#ModelLife!

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“I’ve been back in the US for about 3 weeks now, and oddly enough have a bit of a culture shock.

I had always wanted to travel for work, and had done so around the US, so when the opportunity came to spend a 8 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa I was all in. As my accommodations were being prepared and my flight was purchased, it was obvious that I was excited to venture off into a new territory, and create a name for myself outside of the US. But the closer it got to the day to leave, the more nervous I became. This would be the first time I leave the country alone. Once I arrived in Cape Town I found a hidden strength within myself that I feel we all have, to adapt and thrive in different environments. By the time I left I had made great friends from almost every continent, and had the opportunity to shoot in the most breathtaking locations.

While in Cape Town, I was most concerned about my safety and transportation. I was told before going to Cape Town that young women like myself, must always be aware of their surroundings because it is a city of theft and crime. Growing up I was taught this very thing and for the first 4 weeks I was very suspicious of everyone around me. About mid stay, I had credit card fraud, and had to close my card. I panicked a bit, I had little money to hold me over until my new card came, so I had to try really hard to live within my means. Despite my best efforts to keep all my personal information private, I was unsuccessful. It is important to remember that Cape Town is a city like any other and unfortunately, this could happen anywhere.

To my surprise, getting around Cape Town was very easy. Your options include taking the bus, taxi-bus, a regular taxi, and uber/personal driver. The main form of transportation many South Africans took were the white taxi-buses. It is almost always crowded, and not the most luxurious way to get around, but it’s convenient, and extremely inexpensive. At first I didn’t want to go anywhere alone, but within a few days I took my first taxi-bus ride into town alone, and it was empowering. I was on a continent where no one knew me, and it was beautifully terrifying. I eventually trusted every last minute trip or long distance ride to a super rad taxi driver I met down there named Frank.

 

Cape Town is more of a cosmopolitan city than I imagined. You may think that with 11 national languages you would find yourself lost in translation, but english is widely spoken around the city, and tourism is a cornerstone in their economy. During my stay there was constant construction and renovation, providing a vast amount of new jobs and services within the city. People think of Cape Town as a place to build your book and get amazing editorial work, which makes sense considering they’ve got their own Glamour, Oprah, Marie Claire, Cosmo & more. My agency welcomed me with open arms, they were so supportive, really pushing me with work and exploring the city. They were like a second family to me. I got the chance to shoot several editorials, and build my book, but they also have larger campaign opportunities and commercials that don’t get noticed enough, such as their Edgar’s and Woolworth’s department stores.

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Of course establishing yourself in a new market allows you some down time as well. I was eager to explore and be a tourist in this city, and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the time I had here. I went to Stellenbosch Vineyards, South Africa’s top wine producing area; I have never seen a more beautiful landscape. It was amazing to taste all the variations in wine, and because our tour guide shared with us the history of cape town, along with the extensive history of each vineyard we visited, the experience was unforgettable. I loved hiking the local mountains, and toughing it out during shark cage diving as well. Possibly the best thing about traveling here is how delicious and crazy inexpensive their food is, and being a vegetarian I was happily greeted with many options for all meals of the day.”

Take a look at Lauren’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

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First it was kale, then quinoa, now it’s all about the chia seeds! And here’s why: Chia seeds have long been used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for energy, hydration and their nutritional benefits. Chia seeds are naturally gluten free, contain calcium, omega 3, protein and antioxidants. They can absorb 12 times its weight in water, aiding in hydrations for athletes and us regular folk during the hotter months. Chia seeds are now being used as nutritional supplements, an aid in appetite and as energy boosters.

If you’ve never used chia seeds before, have no fear, here are 5 super fun ways to get started with this amazing super food.

 

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Put the seeds in some water, drain the water off and leave in a glass container for 2-3 days. Every 12 hours rinse with water, and drain the water off. After the seeds have sprouted, add them to your salad!

 

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  • 2tbs chia seeds (soaked previously, or straight out of the bag)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • handful of spinach
  • ½ cup of frozen berries ( I use blueberries or strawberries)

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

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  • 5 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute soy or coconut)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder a bit of natural sweetener such as honey or agave

Put the ingredients in a mason jar, mix thoroughly and leave in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. I like to try and mix the pudding every few hours to avoid the mixture clumping together. Eat for breakfast, or as a yummy desert!

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Just in time for upcoming fall holidays, here is a yummy gluten free, mineral and omega 3 packed Pumpkin desert, borrowed from purelytwins.com.

  • 1 medium ripe plantain (7oz or 200g once peeled)
  • 1 cup pumpkin (8oz)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (1 1/4oz)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (1oz), liquid

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl, whisk the ingredients. Next peel your plantain and puree in a food processor or blender. Once pureed add into dry ingredients bowl. Stir till all combined. Add in pumpkin puree and coconut oil. Batter will be a little thick. Grab your pan and scoop your batter into each hole. Or into your 8 inch pan.I lightly oiled my pan with coconut oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

 

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yRXjJzIEfvae2to5tnF5#CE6B00Don’t forget where it all started! Chia seeds have been used to grow funky pets for years, who knew all this natural mineral packed goodness was right under our noses… on top of a bald mans head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Polina’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

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We’re pretty sure you already know what this is, given that you haven’t been in hiding under a rock for the last week.  It’s the ALS #IceBucketChallenge!

We didn’t know too much about ALS before this crazy week of videos, but now that we do, we think you should too. ALS is an incurable and progressive neurodegenerative disease that eventually leads to total muscle paralysis.

Meet Pete Frates, creator of the challenge and a screen snap of the very first Ice Bucket Challenge Nomination.

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Pete was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and today he is experiencing full symptoms of the disease.  Just two years later, Pete has almost totally lost the use of his arms, legs and voice.

With a cute sense of humor playing “Ice Ice Baby” in the background, Pete thought up and nominated himself for a challenge he physically couldn’t complete and then challenged his friends and family to do what he could not in the name of raising awareness for this terrible affliction. The rest is viral social media history.

According to the ALS Association, HALF of the U.S. didn’t know what the disease is.  With everyone from Martha Stewart to Jimmy Fallon having done the challenge (in addition to your best friend, brother and 3rd grade teacher) we’re pretty sure the other half of America has caught on.

This time last year, donations to the ALS Association were just $22,000. This year in the same time frame, donations have been in the MILLIONS!  We think that’s a number worth a few minutes of intensely uncomfortable goose bumps.

Our girls Zeda Navarro, Alena Zubakina, Sakura Heffron, Cat HaaveWase Chief, Alexis Ren, Jocelyn Coe, Polina Frantsena, Allison Holton, Tylynn Nguyen, Cynthia Kirchner, Katy Kilcourse, Diane Murtha, Fo Porter, and the Ellis Sisters completed the challenge in their effort to #StrikeoutALS.  Watch all of their full videos on our YouTube channel.

We also want to take this opportunity to show our support to a member of the Nous family who has been affected by ALS.  We don’t want to single you out, but you know who you are.  We love and support you!

Here are some fun behind the scenes photos of the girls:

 

 

 

This was all good fun for a good cause, but sometimes actions really do speak louder than words.  We’ll be pledging a donation for every view of our Ice Bucket Challenge Video!  We invite you to step up to the challenge and donate here!

 

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We recently chatted with Jocelyn ( @jocelyncoe_ ) and her mother, Jennifer Coe, who was also a model! Now we know where Jocelyn gets her good looks from!

Nous Models: What made you want to model?

Jennifer Coe: A friend of my parents was friends with Nina Blanchard and he suggested I model.  My parents were not really informed about the modeling biz, but thought that it might be a good way to pay for college.  I worked in a retail clothing store during high school (at $1.65/hr!) and needed more $$ for college.

N: When did you start modeling, and how did you like it?

Jennifer: Nina Blanchard found me when I was in high school. She shared my photos with Eileen Ford, who invited me to live with her in New York the summer after graduation! It took a long time for me to find my niche…. Back to LA for school, NY in the summers. I booked a Breck shampoo commercial which was cut into 5 commercials, and could afford to stay long enough to find steady work in the catalogue side of the business.  I was with Ford for 21 years… a lot of very good times and happy memories!

N: Has the industry changed since then?

Jennifer: YES!  Trememdously—the internet is the most obvious change.  Portfolios online, clients online, and communications much faster.  We didn’t even have cell phones—I carried rolls of dimes and knew where every phone booth in town was!

N: How do you feel about Jocelyn’s career?

Jennifer: Mixed—I know how hard it can be.  Few careers require constant job interviews and rejection which at times can feel personal.  Sometimes it is hard to keep one’s spirits up when you are “judged”.  You learn every “flaw” you have physically, which can be a bit cumbersome. However, the opportunities to travel, meet so many different people, and make a good living at a young age are very rewarding.

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N: Jocelyn, did your mom influence you to become a model?

Jocelyn: Yes! She was a really good model. I look at her photos regularly for inspiration. She didn’t want me to go this way, but she knows how excited I am about it so she’s doing what she can to help me! I feel very lucky and proud to have ended up at Nous!

N: Jennifer, anything you’d like to say to Jocelyn and other young models?

Jennifer: I’d like to remind her that modeling is for young people, and that she will not always be young.  Remind her that modeling can be used to open doors—and she should  be aware of those openings.  Remind her to enjoy, but work hard and never stop learning—in school or out of it.  She will be her own boss and run her own business!

Wise words, indeed! 

 

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Weekend 1 of the 2014 Coachella festival has wrapped, and a few of our girls were front and center for it all. Alexis Ren, Monica Ollander (arriving by helicopter, no less), Brianna Gilchrist, Laura Harrier, and Cameron Richardson were just a few of the thousands of people that flocked to Indio, CA for the three day event. It was beyond awesome, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the dads, grandfathers and the other father figures in our lives. Read as our models share what they have planned for the special men in their lives. From plane trips, dinner dates, neat gifts, these girls have covered it all!

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“I like to keep it simple with my papa. He always want some quality time with his kids, so I make sure that I spend lots of time with him doing what he loves most. But I also try to shower him with his all time favorites. This fathers day, I managed to buy him a ticket to LA to visit me next month, and packaged a big box full of all his favorite workout attire, and all of his favorite goodies for him to enjoy!” – Lauren Johnson

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“This year he is getting a sampler package of cigars and season one of the Newsroom on DVD.” – Lisa Marlier

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“I’m planning on getting him this photo framed and sending him a gift card to a nice restaurant.” – Chebo

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“I bought my dad an ivory razor.” – Giza Lagarce

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“For Father’s Day I’ve decided I’m going to make my dad a pie from scratch (his fav) and I’m putting together a small scrapbook. He hates getting presents, so he actually planned a surprise for the rest of us.” – Kym Ellis

Whether you’re based in Los Angeles or not, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Runyon Canyon. According to their official site, “Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park smack dab in the heart of everything – a stone’s throw away from the historic Hollywood strip.” The park provides various hiking trails, scenic outlooks, free daily yoga classes and areas for meditating. Angelinos can often spot fitness instructors, celebrities and our models of course while hiking.


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  • Walk at your own pace. There are several hiking routes that vary in difficulty where some are more challenging than others. It’s important to recognize what works best for you then progress to the others. Continue on to Runyon Canyon‘s site to learn more about each hiking route.
  • Do not get discouraged by those who seem to be pros at it, instead be inspired!
  • Always remember to stretch! You can prevent serious injuries by stretching prior to working out.
  • Get a walking buddy, it’s always great to have someone to push and motivate you to make it to the top.
  • Bring a camera! There’s no way you can hike this beautiful canyon without taking pictures.

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Ashley Moore stops for a picture at the top.
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Chebo stops to relax after completing her hike.

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Maggimae and a friend make their way to the top of the trail.
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Lauren enjoys the beautiful sunset at the end of her hike.

Tomorrow, we celebrate motherhood by showing our love and gratitude to the women and mothers in our lives. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some photos of our girls and their supermoms. Happy’s Mother’s Day from NOUS!

 

Taylor and her mother in a field of Texas Bluebonnets.
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Brianna and her mother snap a pic while out to lunch.

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A timeless moment shared between Marisa and her mother.
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Girls night out for Faith with her mom.
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Ashley Moore and her mom blowing kisses to the cam.
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Mother-daughter street style edition with Maggimae and her mom.

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