To celebrate our recent launch of Aerie REAL we wanted to take the opportunity to feature a few fantastic women who embody #AerieREAL. Today’s Real Talk interview is with Lauren B., born and raised in Wichita, KS and loving her first 5 months working at her local Aerie store. Learn more about Lauren, what #AerieREAL means to her, her must-have Aerie item, and what inspires her below!
What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
To me, #AerieREAL means loving yourself just as you are- the REAL you! Since this campaign has launched, I have heard and read many comments from women that say something along the lines of “I love myself despite my imperfections” which is my goal for #AerieREAL. I want all women to look at themselves without the standards of a society bringing them down for things that make them one of a kind. It would be nice to see women love themselves by recognizing their own inner and outer beauty and rocking it daily.
We love that! Because imperfections, aren’t even imperfections! They make you, you! What makes you Aerie REAL?
I am Aerie REAL because of the effort I have made to improve my self-image. I used to think quite poorly of myself but now I take time to notice all my lovely characteristics. Working in a store that specializes in bras and underwear can be a delicate job because I come across many customers that struggle with their self-esteem. I try as hard as I can to help these women notice their own immense beauty.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
In 3 years I would love to be finishing up my graduate studies in violin, playing in professional orchestras, and celebrating three and a half years at Aerie.
That’s awesome! What’s your top favorite Aerie items right now?
What is one thing the world needs more of?
Fine Arts Appreciation! I know so many talented artists that haven’t pursued their passion out of fear that their work would be underappreciated or they wouldn’t be able to make a living. The funding for fine arts is cut from so many schools, even though it has been proven to improve test scores in other classes. Art is such a powerful force that can do so much good in the world.
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would you bring?
I would love to witness the beauty and majesty of Vienna. There would be so much for me to learn and enjoy from visiting this place. I would take my dear boyfriend Colton- the poor guy has never even been on a plane.
Thank you so much for chatting with us Lauren!
Show us how YOU’RE Aerie Real and tag your photos with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com!