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For Back to School, Journeys collaborated with four unique influencers from around the country that live life with an attitude that celebrates self-expression. Check out their stories and look for their photos in our catalog, on social and in stores. To learn more, read their bio below.

Tia Valentine
Tezera Mengestu
Luke Foushee
Brendy Vasquez

Tia Valentine

Tia Valentine

@Tortillaa

Tia Valentine, or familiarly known as Tortillaa online, has reached over a million followers throughout social media platforms by capturing moments of her daily life. Tia began her journey by posting artsy videos to the Vine app, where she became a popular personality reaching over 1 million followers in December 2014. Tia’s posts demonstrate her passion for fashion, beauty, and friendship and have generated over 220,000 followers on Instagram.

Tez Mengestu

Tez Mengestu

@Tez

Born in Washington DC, the 20-year-old has established himself across multiple social media networks as a model and radio personality and started his social media journey on Twitter and Instagram. Tez is admired for relating to his fans by posting about anything and everything from cars, fashion, and humorous short clips and now has a following of nearly 400,000 followers. In the future, Tez hopes to take up an acting career in Hollywood.

Luke Foushee

Luke Foushee

@lukefoushee

17-year-old Luke Foushee from North Carolina became known for his Vine video “Walk up in the club like….” and collaborating with his older brother, Jake Foushee. Together, they have a following of over 240,000 followers on Vine before the app was shut down. Today, Luke continues to post videos and photographs to Instagram, where he has over 130,000 followers. In 2014, Luke joined the Sunsation Tour with several other social media stars.

Brendy Vasquez

Brendy Vasquez

@brendyv

Now living in Nashville, Brendy was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Houston, TX where she started her career with Journeys. She joined the company while living in Texas as a Co-Manager in 2010, became a Store Manager in 2012, and is now a Merchandiser for the Women's Fashion Team at the Journeys Corporate Office in Nashville, TN. Brendy's hobbies include traveling, thrifting, and being spontaneous. She's an avid collector of lapel pins, unique street wear pieces, and artwork from up and coming artists. She uses IG to document her travels, natural art she sees in the real world, and the people that matter most to her. After 7 years of working at Journeys, her favorite part of this company is, hands down, the relationships she has made along the way.