#AerieREAL Talks

Our newest #AerieREAL faces came from all across the country (and Canada!) for a bra photoshoot unlike any we’ve ever done. Over 10 days of shooting, 10 groups of women came together to shine and share their stories.

And this is what #AerieREAL is all about.

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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.

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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!

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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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Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!

We asked: Want to wear bras that make you feel real good? You said: YES!

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!Our newest #AerieREAL faces came from all across the country (and Canada!) for a bra photoshoot unlike any we’ve ever done. Over 10 days of shooting, 10 groups of women came together to shine and share their stories.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!And this is what #AerieREAL is all about. YOU! In our all-new bras. Feeling real good.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!“Everywhere you have women just, it seems, tearing each other down. But this whole experience has been nothing but positive and encouraging. We can celebrate things about each other that we love and admire.” –Anna

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!Every day started with some natural beauty love from Patty and Leah, our amazing hair and makeup artists. These ladies didn’t stay behind the scenes the whole time—they both joined the photoshoot!

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!#AerieREAL is more of a mindset than anything. It’s feeling comfortable in your own skin and realizing that your flaws aren’t really negative things. They’re things that make you special, they’re things that make you an individual. #AerieREAL is just that mindset, just radiating through.” –Rachel (feeling real good with her sister Shannon!)

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!Photographers Andrew and Alex shot each woman in multiple outfits and most importantly… bras that they feel real good in.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!You can find every single person from our photoshoot rocking Aerie bras proudly at Aerie.com, in Aerie stores and on social media.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!“For me, #AerieREAL is just completely loving yourself and finally being able to accept who you really are. Because your body loves you. And every cell in your body is working to take care of you every single day, so you need to love it back. Everything that you are, all your stretch marks, all your scars, are there for a reason.” –Grace

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!This photoshoot wasn’t just about the images— each person had so much #AerieREAL love to share. Every group did their own Real Talk, sharing their advice for other women, what the experience of the shoot was like, their thoughts on change and so much more. Stay tuned for our Real Talk series on Instagram.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!A staple of the shoot—the couch of love! Each person signed it and shared their words of inspiration.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!Pretty soon, it was all filled up with LOTS of #AerieREAL inspo.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!You can see all of these amazing women at Aerie.com and in stores now! We’ll be sharing lots from our photoshoot all month long.

Go behind the scenes on our latest #AerieREAL photoshoot!

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Get To Know #AerieREAL Role Model Yara Shahidi

“I love supporting movements that help perpetuate this idea of rising together.”

Yara Shahidi is #AerieREAL!

Yara is an actress and thought leader. In her gap year before attending college, Yara is furthering her own creative projects and using her strong voice to support movements that matter, from increasing voter turnout in the 2018 midterms to empowering young people to get involved in social causes focused on human well-being.

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Living and acting with purpose and following the examples of the amazing role models in her own family are some of the drivers that motivate this #AerieREAL Role Model to keep pushing forward each and every day.

With such a strong voice, it’s no surprise that to Yara, personal style is all about standing strong and feeling good in what she wears. “When I can own what I’m in, I feel much more comfortable when I take on the world around me.” Shop Yara’s faves and see more from all of our #AerieREAL Role Models here.

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Yara’s words to live by? “So it goes.”

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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.

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