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This feature originally posted on hairazzi.com.

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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“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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Obviously, we could never come close to replicating the iconic work of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. Idolized by girls and guys alike (understandably), the SI Swim covers have long been a coveted spot for aspiring models worldwide. So, we decided to make this dream come true for a handful of the lovely ladies of Nous Models in an exclusive photoshoot for Nous Zine titled – what else – Nous Illustrated!

As a token of our love and appreciation for the famous SI Swim signature looks, Nous Illustrated is a fun expression of the growing talent here at Nous Models that we are amazed by every day. Captured by one of our favorite photographers Bogdan Morozovskiy, this featurette aims to inspire you to go for the gold. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Davia Gomez / Lyzy Adler / Maitlyn Simmons / Naty Belmont 

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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.

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

 

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“I’m in love with San Francisco! It’s such a fun and colorful city. So, I was obviously extremely excited about going there for the second time to work for Old Navy.

TUESDAY
My flight was scheduled to depart around 4 but there was terrible weather so I was delayed. I ended up leaving at 10! But, I was prepared and brought a book and my laptop so I was fully entertained. When I got to my hotel it was around 12 and I ended up crashing within minutes of getting there.

WEDNESDAY
The next morning I woke up bright and early for a quick work out at the hotel gym (despite my few hours of sleep). By 8 I was at the studio, nice and clean and ready to shoot. Our team was great and the first day went smoothly. We wrapped around 5, leaving me plenty of time to explore the city! After getting a bite to eat I went to Union Square for a little shopping and a walk around the park. It was decorated beautifully for the holiday season, Christmas tree and all.

THURSDAY
The next day we shot outside on location. Shooting on the streets of San Fran is the best! There are so many cute vintage-y houses and shops that anywhere you go is a great photo-op. After Thursday’s shoot I squeezed in a little workout and pampered myself by taking a bath with a LUSH bath bomb (they’re my favorite).

FRIDAY
Last day! I got my hair and make up done and was ready to work! By the third day everyone in the studio had a hang of what we were doing and the day seemed to go by faster. It’s always a bitter sweet feeling when wrapping in the studio. You meet such great people and it’s sad having to leave them (thank god for Instagram for making it easier to keep in touch) but at the same time, it’s an awesome feeling to be back home after a long week!”

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