Introducing the #AExMECouncil

Self-expression. Individuality. The power to change the world. Introducing the #AExMECouncil!

Inspired by the bold voices of young people like YOU, we’re introducing our first-ever advisory council of nine leaders from around the country, each a fearless champion for a better future.

AE will be supporting the advocacy work of each #AExMECouncil member AND learning from them, working hand-in-hand on every aspect of our business to make sure our practices and product are as game-changing as customers like you.

Over the next year, look for updates about our work together. We’ll be collaborating on ideas for Pride, mental health, sustainability, getting out the vote, charitable giving, and more.

 

 

Samuel Getachew

Award-Winning Poet

@samuelgd 

16-year-old Oakland, CA resident Samuel believes “the biggest misconception about our generation is that we’re monolithic. We are so, so incredibly multifaceted and diverse.” He is passionate about using art to create change and uplift the voices of marginalized people. 

 

Delaney Tarr

March for Our Lives Co-Founder

@delaneytarr

March for Our Lives co-founder Delaney uses storytelling to end hate and violence. “If we carry these stories, people might actually listen.”

 

Saaneah Jamison

R&B Artist & Body Positive Activist

@saaneah

“Bloom where you are.” Rising R&B artist and body-positive activist is Saaneah is creating a self-love movement called Curvy Confidence through music and dance.

 

Joseph Touma

Bridge the Divide Co-Founder

@josephmtouma

Listening. Engaging. Building bridges across political lines. West Virginia native and Bridge the Divide co-founder Joseph Touma believes respect and understanding are the way forward.

 

Tim Johnson Jr.

Actor & Musician

@cityboyjr  

Actor. Musician. Bringer of joy. The Philly native is ready to make his mark in entertainment and on the world. “Soul is everything to me.”

 

Gabby Frost

Buddy Project Founder

@gabbyfrost

Gabby founded the Buddy Project to help promote mental health and prevent suicide. “A lot of young people feel alone. There are people out there who understand and want to help.” Her app launches soon!

 

Peyton Klein

Global Minds Founder

@peytonklein

“Diversity is a fact. Inclusivity is a choice.” Pittsburgh high school student Peyton founded Global Minds, a for-youth, by-youth organization that inspires students to build intercultural friendships and support immigrant rights.

 

Imani Jai Chisom

Faith-Based Activist

@imanijai 

Theology and writing student. Aspiring minister. “I fight for the little black girls who don’t think they’re going to go to college, who are told they’re small and voiceless.” Pittsburgh native Imani uses her platform to address issues facing black women at predominantly white colleges.

 

Edith Cruz

Immigrant Rights Activist

@thatweirdchild__

Sí, se puede. A journalism/broadcasting student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Edith has lived in Kentucky since she was 6 years old. Originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, she’s passionate about education equity and immigrant rights.

 

These #AExMECouncil members are changing the world, and so are YOU. Tag #AExME @americaneagle to share how you’re using your voice to inspire change.

 

 

Meet the new #AExME cast: get to know BRINDA

polaroid of @brindanotbrenda

 

 

 

handwritten bio of @brindanotbrenda

 

I drove across the country and it was like just super exhilarating to be out on the road alone. I love driving so I was like, I’m in my element right now and I’m doing this by myself. I’m a small person and I’m doing a really big thing.

 

 

Meet the new #AExME cast: get to know ISAAC

polaroid of @ablackfarmer

 

 

handwritten bio of @ablackfarmer

 

“Summer means to me a lot of fun.”

 

 

 

@DAEVINREAVES

 

Daevin's selfie in an AE dressing room

 

Daevin Reaves is living proof that when you put good energy into the world, you get good energy back. In June he tagged #AEXME in a fitting room selfie, and now he’s featured in stores across the country and on the homepage of AE.com. His style radiates positivity and individuality, from the socks he wears to the pictures he posts on Instagram. Learn more about his journey and get inspired to express your style with AExME.

 


 

Q: What made you decide to submit your photos to AExME? How did it feel when you were chosen to be a part of it?

A: I actually almost DIDN’T send in anything. But I ended up trying on a button up shirt and a pair of shorts, and decided “Eh, why not! Life is short” and I took a few pictures. And I am SOOOO glad I did… when I got the DM from American Eagle I literally flipped out. I said thank you a million times, started dancing and singing and I rushed to tell my parents! It’s an indescribable feeling, but I’ll never forget it.

 

animation of Daevin from Instagram Stories

 

Q: What do you want your social media presence to say about you? What do you want to put out into the world through social media?

A:  Social media has always been super fun for me, but my main goal on my Instagram (@daevinreaves) is to truly show the world who Daevin is. I want my social media presence to be full of positive energy, just like myself. I want to extend and spread all that positive energy through my pictures and interactions through social media.

 

Q: How do you express yourself when you’re NOT on social media?

A:  How do I NOT express myself!!? When not on social media… mostly through clothing. Every single article of clothing I wear has meaning, down to my socks. I haven’t worn a pair of “normal” socks since like 8th grade. It’s always socks with aliens on them, or donuts, or my favorite Kpop band, or some random object. Even today I’m wearing socks with Belgian waffles on them! I feel like every outfit I wear screams “DAEVIN!” or something to that effect.

 

animation of Daevin from Instagram Stories

 

Q: How would you describe your personal style?

A:  My personal style is all about colors, styles, and variety. I really simply wear whatever I think will look good! Today I could go for more of a sporty look, tomorrow may be a preppy look, and the next day an all-denim overalls outfit. My personal style is definitely a reflection of me.

 

Q: What does it mean to you to be a part of AExME?

A:  It means everything and more to be a part of AExME, I am BEYOND grateful and BEYOND thrilled. I don’t even know if it really has hit me yet! It’s so so so surreal, and it’s totally going to hit me soon.

 

selfie of Daevin