Real Talk With Danielle Candray

Danielle is an advocate and mentor for those with alopecia, a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. She’s also a camp counselor with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and one of the stars of our latest #AerieREAL bra photoshoot. Read on to see how the NAAF has impacted Danielle’s life and what makes her #AerieREAL!

Real Talk With Danielle Candrey

How has alopecia impacted your life?

I’ve had Alopecia since I was 2 and a half and I’m now 19 years old. Growing up with it was extremely difficult for me because kids made fun of me for years. I didn’t know anyone who had Alopecia so that caused me to feel isolated.When I was about 14, I attended an Alopecia conference hosted by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and it changed my life. I met amazing people who were just like me and the conference helped me get the courage to wear my wig less. I’ve gone to the conference every year since, so about six years and I have completely transformed. I made alopecia become something positive that could benefit me. I’ve met the most amazing people through alopecia and I have been given the opportunity to inspire other alopecians to embrace/accept themselves which is incredibly rewarding.

What would you like to share with those who are not familiar with alopecia? 

For those who are not familiar with alopecia, we are not sick. Most people assume that we are very sick and feel the need to treat us differently. Alopecia is not life threatening but is life altering. Alopecia is an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack our hair follicles thus causing hair loss. There are different types of alopecia, I have alopecia areata which means my hair grows/falls out in patches. If you see someone who you think might have Alopecia, try not to stare too much, it makes some of us a bit uncomfortable. Everyone deals with their alopecia differently. Some are very open about it and like to talk about it like myself but some are still shy about it and feel embarrassed when asked questions. My tip for when meeting someone new who has alopecia would be to wait to ask questions until they mention their aloepcia themselves!Real Talk With Danielle Candrey

What’s one of your proudest moments?  

My proudest moment just happened in late June! I was working as a kid’s camp counselor for the NAAF Conference. My group started out with about 4 teenage girl campers but by the end of the conference, I ended up with 12 girls. I guess our table was the popular table! Throughout the conference, I talked to some of the girls and gave them advice, shared my experiences with alopecia, and even encouraged a few off them to take off their wig/hat! On the last day of the conference I was thanked by many of the girls’ parents because I helped their daughters come out of their shells and the girls were grateful that I was their camp counselor. Although I was there to make the conference a great experience for them, I believe they made my experience unforgettable and I thank them for that. So yeah, this past NAAF conference as a camp counselor was my proudest moment!

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m #AerieREAL because I’m not letting my alopecia or weight prevent me from doing the things I love!

The beauty about #AerieREAL is that it doesn’t mean we are “perfect” or love every inch of ourselves every day. To me, it means that it’s okay to have bad days because that’s what makes us human and real. As long as we remember to accept ourselves the way we are and treat our bodies with respect, then we can all be #AerieREAL.

 

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Stylist’s Picks: Feels Like Home

You went big with the City. You kept it cool in the Downtown. Now take it easy in a new classic with all the feels of your faves: the Hometown Sweatshirt. Erin loves the versatility and comfy vibes of this sweatshirt. Get a touch of home when you put on this newest must-have.

Stylist Picks: Feels Like Home

 

A looser hem means more room for movement (and more room to have fun this year!).

 

Stylist Picks: Feels Like Home

The best accessory to our Hometown Sweatshirt is a bra from one of our new collections. Stay cozy at every layer with this Real Happy Demi Lightly Lined Bra made with supersoft cotton and a fun logo band. Make it even better when you pair it with our High Rise Logo Undie!

 

Stylist Picks: Feels Like HomeOne of Erin’s go-to tips: add something extra! Tie a bandana around your neck or wristfor a pretty pop of color to complete your look.

Want more stylist’s picks? See our faves here!

 

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The Bras Of Summer!

Summer outfits, meet your new fave bras. Convertible, comfy and cute, these bras make it easy to style your summer looks. See 3 of our must-haves below!

The Bras Of Summer!

Sunnie Bandeau is back! Get unlined, underwire support in the Real Soft® fabric you know and love. Wear it with straps for an easy tank bra, or remove them to wear it with your fave summer rompers.

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Have a low-arm tank? Show off some lace and wear our Sunnie Longline Strapless Lightly Lined Bra underneath—the XO lace details are made for a  pretty peek-a-boo. Keep Sunnie Strapless in heavy rotation and rock it with every wardrobe change this summer: you can wear it with both straps, 1 strap, cross-back straps or strap-free!

The Bras Of Summer!

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Ditch the tank and rock your Castaway Lace Longline Bandeau as a top! This cotton-lined bralette is a go-to for hot summer nights. Wear it on its own or let it peek out from tees and tanks. Add the straps to let the pretty rose gold hardware show!

The Bras Of Summer!

The Bras Of Summer!

Want more of our summer must haves? Check them out here!

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You Got It From Your Mama!

Here’s to our role models! This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating MOM—your original role model. To get ready, we brought our #AerieREAL Role Models and their moms together for an extra-special shoot. Find out what Iskra, Yara and Aly got from their mamas and share your story! Tell us what you got from your mama or what you hope to pass on to your kids with us @Aerie #AerieREAL.

See behind-the-scenes fun from the shoot and read our #AerieREAL Role Models’ stories below!

Iskra Lawrence with her mom, Wilma

Iskra: “Her gift is that she’s grateful and excited for each and every single thing in life. That’s really really wonderful and so happy and positive to be around. You show me what unconditional love truly means.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Aerie Cross-Strap High Neck Bikini Top | Aerie Muscle Tank

Wilma: “I think for moms out there, it’s really important to always be positive, to bring a positive vibe each day, to tell your children how much you love them, how much you do appreciate them. Just be happy.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Aerie Cut Out One Piece

Yara Shahidi with her mom, Keri

Yara: My mom is one of the biggest influences in my life. Part of it is just watching her maneuver through the world. Being able to be in your presence, I’ve watched you maneuver through the world without compromising. You’ve always been very honest and open with me.Even being able to see the times in which you’ve struggled has made it so I embrace myself and I embrace the moments when I don’t feel my best. And rather than glossing over those, you’ve taught me to really live in those moments and figure out how to grow from those moments rather than feeling as though I have to attain some random idea of perfection.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Aerie Strapless Ruffle Jumpsuit

Keri: “I feel like one of my jobs before I had her, before my husband and I manifested this creature, was to know that we were depositing goodness. And for her to reflect back and say ‘geez thank you’ without me whispering in her ear “name me a role model” is honestly more than I could ever ask. So I’m honored.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Distressed Cable Sweater | Lace-Up Easy Short | Long Sleeve Striped Shirt | Cut Out One Piece | Denim Fringe Short

Aly Raisman with her mom, Lynn

Aly: “No matter what I do, no matter how crazy everything gets, I always look forward to coming home & just being grounded & having that balance. Family is the best place for me, so I feel very lucky.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Smocked One Piece Swimsuit | Long Sleeve Striped Shirt | Triangle Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Striped Kimono

Lynn: “Be confident, be supportive and kind, and just really love yourself.”

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SHOP THE LOOK: Triangle Bikini Top | Macrame Scoop One Piece Swimsuit | Macrame Top

Share your story! Tell us what you got from your mama or what you hope to pass on to your kids with us @Aerie #AerieREAL.

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STYLIST’S PICKS: ALL IN THE DETAILS

Love is in the details! Old world meets modern castaway with this season’s Victorian-inspired pieces. See some of our stylist’s faves below.

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Crochet, pintucks and ruffles make this white set extra special. Go for lace and crochet trim with a sweet babydoll silhouette in our Sea Breezy Top, then add more pretty details with our Pintucked Lace Short on the bottom. Add a Metallic Floppy Hat, jewels and fun footwear, then kick it island style!

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Wear castaway details on the bottom with rope ties and distressed touches on our Denim Fringe Short, then elevate your look with Victorian-inspired eyelet and embroidery on our Eyelet Crop Tank. The pretty details don’t stop with your top—get in on this season’s macramé trend (and add a print!) with our Triangle Bikini Top and matching Cheeky Bikini Bottom.

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One and done is the best kind of look. Tie it all together with an easy Crochet Trimmed Coverup with pintucked details and crochet trim throughout. You can stop there, or you can always accessorize! Add your fave sunnies, a Top Knot Headband, jewels and whatever extra touches you want.

Want more of Erin’s stylist’s picks? Check them out here.

 

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Introducing #AerieREAL Role Models

No retouching. Body positivity. Girl power. Introducing #AerieREAL Role Models!

Joining our original Role Model and Body Positivity Activist Iskra is Singer-Songwriter Rachel Platten, Actress Yara Shahidi and Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman. Each of these amazing women inspires us, just like each of YOU inspires us and empowers those around you every single day.

See more from our #AerieREAL Role Models here (and watch them below!), shop their faves and stay tuned for Real Talks and so much more inspiration from these amazing women.

This is women supporting women. This is empowerment. This is #AerieREAL!

Rachel, Yara, Aly and Iskra are #AerieREAL, and so are YOU! Join the movement and share what makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model.

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