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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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Thursday, March 28th we gathered at What Goes Around Comes Around to celebrate the launch of NOUSzine!

The party was a success and we can’t thank everyone enough for their support and love.

Models and friends danced the night away to an amazing set from BJ Pandabear, thank you for keeping the party rocking!

Many thanks to VeeV, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Sapere Aude Sparkling Wine for supplying our party with drinks!

Thank you to The Grilled Cheese Truck for being there to end our hunger with a menu of the best grilled cheese combinations we have ever seen.

Our tastebuds were so thankful for the delicious cupcakes from The Frosted Cupcakery.

Last but not least thank you to our wonderful venue, What Goes Around Comes Around for hosting our launch party! We truly couldn’t have done it without you.