Follow Her Friday: Anna Martemucci

On Fridays, we like to do a special shout-out to #AerieREAL girls who seriously inspire. This Follow Her Friday, we’d like you to meet Anna Martemucci, who comes to us by way of Los Angeles/Brooklyn.  Between writing, directing, acting, producing, and founding Periods Films, Anna took some time to chat with us. Read more below!

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Multitasking at its best! Here, she’s on set in a moving car with her team, filming on location in Pittsburgh.

Aerie: Hi, Anna! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Tell us your story in a nutshell!

Anna: I grew up in small towns in North Dakota and Pennsylvania but my parents emigrated here from Rome, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. I became first a writer and then a filmmaker. I love telling stories that promote the notions of human equality and compassion. I also want to make people laugh and feel connected to the world. And I really enjoy hot tubs.

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Anna: When I saw the Aerie Real campaign, to me it meant that [Aerie] was taking a step towards a better world! All through growing up, every woman I knew, no matter what she looked like, was obsessed with losing weight and striving to look perfect, including me. Often times this obsession was so huge it would be at the detriment of our physical and mental health.  I think a lot of that is because we’re sort of brainwashed by the constant images of airbrushed faux perfection we have flying at our faces constantly, and the fact that most of our movies and TV shows are populated largely with women who have very similar body types to each other.  I love the no airbrushing idea. If we can all admit that every single human being is a flawed little snowflake of gorgeous imperfection, and that imperfection can be just as beautiful (if not more so!) than our current, narrow idea of “perfection,” then maybe we’ll all feel more free! There are so many more interesting things to think about than losing weight or looking perfect, after all.

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Anna with Zachary Quinto at the NYTVFest panel for “The Chair” and “Hollidaysburgh”.

Aerie: What makes YOU #AerieREAL?

Anna: I really love what I do.

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Making movies or a cinematic TV show, hopefully somehow involving puppets. Kidding about the puppets…kind of.  I hope I’m telling stories in some form. Maybe raising a small baby into a grown human. Feeding self properly. Traveling and living and loving, baby.*  (*said in a drawl like Matthew McConaughey).

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Anna doing press for her film “Breakup at a Wedding” with Zachary Quinto.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Anna: There are so many! But I love this one, it is so good for the creative types (which I suspect every human being is in some form):

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”  –  Martha Graham

Aerie: What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Anna: [My films] Breakup at a Wedding, Hollidaysburgh, and Periods.  These are the 3 movies I’ve made with my team at Periods Films, which includes my brother-in-law Philip Quinaz and husband Victor Quinaz. My biggest personal accomplishment has been learning how to be a team player after years of being an isolated writer. Other people are where it’s at.

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Say…cheese? Anna strikes a pose with Periods Films actor Brian Shoaf before shooting the Periods Film “FOPS”.

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

Anna: I have so many role models. I find life so much better and all of my big dreams more manageable when I focus on the people and artists that I love. So the concept of role models is big for me!  The Coen Brothers, John Hughes, Sophia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, Lena Dunham, Wes Anderson, Louis C.K., Alexander Payne, Jill Soloway…they are all storytelling heroes of mine, among many others. I love the way that each of these storytellers has a very particular voice, one that can really only be theirs, and through the specificity of their voice, something universal is achieved. That’s what I strive for in my own work.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie item?

Anna: This blanket scarf is super cute and I want it.

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Lights, camera…action! Some of the Periods Films crew get together on location for “Nam.”

Aerie: What are your three things you always have with you?

Anna: Shoes that look good but that I can walk in for at least 20 NYC city blocks, blotting papers (curse of the shiny face), a positive outlook.

Aerie: If you could pick any actress or actor to play you in your own movie, who would it be?

Anna: Amy Sedaris.

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Making doing it all look easy! Here’s Anna on the set of “Medal of Victory” in Wisconsin.

Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell!

Anna: Badminton. The tiny rackets make me feel powerful and I just love saying “shuttlecock” as much as possible in this short life.

Thanks for chatting with us, Anna! To keep up with Anna, follower her on Instagram and Twitter   @AnnaMartemucci!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Aerie Designers: The Holiday Collection

Let’s be honest – the entire Aerie Holiday collection is on our wishlist this year. This season, we can’t wait for you to meet a few of the #AerieREAL girls who made it all happen! We headed to our New York Design Office to chat with some of our design team to learn about what makes the Aerie Holiday collection so special, and the trends and styles they’re most excited about this season.

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Lights, camera…action! We took over the Design office for a day of filming!

Beanies and trappers make a great gift for everyone on your list!

Jackie, Emily and Jennifer show that beanies and trappers make a great Holiday gift to keep ears and spirits warm!

The Aerie Blanket Scarf!

Jackie’s keeping cozy in one of our favorite trends of the season…the Aerie Blanket Scarf! With so many ways to wear it, it’s a unique piece you can really make your own.

Watch below to learn a little more about some of our Aerie designers, and to find out why you’re going to love our Holiday collection.

Xoxo,

Aerie

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#AskJenny Question of the Week: What Are the Benefits of a Seamless Sports Bra?

This week, Jenny’s here to tell you all about Aerie’s low-impact sports and yoga bras…because every girl needs a few great sports bras in her wardrobe!

Check out the video below to see fit and style expert Jenny Altman and Kerstyn, Merchandise Manager for Aerie bras, dish on Aerie’s sports bras:

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We love the center ruching detail on our soft and comfy seamless sports bra!

Aerie’s seamless sports bras are great for low-impact workouts like yoga (Kerstyn, Merchandise Manager for Aerie bras, loves to wear one for ballet barre class!). Aerie’s sports bras with removable padding are great for avoiding “perky” situations, and offer a little more support.

Jenny’s quick tip? Consider what occasion you’re wearing your bra for. Not all sports bras are the right fit for every occasion, workout or the level of support you need for your cup size. Find a few different styles with multiple levels of coverage and support so you’ll always have the perfect choice on hand.

Xoxo,

Aerie

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#AskJenny Question of the Week: Why Do I Need a Full Coverage Bra?

You might be thinking that full coverage bras are just for the larger-chested ladies. But we have Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, and Kerstyn, Merchandise Manager of Aerie bras, here to set the record straight!

Watch below for Jenny and Kerstyn’s tips and tricks on all things full coverage.

Jenny’s take on full coverage? Full coverage bras are really a great t-shirt bra option for girls of all sizes! In fact, it’s your breast shape, rather than your size, that’s the more important factor to consider when deciding what level of coverage is right for you. Full coverage bras, like Aerie’s best selling Sunnie Lightly Lined bra, are especially good choices for girls that are fuller in the top of the breast.

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The full coverage Katie Lightly Lined Bra is an Aerie girl’s best friend…and has the 5-star reviews to prove it!

Want to hear more? Check out why Jenny thinks every girl needs a trusty pushup bra in her life.

For tips from Jenny on finding the perfect bra for you, email your fit and style questions to AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk: Why You Need a Pushup Bra

Even if a pushup isn’t your daily go-to, it’s a total necessity in every girl’s bra wardrobe! Whether you’re looking for everyday perky or weekend whoa, Aerie has the perfect bra for you. Pushup bras are great for girls of all shapes and sizes to provide just the right amount of support and push.

Watch below for reasons why our Merchandise Manager for Aerie bras, Kerstyn, and fit and style expert Jenny Altman love a good pushup.

The Bridget Pushup bra is one of our go-to’s for every day. Jenny’s favorite? The Ella Gel, for its natural, perky lift. Kerstyn loves the Charley Plunge for her v and scoop-neck tops!

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The Drew Pushup bra adds two cup sizes for some serious “whoa!” factor.

What’s your favorite Aerie pushup bra? Tell us below!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk: Why You Need a Demi Cup Bra

A demi cup bra is one of the 9 bras you NEED in your wardrobe! Aerie’s Fit and Style expert, Jenny Altman, is here to tell you why it’s a must have for girls of all shapes and cup sizes, whether you’re looking for a little lift with your henleys or v-necks, or a lightly lined option for your everyday t-shirts.

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Demi cup bras are a perfect coverage option for girls of all cup sizes!

Watch below to get the lowdown on all things demi cup!

For more tips from Jenny, check out our most recent video in our Real Talk video series, “Why You Need a Lightly Lined Bra”! Still have questions on the best bra fit for you, or bra dilemmas? Email Jenny at AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny.

Xoxo,

Aerie

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