This is from Michael Lewis's book, Liar's Poker:
I’m not sure any of them had what you’d call genuine ethnic identity. But they were an oppressed minority. And they shed rather than acquired airs. They were back-row people to a man.
What does "And they shed rather than acquired airs." mean?
The definition of airs is:
affected or unnatural manner; manifestation of pride or vanity; assumed haughtiness:
But I don't understand what does "they shed" mean.
Thanks for the help!