Real Talk with Chase

From the Bahamas to the big city, Chase has seen it all. Get to know one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!

20160124_NewArrivals-Instagram What makes you #AerieREAL?

I stay true to my personality, regardless of the situation or who I’m hanging out with.

Lover or fighter?

Both! I’ll cuddle you, but I love an argument. But I also love being a lover!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Probably oatmeal! I’d have 7 bowls a night if I could.

What are you currently listening to?

Trap radio on Pandora. No joke, that’s all I listen to.

Favorite thing about spring?

It’s funny, because the Bahamas doesn’t experience seasons so I haven’t experienced spring yet. When I do, I’ll let you know!

What makes you really laugh?

Besides myself? If I’m being sarcastic to someone and they throw shade back, that makes me burst out laughing.SP1Images_26

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

I don’t see myself as such a traveler. I’m from the Bahamas, so that’s pretty amazing, and I live in New York, so it’s the best of both worlds. My mom is from Australia and I’ve been there 11 times. I’ve been to the places I’ve wanted to be.

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

Obviously your first reaction is, Oh my gosh! And you pick out one of your “problem areas.” But then you’re ok with it and you support the idea because you believe that everyone should be confident in their own body and skin, and that’s what you represent.

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What body positive message do you want to share?

Be healthy and don’t do anything for other people. Do it for yourself. If other people are telling you that you have to look a certain way, make sure YOU want to look that way.

One thing the world needs more of?

People who give people a chance and opportunity to do something, because I believe that everyone should be given a chance to chase their dreams. We need more supportive people in this world.

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Real Talk With Julie

Give this girl a hot chocolate and an extra half hour in bed, and she’ll be ready to go. Get to know Julie, one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!Image2What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m #AerieREAL because what you see is what you get. When I’m going out the door, I just put on my vitamin E cream, I put some salt spray in my hair, that’s it. Maybe concealer under my eyes. I like to be natural.

Lover or fighter?

Definitely lover. I hate fights and when I’m in a fight, I always like to make up after 15 minutes.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hot chocolate with whipped cream, especially in the cold winter days. I’ve been living in LA since March, now it’s getting a little bit more chilly and I already got my two hot chocolates last week!

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What are you currently listening to?

Indie rock.

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Definitely breakfast in bed. I’m a morning person. I always wake up early, I make my breakfast, then I jump back in bed. I need my blankets to give me half an hour more before I start my day.

Favorite thing about spring?

Eating outside. I’m from the Netherlands, and we’re always so happy when spring starts because we can finally eat outside.
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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

I think it’s good for other girls to see how models look in real life. Lots of people think that there’s actually more retouching on the pictures than there is. So now with the #AerieREAL campaign, they can see how we really look.

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

Be confident. I think that girls who are confident are the prettiest. You should be confident in your own body no matter what size you are. As soon as you are confident and you start smiling, I think the whole world will look up to you.

What’s one thing the world needs more of?

It’s cliché, but I will say love. There are still a lot of bad things happening in the world. Now in Europe there are a lot of refugees, and if you see what’s going on and how many people are hating on them coming back into the European countries, I think that’s a sad thing. I hope that one day the world can be more peaceful.

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Real Talk With Barbie

No matter what, Barbie is unapologetically herself. Get to know one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!
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What makes you #AerieREAL?
I am unapologetically myself, no matter what anyone’s opinion of me is.

Lover or fighter?

I’m definitely a lover. You would never see me fighting anyone! I’m very strong with my opinions, so I fight for what I think is right, but it’s all out of love.

What are you currently listening to?

Future, always. Older hip hop/R&B too, and I love Brazilian music.

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

If anyone knows me, they know that I don’t really leave my bed when I’m home. So definitely breakfast in bed.

Favorite thing about spring?

I just love the weather. Sometimes it gets a little too hot in New York—a lot too hot! But spring is the perfect time. It’s nice and breezy, sunny, flowers are out, trees are kickin’ in. Love it!

What makes you really laugh?

My two best friends. They’re crazy! They need a reality show.
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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

Not being retouched in the images is something that is very important to me. People knowing that’s how I look like without any Photoshop, without anyone’s perception of what my body needs to look like.

In the world of modeling, how do you see yourself?

I see myself as almost an oddball in a lot of situations. It’s either I’m too small or too big for a lot of things, and when people are happy with me because I’m not changing for anyone, it’s really empowering. When I started doing “plus-size modeling,” I got put into a bit of a box. People like to change my body with padding in my boobs or in my body even. It’s different and a weird thing to see yourself not look like you, especially when you are so used to seeing things that are so raw and real. It’s really refreshing to see it happening again. I’m very excited.

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

Numbers don’t mean anything. There isn’t just one beauty that is allowed to wear a certain outfit, or allowed to model something, or allowed to be beautiful. You don’t have to have a six-pack to wear a swimsuit.

What’s one thing the world needs more of?

Women who are so strong that they don’t care about what other people think of them. I think every girl has potential to do that, it’s just society makes it really hard.

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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.

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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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