Devin Brugman is an American model, businesswoman, and fashion/lifestyle blogger. Since Devin went viral on social media, she has leveraged her large following to build a booming swimwear business, and earn good money while at it.
Early Life, Family, Educational Background
Devin Brugman was born on 26 December 1990 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn, in Oakland, California USA, to American parents. She has mixed ancestry, with German, Spanish, and Irish traces, but holds American nationality. When Devin was four years old, she relocated with her family to Maui, Hawaii, where she spent most of her formative years. Her mother was a model in the ‘70s, and her parents were also business partners.
Devin inherited her love for modeling from her mother, and was inspired by how her parents handled their business partnership. Thus, she studied a Business Major at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles.
During her college days, Devin worked for Swedish clothing company WeSC, where she learned the basics of the retail industry and the importance of customer service.
Devin Brugman and Natasha Oakley had the inspiration to start ‘A Bikini A Day’ during a shooting session with bikini models on the beaches of Southern California, for Natasha’s production company in Los Angeles.
Still, the duo enjoyed the shoot so much that they took photos of each other in their favorite bikinis. A few days later, they rounded up the bikinis they each owned, about 30 sets each, went down to the beach and posed in all of them.
The duo launched the ‘A Bikini A Day’ campaign on Instagram in 2012, and within two months, they started to receive promotional offers. They built a website, and incorporated lifestyle and beach beauty blogging in 2013 to transform the campaign into a full-blown business. They have since collaborated with brands such as Tory Burch, Vix Swimwear, Harper’s Bazaar, GUESS, and smaller brands from Brazil and Australia.
The inspiration behind ‘A Bikini A Day’ was their shared passion for photography, swimsuits, and travel. The partners are known to their followers as ‘Tasha and Dev’, and they have over 500,000 fans on their joint Instagram account (@abikiniaday).
Devin and Natalie also partnered to create Monday Swimwear, an inclusive bikini line made in various colors and sizes for every skin tone and body size. Their business name was inspired by the belief that ‘wearing a bikini makes the day better- even if that day is Monday!’ In May 2017, Monday Swimwear was named by the Evening Standard as one of the seven best US swimwear brands for women.
Monday Active was launched in 2016; in an interview with Forbes, Devin called it ‘the sister company to Monday Swimwear, as it’s an activewear line, dedicated to making people feel motivated during a workout.’
Speaking to Esquire on what her partnership with Oakley is like, Brugman said, ‘it really is a dream come true– being able to work with your best friend.’
On 13 November 2012, Brugman and Oakley created a joint YouTube channel after their names, ‘Natasha and Devin,’ to show fans behind the scenes of their glamorous lives, and how they’ve managed to make it work. The channel didn’t take off immediately after it was created, as the duo only posted their first YouTube video on 1 January 2014, captioned “2014 A Bikini A Day Calendar Teaser”; the video has been viewed almost 27,000 times since then.
Other videos followed in subsequent years. Some of which are; “A Bikini A Day Exclusive Look At Camilla Swimwear FT Natasha Oakley” also in 2014, “Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman Talk Fitness Oakley!” and “The A Bikini A Day #BodyLove Series” both in 2016, and “A Tash and Dev Kind of Life: We Go To Fiji To Shoot Monday Swimwear Campaign” (2017).
The duo uploaded videos on their channel every few months, and later at longer intervals. Their last video, “A Tash & Dev Kind of Life: Kauai Photoshoot”, was uploaded on 2 October 2017.
With only 13 videos, Devin Brugman and Oakley have accumulate 14,700 subscribers and almost 500,0 total views. However, Devin’s hiatus on the ‘Natasha and Devin’ channel was not the end of her career as a YouTuber, as she’s collaborated with some YouTube-based fashion and skincare brands.
In 2020, she was first featured in Revolve’s YouTube video, “Devin Brugman’s Nighttime Skincare Routine|Good In Bed”. Subsequently, she appeared in “Devin Brugman’s Favorite Summer Outfits| What I Wear In a Week” also in 2020, “Top 10 Beauty Picks With Devin Brugman” and “3 Trendy Winter Looks With Devin Brugman|Style Challenge” both in 2021.
She has also appeared on the Harper’s Bazaar channel, featuring in videos such as “A Bikini A Day Takes Manhattan” (2016), and “Devin Brugman’s Nighttime Skincare Routine| Go To Bed With Me” in 2019).
Social Media Personality
As Devin’s fame on social media grew, she collaborated with various famous brands, promoting their products for a fee, including Odacité, Third Love, Revolve, and Tan-Luxe, among others.
She is one of Instagram’s most popular influencers with 1.3 million followers (@devinbrugman).
Personal Life, Relationship
Devin’s relationship with Natasha Oakley isn’t just professional- the duo goes way back. They met in Maui, Hawaii, in 2009 and clicked instantly.
She shares a close bond with her parents too, and refers to them as her biggest role models.
Devin is a private person when it comes to her romantic relationships. She started dating Daniel Yaro in 2016, and they’re still going strong. She sneakily announced their engagement on 18 October 2021, with the caption ‘pasta forever’ and a short clip of her ring.
She lives in Los Angeles with her fiance and her dog, Walter.
Appearance, Clothing Style
Devin Brugman is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 14lbs (64kgs). She has long black hair and brown eyes. Devin loves wearing sexy dresses, bikinis and tight tops, as well as plain jeans.
Hobbies, Favorite Things, and Interesting Facts
- Devin Brugman loves traveling.
- Her favorite form of relaxation is spending a long day at the beach.
- Devin’s diet is dependent on the city she’s in.
- Her favorite holiday destination is Monaco.
- She and Natasha prefer HIIT workouts to stay in shape.
- Devin’s celebrity crush is the American actor James Franco.
Net Worth and Salary
As of late 2021, Devin Brugman has an estimated net worth of close to $1 million. Details of property owned by the 30-year old model are undisclosed at this time.