerie family. Some days I question if my job is real because I’m basically working with all my girlfriends! If someone told me about the #aerieREAL message, the work environment and that I would be surrounded by strong confident women, I would have applied to Aerie directly and I would have done it sooner.

What can Aerie girls expect when they visit an Aerie store for a bra fitting?

The biggest thing Aerie girls can expect when they come in for a bra fitting is support from the team. A lot of the time that I’m fitting someone for that perfect bra, I like to get input from other bra experts on what to recommend and how to problem solve. To the Aerie girl, it’s a one on one experience with a well trained bra expert but behind the scenes there’s like three other girls recommending styles they like and fit alternatives. Although we are all well qualified to individually fit our girls, we all try to ensure the girls leave confident and comfortable! A lot of the time we’re recommending styles, it’s not always for sale purposes but to make sure our girls are leaving happy and comfortable. My favorite days are when I get to put a customer in a completely different size than what they have known because I know it made their day.

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What is your favorite bra from the new collections? Why?  

Do I have to choose? Real Me lightly lined will forever have a place in my heart. I own 4 now and two are the same exact shade! I call it the bra for people who don’t wear bras but sometimes have to. It’s so comfortable and light that I can wear it all day without ripping it off as soon as I get home. Another unique feature that Real Me has and I love is the nude shades that match a range of skin tones. thats pretty neat 😉

What makes you #AerieREAL?

My go to response would be my level of confidence that has gradually increased through the years but I feel that there are other things that make me more real. Defying society’s expectations of me and how I should behave, speak and react are things that I believe make me the most #aerieREAL. I see myself as unique and someone who can’t be put in a box.

 

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Real Talk With Sarah Ribble

Not only does Sarah Ribble design Aerie bras, she rocked them in our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot! Find out why Sarah wanted to join the shoot and how #AerieREAL has influenced her work here at Aerie.

Real Talk With Sarah Ribble

Why did you want to be a part of this #AerieREAL bra photoshoot?

I wanted to show that Aerie bras are made by real women for real women! In the design office, we talk a lot about body positivity and how to make our customers feel empowered, but I experience self-doubt and insecurity as much as the next person. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about this photoshoot. I don’t make a habit of dancing around in my underwear in front of cameras! But I had such an amazing time and everyone on set was so encouraging and uplifting. I hope that by participating in this campaign I’ll inspire other women to love and appreciate their bodies as much as I’ve come to love and appreciate my own.

Real Talk With Sarah RibbleHas #AerieREAL influenced your bra designs?

Absolutely! #AerieREAL is all about comfort! There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable bra. We’ve all experienced a too-tight band, a pokey underwire, or a strap that digs in. At Aerie, we design bras that our customers will love to wear! For example, the idea behind our Real Me bra collection was that the bras should feel “painted on” – almost like a second skin. Every time I design a bra I ask myself, “Is it comfortable? Is it functional? Is it beautiful?” An Aerie bra has to be all three!

Real Talk With Sarah Ribble

What is your favorite bra from the new collections?

My favorite bra is the Real Sunnie Lightly Lined Wireless. It’s such an effortless style!

How does that bra make you feel?

The Real Sunnie Lightly Lined Wireless bra makes me feel so confident! I truly love this bra ❤ It supports me all day, but I honestly forget that I’m wearing it – it’s so comfy!

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I think #AerieREAL means loving the things about yourself that other people might not. Loving and proudly displaying anything that “society” tells us to be ashamed of. For me, that means freckles, cellulite, stretch marks, etc. These things are a part of who we are and we should embrace them whole-heartedly. Loving your imperfections… That’s #AerieREAL.

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Syma Raza

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring the creative, stylish & motivated Associate Manager of PR, Syma Raza. Learn what inspires her and get a glimpse inside her NYC lifestyle.

@symaspeaks #WeAllCan

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring our amazingly vibrant Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac. Learn what drives her and get a glimpse inside her adventurous lifestyle.

 

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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