Dree Pierre | Model | Owner | Reigning Rebel
Describe yourself using three adjectives.
Ambitious, transparent, and brave
Did fashion and modeling find you or did you seek it out yourself?
Now that I think about it, fashion has always been a part of my life. I’ve always knew what I wanted at a very young age; from the newest Sean John fit in the early 2000's, to the latest Louis Vuitton boat shoes. My main reason for modeling was to do what people didn't expect for me to do. I’m 6’5, which put me in the box to play basketball. Basketball was something I enjoyed at the time, but people from everywhere I went began to tarnish my view of enjoyment that I had when I did play. It went from being fun to serious very quickly.
I started modeling when I was 18. It wasn’t an easy road in the beginning. People didn’t want to work with me because I was a pursuing model and they didn’t have any photos to see what I was capable of. So, I used my senior pictures as modeling pictures to connect with various photographers and my portfolio grew from there. I had some amazing experiences and lessons while doing it, but I stopped modeling years ago. People think I still model due to the pictures I take, but I lost interest in it overtime.
Explain the changes you experienced once you started traveling around the world.
I grew up in Detroit, so the overall mindset of its residents is survival and doing what the next person is doing. Your mind is also fixated on things within the proximity of where you live. Gratefully, I was able to travel at a young age, so I didn’t get sucked into that behavior, but I was not as open-minded and free as I am now. As I’ve traveled to countries all over the world, I’m now able to experience things from a local perspective. I do some activities as a tourist, but I also like to be immersed in the culture. I try to compare the different perspectives of those in the country I’m visiting to my own and see the differences. This could include my likes and dislikes for certain thing. Traveling alone specifically has allowed me to not become scared when it's time to seek out opportunities that can be lucrative long-term. I have also connected with myself internally more after traveling domestically and internationally.
How did your sense of style change through traveling?
Honestly, my sense of style didn’t really change from traveling. I enjoy themes and concepts and that’s how I dress. When I style myself or others, I get a vision based on a color, culture, season, or even different occupations. I take inspiration from anything and apply it to how I dress.
How did you come up with your clothing line, Reigning Rebel and then later, the philanthropic aspects of your work?
Back in 2014 there was a lot of police brutality going on. I felt so connected to it because it hit close to home. I am a black man in America and I could be next person on the news. Specifically, the Mike Brown and Ferguson situation inspired my brand. I initially wanted to do a photo-shoot, which I did, then I kept having these visions of my logo which symbolizes black people, (specifically generation y and millennials) to embrace where they come from which is royalty. Hence, that’s why is a pharaoh on one side and a modern-day woman on the other side of my logo (correlation the past and present.) It was supposed to be my logo for my brand, (which was going to be a video blog and I was going to have shirts and other products to be for purchase if people wanted to buy them,) but t-shirts as a business was and still is an over-saturated market so I frowned upon it. The clothing honestly took a life of its own. People began buying them before I even had a site up and would always ask me to sell them, so I gave the people what they wanted. As of now, I’m using it to get my fashion inspirations out, but I will be focusing more on the philanthropic aspect which is the goal. I already give food to the homeless, but I’ll be teaching life skills to high school students and investing more into our youth as well. Positive reinforcement is a must today.
What’s the overall goal for the brand of Andre Pierre?
I just want people to see Andre Pierre as someone that is transparent and inspiring. I don’t follow crowds, but rather lead them. I want people to look at the things I do such as being at service for others, traveling, investing in my future, and much more as a blueprint. Currently, where social media trumps positivity, I want to make sure I do my part and make my mark in this world and in the lives of others as well.