#ModelLife!

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Lauren Johnson is kiiiind of the ideal athlete-turned-model. This former high school track and field star radiates fit and healthy living from every beautiful freckle on her face! From representing some of the most in-demand fitness brands to her down time training for half marathons with her hunky personal trainer (a.k.a boyfriend) Kyle, Lauren clearly knows a thing or two about great lifestyle habits. Naturally, we thought you’d appreciate a little inspirational insight into how she stays looking and feeling so happy and healthy. Get a pen and paper ready ladies, you’re definitely going to want to take some of this down!

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  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Weight Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kickball
  • Cycling
  • Boxing
  • Dance

 

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 Why is fitness important to you?

Aside from the obvious health benefits of being active on a regular basis, it is a stress reliever, and extreme mood booster.  It’s been a way to connect to other individuals through the love of living an active, healthy lifestyle.  You feel productive while you are bonding with others.

Did you play sports in school?

I played basketball, track and field (hurdles, 4×100, 100m dash and 200m dash), and after high school, was on a kickball team for a little bit.

What’s the secret to your amazing body?

Of course keeping up with an active weekly plan is important, as well as eating lots of veggies and fruits, but I honestly believe that having a good balance of what society considers “ no to treats and sweets” is important as well.  This may be a stretch for some people, but for me being happy is the first step to having an amazing body and mind.

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Are there any workouts you’re dying to try?

I haven’t tried the barre classes that everyone is in love with, and I have definitely been curious to try!

Do you see a difference in your mood when you don’t get to the gym?

Yes! Not just the gym, but any outdoor activity.  I don’t need to workout everyday, nor do I think it is the best for your body, but when I don’t keep up with my typical activity level, I feel sluggish.

You don’t believe in diets. Why not?

I think there needs to be balance, but I feel that diets are usually short term, and lifestyle eating is well, for life 🙂 I lifestyle eat, not diet. Ya feel me?

 

What’s in your fridge right now?

Tons of berries, pomegranate seeds, apples, almond milk, chocolate cashew milk, spinach, red/green peppers, broccoli, carrots, hummus, salsa, greek yogurt, chia seeds, quinoa chocolate bars, homemade bread, homemade chocolate raspberry mousse, hamburger buns, nut butters of all kinds, and basically every condiment!

 

What’s one fitness move should every woman know?

Sumo squat with weights –  I love it because it can zip up your booty, abs, inner thighs, and hamstrings.  Other variations can also tone your calves, and arms.  Also, the happy baby stretch! I know its not a “fitness” move, but it is a great hip opener and feels great after a run!

What’s your best confidence-boosting trick?

I take my lipstick and write on the mirror loving quotes or words.  My mom does this at home, and it is such a sweet reminder that lipstick is used mainly to enhance beauty, but using it to enhance inner beauty is so much cooler to me.

What songs are on your iPod?

I actually trained myself not to listen to music when I workout.  I use my inner thoughts and dialogue to keep me going, plus I’ve learned to do some critical thinking. Outside of workouts, I love anything old school, Al Green, James Brown, funky town music!

 

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Summer may be over, but that’s certainly no reason not to keep our fitness routines going all the way through the colder months (especially if you live someplace that’s warm year round, like us).  Enter: Jessica Serfaty. Fashion model, comedienne, musician, dancer, and most importantly, your new never-ending source of serious #fitlife inspo. In the hopes of keeping you on your fitness A-game (we’ve got your back), we got up close and personal with Jessica to get to know exactly how she does it all.  To stay up to date on Jessica’s adventures, join her army of fans by following @JessicaSerfaty on Instagram, Vine and Snapchat.

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  • Yoga
  • Hip Hop
  • Surfing
  • Bouldering
  • Racket Ball
  • Long Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowboarding

 

q&a

Do you describe yourself as a morning person?

Truthfully, diet and exercise is a leading factor as to if I wake up at 6 or wake up at 9. When I am in a healthy routine, mornings come with ease and pleasure. I require no coffee to become sentient. I spring out of bed and I’m ready to interact with other humans.

What do you do to prepare for a job?

It differs from job to job. For fitness and swim shoots, the day before my diet will be strict and I’ll do a bit more cardio than usual. Fish, fruits and greens.

How about preparing for a work out?

I take a pre-work out powder to get pumped before some hearty gym time. Keeps me fueled.

Best Breakfast:

I have my favorite gluten free toast and I use a little coconut oil in a skillet to crisp the edges of my bread. I fry up an egg with fresh garlic and Himalayan sea salt. Sauté some baby spinach. Add a little pesto and avocado to top it all off. Vavoom. You have yourself a hearty meal that will keep your energy levels up but won’t make you feel bloated.

Favorite Recovery Food:

100% Protein shake. Preferably with peanut butter and a banana, thank you. More protein and the banana helps to not cramp after your workout and stretches.

You mentioned that you do dance workouts. What are the body benefits?

I love dancing. I dance at home, on set, even at the grocery store. I have only been taking classes for about 2 years and I can say it’s by far my favorite way to burn calories. It’s such a great cardio and it targets most muscles. My abs, legs and arms are sore the next day.

What’s your go-to fitness look?

Tight shorts and a old cut up rock t-shirt. That’s if I’m planning on going pretty hard. For a lighter workout I’ll wear some cute pattern yoga pants and a fun sports bra. I’m sweet and sour so I have to get both sides out.

What’s your favorite music to listen to for motivation?

Anything heavy, whether it be rock or old school rap. I like to run to songs that lyrically line up with what I’m doing. So if it’s a song that makes that person feel like they are a “boss” or a song that refers to strength I find that it genuinely helps push me. I’ll stretch to a comedy podcast by Tosh.0 or an audio book.

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3 Healthy Habits that you absolutely swear by:

Limu Seaweed – Its a liquid nutrition powered by a super-nutrient called Fucoidan. It helps with your immunity, joints, energy level, softer smoother skin and allergy relief.

The power of water. It is real. I drink AT LEAST half a gallon a day. On a good day I’ll get my whole gallon in. The trick to accomplishing this is to always drink out of a 1.5 liter bottle and don’t leave it in the fridge. It’s too hard to keep going back for small glasses or bottles. Not to mention keeping up with how many you have had. When you do a 1.5 liter you know It’s 2 bottles plus some. Done.

Power of mind. It’s incredible how mentally strong we can be when we put it into practice. Choosing to be happy and positive is a real thing people. When you start to feel tired or unmotivated RECOGNIZE that as a decision you made, and test out the waters of mind over matter.

What do you do to relax?

Breathing techniques. Release tension in your jaw. Take a 20 min power nap. Be in nature. Journal.

Words of advice for anyone who wants to get fit:

Make it easy for yourself. Preparation is the key to success. Know the importance of sleep, water, pre-work out powders, protein after workouts, eating healthy and most of all, consistency.

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 Take a look at Jessica’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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See Nous Models’ Bridget live the SoCal dream.

Have you ever been star struck?
For my 12th birthday, I went to my first concert fourth row center stage for Jesse McCartney. Katy Perry opened for him and it was one of the best nights for me as a little girl! I had the biggest crush on him! Plus, the security let me move to the first row and we made eye contact.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever had to wear for a shoot?
So far I haven’t had to shoot with something too crazy, but the weirdest thing I’ve ever had to wear at a shoot was probably fern fronds around my neck.

What’s the band you’re dying to join?
The band I thought would be fun to be a part of is A Tribe Called Quest. I listen to a lot of solo artists but if I had to chose a group they’d be my favorite. They have an original rap sound that draws me to their music.

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How did your career as a model begin? Were you scouted or attend an open call?

I was actually scouted at a One Direction concert in Pasadena last year.

How do you maintain that gorgeous mane? Do you do conditioning treatments or use special products for curly hair?

I use conditioner in my hair everyday in the shower, and then I put on Leave In Conditioner from Neutrogena right before I go to bed.

Do you ever flat iron your hair? Do you prefer your hair curly or straight?

If I have time, I sometimes flat iron my hair. I do prefer it straight because it is easier to brush out, which makes a HUGE difference with long hair. I do like how my wavy hair looks when it’s brushed out though.

 

What are your top 5 must have skincare/makeup products?

My top 5 skincare/makeup products are my Actifirm face wash, moisturizer, Z-Peel, my Sephora Collection liquid eyeliner, and clear mascara for keeping my eyebrows in place.

How do you stay fit? Do you follow a specific diet?

I’ve been dancing for over 11 years, and I dance five days a week after school. I’ve never felt the need to follow a specific diet since I love food. I tend to eat more during dinner after dancing, so that I don’t dance on a full stomach.

Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?

Some of my favorite designers are Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton because I like how they have a classic, yet modern vibe to their pieces.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in your career?

My most memorable experience in my career was when I did a shoot at the LINE Hotel in LA with another girl from Nous named Lyzy. The hotel was a really fun place to shoot at because it had a modern, yet urban look to it, which I loved since I like traditional modern architecture.

Who are some photographers you are dying to work with?

I actually don’t have any photographers in particular in mind, because each photographer I’ve worked with has their own unique style. However, some of my favorite photographers I’ve worked with so far are Eddie Chacon, David Lim, Farhad Samari, Ed McGowan, and David Choi.

Describe your personal style. Do you like to dress up or down?

For the most part my style is usually casual, yet put together, and has a classic vibe to it. Some of my favorite pieces to wear are some of my matching sets and high wasted pieces.

What advice do you have for someone interested in pursuing a modeling career?

This might sound cheesy but never give up on your dreams! You will get rejected a lot, but it will pay off in the end if you work hard and keep an open mind. In addition, be sure to advocate for yourself.

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Take a look at Grace’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Tell us how you got your start in the fashion industry?

My mom entered me in a local modeling contest when I was younger. I was scouted by agents there from a local agency who placed me with a bigger agency.

Describe your personal style. Do you prefer heels or flats?

I would say my style is Free People meets Zara. I love boho but with a little edge. Little heeled booties are the perfect mix between high heels and flats, so comfy but they still give you that extra little height!

What are your thoughts on photo retouching?

You know, I think like anything in life photoshop wouldn’t be so bad if it was in moderation!  It could be a great tool to save time and do fun stuff with color editing and filtering but it when people take it too far and completely recreate unrealistic faces and bodies and pass it off as normal, that bothers me.

Who are some of your fashion/beauty icons? Who inspires you?

My favorite models are Natalia Vodianova and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley because they are so effortless with their style but still aspirational.  However, now with so many amazing bloggers and Pinterest and Instagram I think it’s hard to say I have just one fashion icon. With social media there is style inspiration everywhere, so that’s usually where I go to get inspired.  Social media has created a way for anyone to become a fashion inspiration!

How do you maintain such long and healthy hair? Do you ever do keratin treatments or other conditioning masks?

Hair is my thing! I always joke I would be notthiiinngg without my hair! I use Oribe shampoo and conditioner and Moroccan Oil hairspray, it keeps my hair smelling so good and It feels like a dream! I also think most hair damage comes from bad colorists or over using hot tools on your hair. You gotta protect it because once it’s damaged, it’s so hard to get back to a good place!

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened during a shoot and what has been the most rewarding experience so far in your career?

My most embarrassing fashion moment was when I walked into a glass door as I was walking in to meet the client.  Full on face squished against the glass; everyone behind me saw it and every one on the other side of the glass saw too. It was hard to recover (especially because I really thought I broke my nose)… Oops!

My most rewarding experiences in the industry have been all the beautiful places I have gotten to see… From exotic beaches, to Europe, to snow in Portland in August!  100 percent the most amazing feeling is when you get to go to work in places that take your breath away you feel #blessed! Meeting people from all over the world and different walks of life is also something I never want to take for granted.  People are so amazing with so much to share, especially in a creative industry. I get to meet new ones everyday and that is a beautiful thing.

What beauty/skincare products can you not live without?

Skin care is pretty much all Kiehl’s.  I’ve tried other things but I always go back.  Especially their skin brightening scrub and daily moisturizer!  For beauty products, I use Armani mascara and Nars Glo foundation.

How do you stay fit? Do you do cardio, lunges, squats, etc.. Do you follow a specific diet?

I do yoga sculpt, which is hot yoga with weights!  I have done a lot of exersize classes and hands down I have to say I have never seen results like I do with sculpt!   The combination of weights and the stretching aspects makes such nice long lean muscles and you sweat out all the extra water weight! Since I live in LA I have to add hiking to my routine!  It’s so nice to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city!  Diet wise, I do your basic clean eating stuff. Salads, fruits, veggies, lean protein (I know, it’s boring) and then one day a week I let myself have whatever I want. Having a cheat day at the end of my week keeps me going strong or otherwise I would feel so deprived!

What advice do you have for aspiring models who are seeking representation with an agency?

My advice is to be natural!  Agents want to see you as you are, not with loads of makeup.  Wear something simple, body conscious, and not too distracting.

I know the feeling of wanting to get all dolled up, but it isn’t what they are looking for. You will get all that on your photo shoots, I promise.  Lastly, be kind to yourself!  Not everyone is cut out for modeling, based off of things you might not have control over, but that does not mean it is based off of whether you are beautiful or not.

Agents are looking for other things that don’t have to do with being the most beautiful girl, such as height, face angles, marketability, photogenic range… Basically things you are more or less born with.   There is a range of modeling from high fashion to commercial print so try and find your niche and that is where you will be the most successful.

 

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Take a look at Britt’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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“Having the opportunity to live and work in Thailand for three months was absolutely one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. It was a little scary at first because I really had no idea what to expect, but that is also what made the trip so amazing!

I arrived in Bangkok at around 11pm and was greeted at the airport by one of my agents. I am still so grateful for that because after my 16hr flight, I was exhausted. We went straight to the model apartment, I got the chance to meet all of my housemates and then I was off to bed.

The next morning I was already off to my first casting so I didn’t have much time to settle in or buy groceries. It was so perfect because literally as soon as I walked down our street to the main road there was so much food! I mean, street vendors everywhere selling pretty much anything you can think of for super cheap. Definitely one of my favorite things about Thailand… the food! I was hungry and wanted to grab a quick breakfast before my casting. It was so nice to be able to have fresh coconut water and a little bag of mixed fruit for less than $1!

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The castings in Bangkok are also a lot different than L.A. They do your hair and makeup at each casting, so sometimes it can end up taking anywhere from 1-7 hours (I was at a casting for 7 hours one time; it was crazy!). After my first casting I decided to explore a little. I was beyond excited to be in such a beautiful and tropical place. Another wonderful little thing about Bangkok is the transportation. It is so easy and inexpensive to get around. The majority of the time I would take a motorbike taxi because they are so fun, cheap and you never have to sit in traffic.

Whenever the housemates and I had some free time we would try and go to as many markets as we could because there are so many all over the city. One of my favorites was the night market. There was so much good food, vintage clothing, jewelry, live music and the atmosphere was just really cool.

Bangkok is such an amazing city full of life and culture. It is crazy but beautiful and hard not to fall in love with. The best mornings were the ones I would spend on the balcony at the model apartment…it was my lovely little sanctuary before a long day at work or castings.

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The first job I booked was a wedding shoot. There was such a fun team and we got to shoot at the beautiful Amari Hotel. This was my favorite dress, I loved how long the train was. Guests that were staying at the hotel kept congratulating the ‘groom’ and I, we thought it was pretty funny and after a while we would just smile and say thank you.

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During my last week in Thailand I took a little two-day trip to this little island called Ko Samet. This was absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The beaches all had white sand, the water was crystal clear and it was pretty much heaven on earth.

Buying my breakfast from this nice man before a long day of swimming and adventuring around the island! Being at the beach was so nice and definitely the perfect end to my trip. I fell in love with everything! The people, the food, the language and the beauty in nature everywhere…I can’t wait to go back someday!”

Take a look at Wasé’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Real friends. Real laughs. Real strong. Real love. Real now. #BackToREAL

You still have a couple months to soak up the summer sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in gear for Back To School! This year, our collection is all about heading back to real life. Whether reality for you is a heavy course load next semester or coming back from vacation and returning to the rise and grind of a 40-hour work week, one thing’s for sure. We’ll get you up and running and back to reality in no time.

Take a behind-the-scenes look below at our Back To School photoshoot featuring so many new faves from the collection!

Real cozy. We shot Back To School at the dreamiest NYC loft.

Real style! Aerie girls @SakurahHeffron and @CourtneyJamesCJ and our Stylist @ErinCRittling on location.

Real views. This roof made for some our fave shots!

Real smiles. Hi from @Sakuraheffron and @iamiskra!

Real city. This collection is in a New York state of mind.

 Shop your favorite looks online now! Mark your calendars, these pieces will be at your local Aerie store on 7.7.

Take a look at Sakara’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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It might seem like everyone around you is coming down with a cold- so it might seem like a better idea to stay home and watch House of Cards for the rest of your life. That sounds lovely. If you figure out a way to do that, let me know. In the mean time, I have a homemade herbal remedy that will boost your immune system and help fight off germs. Behold – the Fire Cider. This tangy tincture includes garlic, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, turmeric and apple cider. All the ingredients, finely chopped and combined in a mason jar, stand and ferment for about two weeks. The strained liquid is called Fire Cider. It is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics as well as an anti-fungal and anti-viral remedy.

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A couple of words about the natural properties of the ingredients:

Apple Cider – a good source of vitamin C and acetic acid. It contains mineral salts, amino acids, helps with digestion and washes out toxins. (If you read my Bone Broth recipe, you know the importance of using apple cider to draw out nutrients from other foods).

Garlic – treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fungal infections, and helps regulate blood sugar. It is also great for boosting the immune system.

Onion – an anti-inflammatory and beneficial to cardiovascular health.

Hot Peppers – anti irritant properties. They can help digestion, ease allergies, prevent migraines and speed up metabolism.

Ginger – reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation, and inhibits rhinovirus – which causes the common cold. It also benefits the intestinal tract and may prevent stomach ulcers.

Horseradish – has antibiotic properties, helps relieve symptoms of water retention, and treats sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis.

Turmeric Powder – boosts immunity, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, puts the brakes on aging, is anti-inflammatory, and has beneficial effects on arthritis, allergies, asthma and even cancer.

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Now the taste of Fire Cider may at first be surprising. It has a strong kick to it and the first unsuspecting spoonful made my eyes water. Personally, I happen to love the apple cider vinegar taste and the potency makes it seem like the germs and bacteria are burning away. Start with a tablespoon a day, and slowly work your way up to a small 1 oz shot. Take once daily as a prophylactic and immune strengthening aid. Increase intake slightly if you are actually under the weather, but remember to still work your way up to the full dose. Bottoms up!!

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Recipe:

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¼ cup finely chopped garlic

½ finely chopped onion

¼ cup grated ginger

¼ cup grated horseradish

2 fresh hot peppers (habanera, or cayenne work well)

2 tbsp turmeric powder

Preparation:

 IMG_34021. Combine and mix all ingredients (except for vinegar) in a bowl.

2. Transfer the ingredients into a Mason jar, and add apple cider vinegar.

3. Place a piece of parchment paper over the jar, before placing the lid on. This will prevent rusting.

4. Shake vigorously.

5. Place the jar in a cool place, and let stand for at least 2 weeks. Make sure to give it a good shake a few times a day.

6. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid using a metal strain.

7. Refrigerate in an airtight container. The tonic will last for up to 6 months.

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Don’t envision yourself cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with your hair blowing in the wind anytime soon? Not to worry: all your West Coast desires will be fulfilled when you watch this adorably awesome video starring Faith Picozzi and her boyfriend Filip, shot and directed by photographer extraordinaire John Huba. Based in New York and repped by Elyse Connolly, John recently escaped the East Coast chill to warm up by shooting alongside the California coast, and we really can’t blame him. Watch as the real life couple drive down the coastline with the top down in a convertible Mini Cooper, frolic along Venice Beach trying on heart-shaped sunnies, and eat sweet potato french fries by the beach – all while the sweet, melodic voices of The Everly Brothers’s “I Kissed You” play in the background. (Swoon). Just a forewarning, though, we’re already experiencing major FOMO – and we actually live in LA.

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Davia Gomez, Hurley, Swimwear, Swimsuits, Bikini, Athletic Wear, Workout Gear, Nous Models, Nous Model Management

On a sunny SoCal day, Davia Gomez visited Nous Models HQ to talk all things Hurley. Dressed in a short Forever 21 frock and adorable booties, the average passerby might be surprised to discover that this seemingly girly-girl is the face of Hurley, a household name among surfers and skateboarders. But as any good story begins, there’s more than meets the eye. Find out how this brand became one of her favorites as Davia spills the deets on why she loves Hurley.

“They are like family,” she says of the Costa Mesa-based brand. A born-and-raised California girl herself, Davia’s father was one of the original founders of Hurley (NBD), and her brother and boyfriend now also call it home. “Both of them work there!” she exclaims with a smile on her face as she describes a typical visit to Hurley offices. “Everyone is so laid back, kind, and down-to-earth. My boss, Riana, is like a sister to me.” On set, Davia says she feels just as much love. “The photographer is really cool, he’s so fun to shoot with,” she shares of the talented Derek Bahn, whose resume is chock-full of mega beach babes – we’re only fangirling a little. Promise.

Thanks in part to that homey-vibe, it’s easy to tell that Davia has a deep connection to Hurley. Starting at a young age with the Hurley Girls line, Davia has literally grown up in and around Hurley, eventually moving on to active wear and finally swim. In addition to getting first picks on some of the best new bikinis, Davia has an insider’s knowledge on the clothing itself. “Everything is really well-made. They use such great material.” One of Davia’s favorite picks: this leather jacket, which we immediately envisioned ourselves adventuring around town in. As for the scoop on swimwear, Davia says the options are endless (which is good news for your spring break packing list. Just saying. We don’t believe in coincidences.)

We could talk clothes for hours, naturally, but when asked how she would describe Hurley in one word, Davia chose the word creative. “They have an amazingly talented team.” She raves about the Hurley Women’s clothing designers Tanya and Natasha, who help style Davia on shoots. Davia also believes Hurley is ahead of the activewear game when it comes to art and photography. We even learned that the brand was recently featured in Japanese Vogue, and that’s something few active lines can say they’ve accomplished.

Davia was literally born to be the face of Hurley, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for their future. In the mean time, you’ll find Davia traveling along the California coastline going to and from Hurley events and being a part of the brand that she loves and has become her family. It’s nice to see that the ultimate beach babe keeps her feet on the ground – or in this case, the sand.

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