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Conversations with Dev Xavier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dev Xavier.

Hi Dev, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Dev Xavier? You would say who is he, well… It’s been a wild ride, I grew up in Inglewood in an area that was unsafe and as an escape as a child, I played football and basketball on different sports teams since I wasn’t able to play outside due to the environment.

Then at 11, my mom decided to relocate to Alhambra where my life changed. When we moved, this forced my outlook on life to shift. I was one of the only black students at my school, so I always felt different from the others. Modeling came easy because my mom and dad modeled. My dad took his modeling career all the way to Japan where my mom stayed in the USA.

Then, I decided to submit for representation at a dozen agencies, and boom I was signed. Adidas came right after working with me regularly and then I was asked to do the Ivy Park Campaign. I have always had a love for basketball from a young age and always decided going PRO was the goal NBA.

I went on to play basketball at a prep school and I intended to go to a D1 college, but that’s where things changed.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My stepfather passed away, which put basketball on pause as our family went through a grieving period.

I then turned the pain into passion. Not always having the resources or the financial support for basketball, modeling, and acting has been a challenge, but it has also been a motivation to keep striving forward.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am most known for working with Adidas in their Halls of Ivy December 2021 Campaign as a model.

I also work regularly as one of Adidas’ fit models. My work ethic sets me aside from others in basketball and entertainment. I like to say nobody can outwork me. I am my own competition in my life.

What’s next?
My plans for the future are to work on a feature film, do worldwide commercials, some more runway shows going international, huge designer print campaigns, and lastly but most importantly get into the NBA.

My life is in the most pivotal part right now.

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Image Credits
Argel Rojo, Steph Paul, Criss Davis, and Dev Xavier

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