YOU Helped Us Raise $10K For NEDA!

WE LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN!

Thanks to you, we reached our initial goal and we’ve raised $10,000 for the National Eating Disorders Association! Since March 20th, we’ve seen more than 10,000 of your amazing unretouched swim photos on social. And thanks to you, we’re still going! Post your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL and we’ll donate $1 (now up to $15K!) to NEDA.

Check out some of the 10,000 #AerieREAL girls who love the swim they’re in!

 

As excited as I was for my recent deliveries from @aerie I couldn't help but feel nervous as all heck about being photographed in a … you guessed it.. a 👙. I have always had curves and I have always argued with them. Some days it was, could you turn more hourglass? Other days it was, could just plain not exist? Needless to say my body was true to itself even when I felt the pressure to look otherwise. I'm challenging myself this year to not let a social standard dictate my size, shape, or skin tone. I'm naturally pale AF y'all and I can't keep buying self tanner (#sorryjergens), I've got freckles everywhere, and my size (for the most part) is consistently all about that curve. My size is mine. And you know what? In my book that's pretty freaking beautiful 🙋🏼😘🙏🌮 #everyBODYisbeautiful #aeriereal

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Guys, this is two days in a row that I haven't dreaded looking at my body! This is HUGE! So yes I will show my body proudly, I work so hard to learn to love myself. This isn't for anyone else this is for ME. Happy Sunday, I hope you all feel beautiful today. You don't have to be beautiful like her, you can be beautiful like YOU! Love your body, every curve, bump, roll, mark, it makes you YOU and no one on this earth has that power. Not going to lie I used to be and still am sometimes terrified of summer time. Bikinis, showing skin, knowing damn well I haven't prepared (why prepare wtf) for summer. NEWS FLASH: you don't have to ever prepare for any season, any clothing, any event. Screw dieting, screw torturing yourself to fit into a certain type of clothing because you're scared you won't look like everyone else. You won't ever look like anyone else and that's 100% okay because you are you and they are them and both are equally beautiful. No body shaming. No beauty standards. Build up others, don't tear them down. 💪🏽🌸 • • • #edrecovery #recovery #BDD #stopbodyshaming #fatphobia #bopo #bopowarrior #unretouched #aeriereal #neda #aerie #nowrongwaytohaveabody #everybodyisbeauitful #everybuttisbeautiful #myflawsarefierce #realbodies #allbodiesarerealbodies #cellulitesaturday #embracethesquish

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Now it’s your turn! Post you unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL & help us raise money for NEDA. You can share in whatever swim you’re in, doesn’t have to be Aerie. Happy grammin’!

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Love The Swim You’re In! #AerieREAL

 

Love the swim you’re in! For the second year in a row, we’re asking #AerieREAL girls to help us bring body positivity to the beach and beyond. For every 100% unretouched swim photo you post with #AerieREAL, we’ll donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the National Eating Disorders Association.

To keep up with all the love, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And share your photos! Tell us why YOU love the swim you’re in and encourage your friends to join, too. Because EVERY body is a perfect beach body.

 

 

 

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: STRONG. BEAUTIFUL. YOU!

Happy #NEDAwareness week! Celebrate your strong & beautiful self with OUR stylist’s outfit of the week.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: STRONG. BEAUTIFUL. YOU!Shop Erin’s Look: Limited-Edition NEDA Tee | Fleece Crew Sweatshirt | Chill Hi-Rise Legging | Happy Unlined Plunge Bra | Aerie Shine Boybrief | Round Sunglasses | Baseball Hat | Court Sneaker

This week’s look features our Limited-Edition NEDA Tee: shop it and we’ll donate 100% of sales to the National Eating Disorders Association, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders. If you’re staying active with a NEDA walk this week, wear your Chill Hi-Rise Legging and layer with our Fleece Crew Sweatshirt.

As always, love the REAL you!

 

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#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

We are SO proud to celebrate our third year partnering with NEDA, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Aerie sponsors all NEDA walks across the country that raise funds for advocacy and educational programs and provide support for local communities.

#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

We’re extra proud of #AerieREAL role model, Iskra Lawrence, who partners with the non-profit as a NEDA Ambassador. She attends walks throughout the year and shares her personal story about learning to accept her body and love her REAL self.

#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

This year, we brought back our Limited-Edition NEDA Tee, and it’s going fast! Shop now and we’ll donate 100% of sales to NEDA. Earlier this month, we met our goal of donating $25,000 from Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters credit card sales to NEDA, and this Sunday 2.26 we’ll be matching all sales made at our SoHo pop-up in NYC (up to $10,000) in donations to NEDA. 

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“Aerie’s dedication to socially-responsible campaigns is inspiring,” said Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA. “In a world where girls and women continue to struggle with negative feelings about their appearance, Aerie is creating needed change by celebrating diversity and promoting positive body image. We thank Aerie for their continued support of NEDA and their commitment to fostering strength and confidence in their customers.”

Check out www.Aerie.com/AerieSupports and www.MyNEDA.org to learn more about NEDA and for additional resources. And always remember to love the REAL you!

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Follow Her Friday: Jessica Hickman

This week we’re inspired by Jessica Hickman, NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) National Walk Manager! Read on to learn more about NEDA, how to get involved and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Follow Her Friday: Jessica Hickman

It’s no secret that Aerie loves NEDA! Can you tell our girls a little bit about the organization, how you got involved and your role on the NEDA Team?

That’s so nice – the feelings are definitely mutual! NEDA stands for National Eating Disorders Association, and we are the leading U.S. non-profit for providing support to individuals and their loved ones affected by eating disorders. NEDA advocates for prevention, early intervention, research, and access to quality care for eating disorders.

I became involved with NEDA after overcoming an eating disorder. I was a two-time volunteer NEDA Walk coordinator in my college town. I wanted to give back to an organization that was there for me, and to spread awareness on a subject that was once even hard for me to talk about. It was an experience that challenged and thrilled me and also inspired me to do more. Now fast forward, and I am the National Walk Manager at NEDA where I am overseeing 65 city walk campaigns and supporting the dedicated walk coordinators who make it all possible! It’s a dream.

New NEDA walks are being added all the time! Where can our girls go to learn more and get involved?      

Yes! We are in so many new cities this spring too, and I’m very excited about that. You can go to nedawalk.org to register for a walk near you. You even have the option of forming a team – so don’t forget to invite all of your friends! Follow Her Friday: Jessica Hickman

We know how important early intervention & screenings are. What is NEDA doing to help educate affected individuals & their families?

This year’s theme for NEDAwareness Week is “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened, Get Help, Get Healthy.” We have an online screening tool that takes just a few minutes to complete. This tool can direct users to the right resources for getting help and getting healthy. This initiative doesn’t end with NEDAwareness Week, though. The online screening tool, Information & Referral Helpline, and our other programs, resources, and support networks (like Proud2BMe and NEDA Navigators) are readily available to provide education and support.

We heard you use to work at Aerie! What was your favorite part about the job?

I loved doing the floor sets! I thought it was so fun transforming the store into something totally new overnight. Plus, what’s cooler than hanging out at the mall after hours and getting the first peek at new arrivals?

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What is your favorite Aerie product?

Right now, I’m loving my Aerie Sport-ish Crop Legging– but I have an online shopping cart full of some soon-to-be favorites for spring.

What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

#AerieREAL is not just a hashtag – it’s also movement for girls to support other girls in a world that has made it hard at times to do so. Being #AerieREAL means accepting, owning, and loving your individuality. For me, this was something that once took practice and a daily, conscious effort. Now that I’ve captured feeling of self-love and security, I’m not letting go. I will work to protect it and through working at NEDA I hope to inspire others to find it.

Thank you, Jessica!

xoxo

Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 23-year-old Laura Porter, a student at the George Washington University, and founder of SPEAK GW. A recovering ED warrior and advocate for change and body positivity, Laura works each day to provide resources, and raise awareness and attention to the problem of eating disorders specifically on campus. Read on below to learn more about Laura and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Laura PorterAerie: Hi, Laura! Thanks for chatting with us. We love SPEAK’s mission. What inspired you to launch SPEAK GW?

Laura: I wanted to create a space and a community where people weren’t afraid to speak up about eating disorders.  I am inspired by the community Proud2BMe and NEDA have built online, and I love being able to bring that community to men and women in college, because that’s what I needed when I was struggling. Organizations like SPEAK and Proud2BMe give young people the opportunities to use their voices and silence stigma, which really changes lives.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so who is he/ she and why does he/ she inspire you?

Laura: My role models are the men and women who share their stories so bravely with others and those warriors who fought internal battles with addiction, eating disorders and other illnesses, and won.  There are so many people I have met in treatment who I now see doing amazing things and successfully and bravely taking on life’s challenges one day at a time.  Those are my role models.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and her best friend and former VP of SPEAK, Katie Duman.

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Laura and Brian Cuban, an Eating Disorder and Addiction Recovery Advocate at a SPEAK GW event.

Aerie: After graduation, what is your ultimate dream job?

Laura: It’s my dream to speak to young men and women around the country and share my story of recovery from alcoholism and an eating disorder. I want people to never feel alone and to know that there is always hope.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? 

Laura: My mantra is “speaking up saves lives.” It’s so true because when we share our stories and use our voices, we can reach people in ways that can change a life.

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Laura and her sister, Abby. ❤

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Laura: It means showing my true self to others,  knowing that I am worthy of love and letting go of perfection. It’s about being me—unapologetically.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura sharing the #AerieREAL love! Show us your selfie with #LoveYouRealSelfie.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie bra fit?

Laura: The Softest Lace Racerback Bralette.  It’s perfect to add extra color to my typically neutral wardrobe.

Aerie: Do you have a secret skill or talent? Spill!

Laura: I can do impressions really well, especially accents. I’m from Houston, Texas and have family from Mississippi, so I’ve nailed the southern twang.

Thank you, Laura! Be sure to follow Laura on Instagram and her organization SPEAK.

For more information and resources, visit Aerie.com/NEDA. Tell us your story at AerieREAL.com!

xoxo,

Aerie

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