Aerie debuts new nude collection

Aerie‘s inclusive shopping experience started with using more diverse models that were not retouched. Now, their mission continues with their new inclusive nude offerings.

According to Mic, the American Eagle company announced on Wednesday that they will incorporate five new shades of nude into their line of bras and underwear. Called the Real Me collectionMic says the new nudes palette includes are available in five inspirationally-named shades: “Honesty, Inspiration, Strength, Energy and Confidence,” which “vary from light brown to dark brown.”

Discussing the products’ launch, Jennifer Foyle, Aerie’s global brand president, shared that the new shades aren’t the only reason to be excited.

“…Not only are we offering a beautiful palette that includes a wide range of nudes, but the amazing second-skin soft fabric of these bras lets you feel like your real self,” she said in an email to Mic. “These bras have ultimate comfort and are super lightweight, all while providing amazing support with the right amount of coverage. This is a collection truly designed to move with you, shape to you and feel like you.”

So far, Mic reports that the Real Me collection offers unlined bras, thongs, bralettes and boy briefs in the new hues.

Walking in style

Adrianne Haslet was not only a model of clothing on March 24 when she walked down a fashion show runway; she was also a model of strength.

According to Bustle, the Boston Marathon Bombing survivor opened a “body positive Vancouver Fashion Week show,” taking her turn down the runway to represent #BeBodyAware, a collaboration between Toronto-based designer Lesley Hampton and plus model Tia Duffy’s Be Body Aware Project, which aims to promote diversity in the fashion world.

Following the bombing, Haslet — a professional ballroom dancer — lost her left leg below the knee, says Bustle, and now serves as a motivational speaker. But for Hampton and her body-positive collaboration, Haslet didn’t need to utter a word to be an inspiration. Hampton explained to CBC News how she asked Haslet to walk in her show this way:

“I sent her an email,” she said. “I was just like, ‘I love your story. I’m so inspired. ‘Would you be interested in coming to walk for my show?’ And she replied right away, and was like, ‘That’s incredible, absolutely.’ And she’s flying all the way in from Boston.”

And the feeling is mutual; Bustle said Haslet offered that her willingness to participate in the show was a celebration of the ways her mission aligns with Hampton’s.

“She represented models of all body types on her runway,” she said. “It is my life’s work to show other amputees that they can do anything. We are not broken, we are simply missing pieces.”

Well said, Adrianne.

Venus Williams celebrates Serena’s win

We always knew that sisters and tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams were the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Now we know they are also the ultimate siblings.

According to Elite Daily, after Serena won the Australian Open — and her 23rd Grand Slam title — over Venus in the championship match, Venus made it clear that she is her sister’s biggest supporter and most ardent fan.

Taking the podium after the match, Elite Daily says Venus began a short speech by acknowledging Serena as her “little sister,” stirring applause from the crowd. But then Elite Daily reports Venus let the world know just how proud she is of her sister:

“Congratulations Serena on number 23, I have been right there with you. Some of them I have lost against you. I guess that’s weird but it’s true. But it’s been an awesome thing, your win has always been my win, I think you know that. And all the times I wouldn’t be there, couldn’t be there or didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me.”

Following Venus’s speech, Serena returned the love and admiration back to her sister.

“There is no way I would be at 23 without her, there is no way I would be at one without her, there’s no way I would have anything without her,” she said, according to Elite Daily. “She is my inspiration.”

And they are both our inspirations. Congratulations to them both.

Take a time out with THL

We are 27 days into 2017, and the new year has already ushered in a host of new challenges. But don’t let the stress get you down — take a time out with THL to recharge and gear up to tackle head on whatever concerns are plaguing you.

Take some R&R time

If you’re too busy to head to a nail salon, try pampering yourself with an at-home manicure and pedicure. Better yet, use a nail polish with an empowering name so every time you look down out at your nails, you’re reminded to keep calm and carry on.

THL recommends: Essie’s “Power Clutch,” available at Ulta for $9.

Take some creative time

If makeup and spa days aren’t your thing, relax your mind with a little art therapy. A new trend, adult coloring books offer a brief respite from the daily grind and allow grown ups to be a kid once more. But make no mistake: adult coloring books aren’t all roses, sunshine and puppies designed to numb your mind. Some incorporate your favorite television shows, while others may even teach you something new while you’re coloring away.

THL recommends: “The Badass Feminist Coloring Book,” available at Barnes & Noble for $25, is complete with images of “40 badass feminists and bonus essays on feminism” that are sure to simultaneously relax you and inspire you.

Take some alone time

Everyone loves to read something that is both enlightening and engaging, so there’s no better way to steal a little time for yourself than by curling up with a good book. Whether you decide to read something brand new or choose to revisit an old favorite, reading allows you to escape from the present or become engrossed in a new tale — or may even make you aware of a previously unconsidered point of view.

THL recommendsWe Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, available at Amazon for $6.39 (or $2.99 for the Kindle Edition). This short essay, which was adapted from Adichie’s famous TEDx talk, lays out the basic premise of feminism and explains the logic behind an inclusive feminism.

These recommendations will surely provide an escape from the stresses of the new year. But don’t rest for too long — those challenges won’t resolve themselves.

Lively promotes ‘girl power’ in PCAs speech

When Blake Lively won a People’s Choice Award at the Jan. 18 event, she used the moment to give a speech that encouraged young girls to shed any limitations placed on them.

According to Entertainment Weekly, after winning a PCA for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, Lively shared words of wisdom passed down to her from her mother:

“My mom, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do,” she said.

Sharing that as a child, she wanted to meet the Spice Girls, EW says the actress told the audience what she learned from idolizing the girl group. “What was so neat about them was that they’re all do distinctly different, and they were women, and they owned who they were, and that was my first introduction into girl power,” Lively said.

With her award, Lively contended that a vote for the Favorite Actress category was a vote for girl power. “Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category — when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power,” Lively said, according to EW. “And men voted for girl power, too, and you guys are awesome for doing that.”

Adding that her win and her peers’ nominations proves that people “want to hear stories about women,” Lively concluded her speech by calling on fans to share their stories, because “You need to be heard, you are valuable, and no one can limit you!”

Williams offers winning advice

Serena Williams isn’t just a world-class tennis champion, she is also a sagacious advice giver.

According to Voguethe tennis superstar offered a healthy dose of positivity this week following an appearance at the opening of a new Nike store in SoHo on Nov. 10. In a Facebook Live chat for Vogue.com, Williams offered her best advice on how to endure adversity.

To keep herself from quitting when times get tough, Vogue says Williams told her fans to never quit.

“I don’t want to quit. Figuratively, in a match, or in my career—that’s easy … You can’t be defeated. Every experience makes you; it’s important to keep fighting. It sounds cliché, ‘Never give up,’ but that actually means a lot.”

Thank you, Serena. We needed that.