Get to Know AExME Council Member Edith Cruz


Immigrant Rights Activist



At age 6, AExME Council member Edith Cruz immigrated with her family from Aguascalientes, Mexico to Lexington, KY. Now a 19-year-old student at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Edith is using her voice to advocate for immigrant rights and education equity for all.


How is “equity” different than “equality”? Edith explains that it’s all about getting students what they need as individuals, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all solution.


“My parents made so many sacrifices to get us to the United States to have a better future, so that really inspires me every day,”

says Edith.

“I remember the hours my parents spent working from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in order to have even food for us on the table. And just imagining the hard work they put in inspires me to keep going, and to give back to them by working hard.”

A brave and generous writer, photographer, speaker, organizer, and music fan (The 1975, Shawn Mendes, and Mexican band Zoé are some of her faves), Edith’s hard work takes the form of storytelling. Both her feature radio show, Sobre La Mesa, and episodes she contributed to her high school’s podcast, Lighting the Torch, have given refugees and immigrants like herself opportunities to tell their own stories.


“I don’t want to be the voice of everyone. I want everyone to be the voice of themselves,”

says Edith, who channels her voice into changing the world.


Looking for even more inspiration? Look no further than this excerpt from Edith’s favorite poem, “In Lak’Ech,” by Chicano playwright Luís Valdez:


Tú eres mi otro yo.

You are my other me.


Si te hago daño a ti,

If I do harm to you,


Me hago daño a mi mismo.

I do harm to myself.


Si te amo y respeto,

If I love and respect you,


Me amo y respeto yo.

I love and respect myself.


Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.



Red, White & YOU!

With the official kick-off to summer starting earlier this week with Memorial Day, it’s time for more sunshine. Cue all the bonfires, road trips and long weekends you have planned this season. And since Memorial Day is usually the first weekend pools are open, it’s also time to refresh your swimwear, too. What’s better than a bold & bright red, white and blue swimsuit from American Eagle or Aerie for all your summer plans? Not much.

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Wherever you’re headed for summer break – the beach, the pool, the lake – stay ready for everything that comes your way with new swimwear featuring patriotic prints, colors and designs. American flag swimsuits are a staple this time of year, so suit up in our red, white and blue bathing suits that go with everything else in your Americana-themed outfit. Wear them with your fave American Eagle jeans, shorts and tops and you’re set with an on-trend look that’s always right for summertime.

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Americana bathing suits are just right for all the parties you’re going to attend this summer, too. Family cookout? Done. 4th of July trip to the beach? Got it. Dive right into the party with Aerie swimsuits made with statement-making prints and fits that always feel good. Pick out a one piece bathing suit or mix and match your bikini tops and bottoms to create your ideal swim style, then wear them with sunglasses, sandals and other must-have accessories for a feel-good vibe everywhere you go this season.

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For guys we’ve got Americana swim shorts in the classic board short fit, 6” swim trunks and 8” swim trunks so you always have the fit and feel you’re looking for. You can’t go wrong with the fresh prints, colors and designs of American Eagle swimsuits for your next pool party or trip to the beach. Designed with quick-drying fabrics and all the best details like drawstring waistbands and water-draining pockets, these swim shorts mean business when it’s time for your next day at the pool. Wear them with slides and red, white and blue baseball hats and you’re good to go with your Americana-themed look this summer.

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Check out the full Americana shop for men and women to find all the other necessary elements like shirts, sandals, hats and other accessories designed to keep you looking good and feeling even better.

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Get to Know AExME Council Member Samuel Getachew


Award-Winning Poet



Poetry should be heard, not just read, and to hear 16-year-old AExME Council member Samuel Getachew perform his poetry is to believe in the power of words. “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible,” says the Oakland, Ca,. resident, who we dare you to try to resist, quoting the artist Toni Cade Bambara.


The Ethiopian-American high school student’s poetry about gun violence, the immigrant experience, and racial injustice have garnered over half a million views online and landed his strong, vulnerable words in news outlets including NPR and the New York Times. In addition to co-founding his high school’s student activism club and serving as features editor of his school paper, Samuel is the 2018 Oakland Vice Poet Laureate and the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion… for 2017 and 2018!


You’d think speaking at events with Zendaya (nbd) and members of Congress and the Senate (uh, kinda a big deal) would be life achievements unlocked for Samuel. But he swears his proudest moment came at a recent open mic night when he realized his poetry is inspiring other people to find and use their own voices. A girl who’d never before read her work in public shared that seeing Samuel perform his poetry inspired her to share her writing.

“In that moment I realized I’m not just saying words to open space. When I perform there are people watching and it actually is changing people’s lives.”


Samuel looks up to Barack Obama and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, he says, but his biggest role model is none other than the Queen herself, Beyoncé:

“The way that she creates for herself without really worrying about what repercussions are going to come of it or what people think, that inspires me a lot.”


Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.



Get to Know AExME Council Member Saaneah Jamison


R&B Artist & Body Positive Activist



If you don’t already recognize AExME Council member Saaneah from the summer AExME cast, you’re gonna recognize her soon. The rising R&B artist and body-positive activist is taking over big-time, using music and movement to transform hearts and minds.


She’s appeared on American Idol, opened for Ledisi, and created a series of mega-popular classes—called “Curvy Confidence”—that blend dance, fitness, and self-love.


“It’s about body gratitude, showing love for the body that you have because no one else has it… That’s how you bloom where you are,”

says the Tennessee State University grad who’s worked in her hometown of Nashville as an educator, including with students with disabilities.


Saaneah lives by the mantra that it’s an “artist’s duty to reflect the times” (words by the great Nina Simone), and her art reflects both the times and her unique take on them: everything Saaneah does it about eliminating self-hate, building self-confidence, and helping people find their voice.


“Spend some time alone,”

Saaneah advises anyone looking to find their voice.

“Listen inside of your soul and find the things that you may need to heal. Find the things that get you out of your comfort zone so that you can get to a place where you function in your freedom.”

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.



Get to Know AExME Council Member Tim Johnson Jr.


Actor & Musician



AExME Council member Tim Johnson Jr. is making his joyful mark on entertainment and the world.


“I like going with the flow, wherever it goes,”

says the Philly native who got his start playing Young Simba in the Las Vegas production of The Lion King. Since that life-changing opportunity he nailed at age 10 (when you know, you know), Tim has appeared in major network dramas including FBI, as well as Pacific Rim: Uprising and the Hulu show Future Man with Josh Hutcherson. #TeamPeeta 4ever


“Soul is everything to me,”

says Tim, who recently sang the soul classic “Let’s Stay Together” on the show The Four, earing praise from judges Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and Diddy. “The sun is in the building, shining,” Khaled raved after Tim hit all the high notes, and made it look easy, all with his infectious smile, of course.


Tim lives by the words “walk by faith and not by sight”—from 2 Corinthians 5:6-7—seeing life as a journey where you’ve got to trust yourself and live every moment to its fullest.


“I feel like we are products of love.”


Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.



AE Studio: ’90s Riot Collection

Each month, a new curated trend collection. Just for you.

Our first drop was inspired by the vibrant colors, patterns, and style of Venice Beach. And our second drop is ready to throw down with some old-school-inspired style you’re going to love. The ‘90s Riot collection is full of looks that will add major ‘90s vibes to your outfit of the day – from flannel shirts to destroyed denim and bold animal prints to military-inspired details – so you can rock the look you want, when you want it. Shop specially curated looks or pick and choose your favorite pieces to create your own take on ‘90s-grunge-inspired style. Either way, you can take what we make and make it yours with AE Studio.




Why we love the ‘90s

What’s NOT to love about ‘90s style? During that magical decade, you could easily put together outfits that were both on-trend and also comfortable and freeing at the same time. If you wanted to give your favorite dress a little more edge, you’d just wear it over your American Eagle jeans. Boom, done.




Whether you’re looking to refresh your style with something new or simply revisit some of your favorite trends of the past, there’s probably something you’ll love in the latest AE Studio collection. Inspired by the runway and our favorite ‘90s fashion icons, it goes beyond typical grunge style with feminine touches like printed dresses, flowy silhouettes, classic babydoll shirts, and even a little bit of glam.




Mix and match crop tops with your light wash jeans and biker shorts for a totally ‘90s vibe, or rock your band t-shirts with a floral skirt for a contrasting look at your next concert. Want to show up to your next date with a bangin’ outfit that just won’t quit? Try a satin jumpsuit with your fave leopard-print sneakers. Show off your laid-back grunge side with a mesh top and cargo pants for a look that’s always on-trend. And don’t shy away from the bold side of ‘90s clothing either – maybe a slip dress featuring snake skin printed fabric to add some wild style to your outfit of the day? Round out these ‘90s looks with your go-to boots, flannel shirts, denim jackets, and other outfit finishers to complete the grunge style your way. No matter what your favorite things are about the ‘90s, you can elevate your throwback looks with this collection.

Never heard of AE Studio? No worries, we gotchu. AE Studio is a monthly collection designed to outfit you with the latest fashion trends, style inspiration and looks we’re into. Specially curated to update your look with the latest and greatest color and design trends, AE Studio is a fun way to hit the “reset” button on your style whenever you want. Shop the full AE Studio collection and upgrade your style monthly.




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