@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

 

 

 

THOREAU + TONY

polaroid of Thoreau & Tony

Meet Tony & Thoreau

“We need a lot more love. If I could snap my fingers and change the world, it would just be more love.” – Tony

“My greatest passion is doing anything creative and not tying myself down to one thing… I don’t want to be put into a box.” – Thoreau

questionnaires filled out by Thoreau & Tony

polaroid of Thoreau & Tony

 

Kindred spirits from across the globe, Tony and Thoreau (who goes by Thor) grew up a world apart. LA native Tony is an old soul, motivated by his compassion for others and a firm belief that to make the world a better place, you just need one simple thing.

Hailing from Copenhagen, Thoreau is a multi-faceted creator. Experimenting with music, film, photography and writing, he refuses to be defined. 

“We need to stop and take a breath and realize that everyone’s human. You make mistakes, and you grow by learning from those mistakes.” – Thoreau

These friends and collaborators bonded over their love of music and shared belief that when you put good energy into the world, you get good energy back. 

 

DEAUNTE

self shot photo by Deaunte

 

Meet Deaunte

“When I take a selfie, I like to show how I’m feeling and if I’m having a good time. Life is pretty fun.”

 

 

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This photographer and visual artist uses his camera to connect with like-minded individuals, defining what it means to be a young person navigating an increasingly confusing world. To celebrate self-expression and positivity, he is just as likely to turn the lens on himself.

He’s unafraid to put himself and his work out into the world, embracing social media as a way of making friends and creating art.

 

 

Questionnaire filled out by Deauntemirror selfie of Deauntefilm strips of Deaunte

CLARE

self shot photo of Clare

Meet Clare

“I love taking self-portraits. It’s satisfying to be able to curate an image and be in control.”

A model and aspiring voice actor, Clare manages the craziness of today’s world by allowing herself to go with the flow, discovering new passions along the way. Whether she’s modeling, making music, or taking photographs, she’s always looking for opportunities to express her creativity.

self shot photo of Clare

“I often feel like I should be doing, or a have, a certain number of things… but that’s a pressure that will make you crazy. Don’t hold back. Just go for it.”

 

Self shot photo by Clarefilmstrip photos of Clare

 

 

Questionnaire answered by Clare

 

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