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 How old are you?

20 years.

Where are you from?

Normal, Illinois (a real city, not just a punchline).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, or the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Both revolutionary in facing fear and creating without inhibitions.

 Which superpower would you want?

Mind reading. There are 7 BILLION people in the world and the only thoughts I’ve ever heard are my own. I’m sure there’s a lot I’ve been missing out on. 

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

Continuing the amazing work with Nous and getting out to see another bit of planet earth.

Are your feet the same size?

Absolutely.  I measure my feet daily to ensure they’re keeping up with one another. So far so good.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The inverted smiley (duality, bruh).

Have you overcome one of your fears?

Daily!  If I do anything in a day, it’s to make sure that at least once, I was as excited as I was terrified. We grow at the rate we’re willing to be uncomfortable.

What would the title of your memoir be? 

Dude, Where’s My Charger?

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

Bambi, based off of being called that since I can remember. Guess you’ll have to ask around the playground.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

You can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell”

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

 I never saw a hotdog I could trust.

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 How old are you?

21 years young, with an old soul.

Where are you from?

Ludington, Michigan.

Do you have a book that changed your life? 

Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde is a book that I have read previously and am now reading again. It outlines 33 steps to reclaiming your inner power as a human and helps release your mind from the constraints of the ego. It is a book that reminds me that this life is precious and to live in the present moment. When I am traveling it is one of the only books I carry along– it’s that amazing!

Which superpower would you want?

The ability to teleport anywhere, at any time or moment. I have so many friends, family, and loved ones that live all around the world in different places and time zones. It would be so lovely to be able to quickly give my dad a hug before a big moment, say hi to my best friend before she hits the waves in Hawaii, or have breakfast with my sister in Lebanon.

What’s your Karaoke Song?

Sadly, I have only done Karaoke once! And it was no surprise that I picked a classic, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Let’s just say my friends got lots of pictures and laughs that night.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

I think Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada would have some seriously amazing pieces in her closet from all the years of running the iconic magazine, Runway.

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Certain songs that I hear can immediately take me back to a very specific memory, day, feeling, or moment. My heart goes back and feels the beauty and love that I was feeling when I was listening. A few that get me every time are “Open Arms” by RKCB and “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I would have to say my writing. I am currently writing whenever I have the chance, and already have filled several journals’ worth with words. Most of it is very personal and poetic, and I would love to someday publish a combination of what I have written, maybe a memoir.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

The Lion King soundtrack is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard, period.

What inspires you the most?

Witnessing the genuine awareness and joy that comes from children playing and experiencing life with so much wonder. It reminds me not to take life so seriously, and to laugh more.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to find a unique, local café to grab a coffee and croissant. With the sun hopefully out, I like to take it with me and walk around for a while to find a quaint park to sit at and be with nature, watch the wildlife, or just be. Taking in the experiences and energy that a new place brings is always exciting to me.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

I have a mantra that I like to say in my head when I need some calm, clearing encouragement in whatever I’m doing during the day, or just because. “I’m eternal. I’m universal. I’m infinite. I am what I am.”

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 How old are you?

I am 17 years old.

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Born and raised in Agoura Hills, CA.

Have you ever broken a bone?

I have always been super clumsy, and my friends have always said how I am like a giraffe on roller skates! Luckily I have actually never broken a bone though!

 What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

Pickles! It is weird because I love cucumbers and am not a picky eater at all. I am a huge foodie, but something about pickles just makes me go ughhhh…

When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

I always save the best for last because in my mind I want to finish with the best flavor possible!

Who was your embarrassing 2000s celeb crush?

I would have to go with Robert Pattinson. I went through a huge faze of loving the Twilight books and movies, I was pretty obsessed.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I try to live my life being passionate about everything I do! I believe that the best way to live your life is to love what you are doing with it. Animals I am especially passionate about. Currently I am volunteer every week at the shelter and one day hope to work as an animal rights activist.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have always been really shy and I’ve been afraid of public situations and encounters. It’s not something I have completely overcome, but I would say it’s been a work in progress but the finish line is in sight.

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Which superpower would you want?

I have always been obsessed with reading books about history and the past as well as what people think the future will hold, so I would love to have the power of time travel!!

What inspires you the most?

Passionate people really inspire me because I have always loved seeing people that are dedicated to achieving a goal. It also amps me up and makes me more determined to achieve my own dreams.

Can you hula hoop?

It’s possible and I’m not to shabby at it, but I would definitely say that it is a skill I’m not eager to show off!

What’s under your bed?

Lots and lots of bags going from simple handbags to suitcases.

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 How old are you?

17 years old.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Hesperia, California.

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My family and friends have helped and supported me tremendously. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life!

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

In the 11th grade, when  I got my first lead role as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical!

Can you hula hoop?

Yes, but no.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I am very passionate about moisturizing my hair. Because LET ME TELL YOU, It is not easy to maintain this mane! It’s requires patience and lots of love.

 

What’s under your bed?

Shoes, clothes, food wrappers, monsters, etc.

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

Once upon a time I was in the 7th grade and I conformed to the  trend of having “swag” and dressing like a “swag girl”. The wardrobe consisted of; snap backs, flannels with the sleeves cut off, colored pants, silly bandz, ripped high waisted’s, fox tails, and sadly the list goes on. 😭 Point is, middle school was the struggle.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!!! 100% recommended.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, yes I do.

When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

I tear those red skittles up…

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

Graduate high school!!!!

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 How old are you?

I am 21 years young.

Where are you from?

I am a proud Iowan girl from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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This is going to sound sooooo nerdy but I absolutely love to read. It’s probably my favorite thing to do, and has been since I was just a little girl. In my senior year of college, we were assigned a book called “The Difference Maker” By John Maxwell. No one actually read any of the books we got assigned, but I am a huge nerd so I read every single one! This book, in particular, changed my life because it gave me a whole new perspective on how the simplest thing like having a good attitude can have an immensely positive impact on how successful you are in life. Since then, I follow so many tips the book gave me and I swear by it, I am such a happier person.

What inspires you the most?

Family. I have five siblings and they are all much younger than I am. They motivate me to be the best that I can be because I want to set an amazing example for them. I also look up to my mom and my grandmother. They are the strongest women I have ever met and they inspire me to be the same.

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

Education is so important to me and will continue to be, so I would have to say my biggest achievement (so far) is getting my associates degree two weeks before my high school diploma. I was only 16 at the time when I made the decision to make that a goal of mine. It was one of the first big goals I worked really hard over a long period of time to accomplish, and it was extremely difficult to achieve because of my life situation at the time. SO many times I asked myself why I was doing it and wanted to just give up, but I stuck with it and it served me very well because now I am 21 and I already have two degrees!

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Definitely the !!!! I use it all the time when I’m messaging or emailing people. I feel like if you know me it just makes sense because I’m pretty out there. If not, I’ve often wondered if people think I’m yelling at them all the time…Lol!

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Can you hula hoop?

Yes I can! But to be completely honest, I am kind of dysfunctional when it comes to any sport involving objects, so let’s just say I can and keep it at that.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

That’s hard to choose because I believe in being passionate about everything you do. If you’re not passionate about it… Then why are you doing it? But if I had to pick, I’d say I’m really passionate about traveling. I feel like it’s important to travel the world and see all that’s out there! There’s so much of it and so little time!

Are your feet the same size?

No they are not and it infuriates me! My right is almost a half size bigger than my left, so I buy shoes that fit perfectly on the left foot, and my toes are left to suffer on the right because I secretly want to punish that foot for being bigger.

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Clothes… Lots and lots of clothes.

How many bones have you broken?

TOO MANY!! I was a competitive cheerleader for over 14 years and between the flipping and the stunting (I was the flyer) I’ve had my fair share of broken arms, fingers, and even fractured my neck once!

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I am not a picky eater at all! But for some reason, my taste buds do not like seafood. Even the smell makes my stomach turn!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

👹

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

I try not to do trends because I think it is so much cooler when you just do you, and it ends up being a trend– because after all, that is how they start! But I’ll admit when I was in middle school (7th grade) I cared a lot about what others thought, and I got bullied pretty badly. I have really bushy eyebrows (bordering on uni-brow when I don’t maintain them), and back in the day pencil-thin eyebrows were the “cool” and “beautiful” thing. So one day I went home and shaved off my eyebrows. Let’s just say the results were much worse than just putting up with the bullies ! AND OMG THEY DID NOT GROW BACK IN PRETTY.

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Where are you from?

I’m from Irvine, California.

Do you have a book that changed your life?

I recently read The Catcher in the Rye for the first time and I think it was really important for me to read, especially at this point in my life. The main character displays so many different aspects of the teenage experience.

What inspires you the most?

I think mornings inspire me the most. I have these really tall east-facing windows in my living room and sometimes I sit and drink coffee there for a few minutes after getting up (which is getting later and later now that summer is here!). Those moments always provide me with inspiration for my day, whether it’s artistic, academic, or just an idea of how I want to spend the time.

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

I think it’s a tie. When I was 11, I was solo piano accompanist for my honors choir in front of a sold-out audience of 2000 people at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts – it was very nerve-racking and took lots of preparation, but in the end it was an amazing experience! Also, photos I posted on National Geographic were selected for display in VP Biden’s official residence in Washington, D.C. two times – in December, 2015, and January, 2016. It felt great to be recognized for my interests, and I am so grateful for it.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I am most passionate about art, in any form. My main focus has been in the photographic and digital arts. I have found that my life is a lot better if there is some artistic element to every day.

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What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I have a rule: no ham, no lamb, no spam.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

I have always wanted to go to France or Italy. I suppose my dream vacation would be visiting both!

When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

My system is in rainbow-order. Eat all of the red Skittles, then orange, yellow, green, and purple. Trust me, it will change your life.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

I love listening to Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It makes me feel like I’m going on a journey through New Zealand.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

If my wardrobe was full of the costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I would be a happy camper.

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

This year, my goal is to find balance in school, work, and creativity.

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Yes, the rumors are true… we’ve caught twin-fever here at Nous. And who could blame us? The lovely Magruder sisters aren’t truly identical, but with just one small beauty mark to tell them apart, they might as well be! Standing tall at a true 5′ 9″, Olivia (below left) and Madeline (below right) are 17 and hail from Maryland. The girls are attached at the hip on and off set, and their bond translates to some seriously stunning photos – but don’t worry – from Olivia’s playful sense of humor to Madeline’s secret celeb crush, there’s plenty that sets them apart. Scroll down to find out for yourself. We are thrilled to introduce to you: The Magruder Twins!linebreak

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If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I’m most passionate about horses. I love spending time with my horse and taking her to competitions. There is nothing like the bond between horse and rider.

Which superpower would you want?

Time travel.  I would want to experience different time periods and what life was like during them, and still be able to return to present day.

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

The quotation mark. It’s always fun to quote someone.

Can you hula hoop?

Yes! I can jump rope with a hula hoop too!

What’s under your bed?

I have nothing under my bed except occasionally my cat, it’s her favorite hideout.

Have you ever prank called someone?

One time my twin and I prank called my best friend. She would not get off of Netflix, so we went into the other room and called her, pretending like we were the Netflix company calling to tell her that the account ran out of ‘watching time.’ She believed the call, but later found out it was us and went back to watching.

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How many bones have you broken?

I’ve broken a bone in my foot two different times while bathing my horse in sandals. The first time, she moved over and stepped on my foot. The second time, she spooked and jumped over buckets of shampoo, landing on my other foot. Don’t ever bathe a horse wearing open-toed shoes!

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I love food and will try just about anything! The only food I strongly dislike is olives. They are WAY too salty.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

I’ve always dreamed of going to Tahiti. I love the warm tropical climates, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear water.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

I definitely have to pick the palm tree emoji. 🌴🌴🌴🌴

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

Titanic. My favorite song from the film is “My Heart Will Go On.”

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What inspires you the most?

Swimming with my horse.

Most valuable high-school or college class you ever took?

Spanish. It is good to know more than one language!

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why? 

From photographs I have seen, Tahiti looks amazing. It has the clearest, beautiful water and white sand beaches.

How many bones have you broken?

I broke my arm when I was five years old. I was walking in the snow and fell. When I was twelve years old I fell off of a young horse I was training. I fell underneath of him and a front hoof hit me, breaking two of my ribs.

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

Pistachios have never appealed to me. Their green/brown coloration just looks bad.

Where would you take your dream vacation?  

Bora Bora.

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Which emoji would best capture your essence?

 😍

Who was your embarrassing 2000s celeb crush?

I have to admit, I was a Justin Bieber fan.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack? 

City of Angels

When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?  

Best is always for last!

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IMG_4504Name?

Katya Vladykina

How old are you?

I’m 18 years old.

Where are you from?

I’m from Minneapolis, MN.

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation points!!! In big amounts!!!! I’m always excited about something!

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

Choosing one thing would be really hard because I can be passionate about so many things that it becomes overwhelming. Art and traveling are both examples. However, I would have to say that I am most passionate about my family and all of the other amazing people I have in my life.

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 Who are you most envious of—real or fictional—and why?

Definitely Princess Mia from Princess Diaries because I’m kind of hoping that someone comes along and tells me that I’m the princess of some beautiful land, especially with that closet that she gets (favorite part of the movie).

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 Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I like to find beauty within every place I am, even Minnesota, but the most beautiful place on earth? I believe that I have yet to find out.

 How many bones have you broken?

ZERO! I am obsessed with milk and totally think that it has something to do with that.

 What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

Olives and anything pumpkin….blech!

 What inspires you the most?

Positive, inspiring, and driven people inspire me more than anything. I always find myself drawn to people with good vibes.

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Which emoji would best capture your essence?

Definitely either the heart eyes kitty emoji or the sunflower. I completely overuse emojis but they make conversations so much more fun!

 Which superpower would you want?

I would love to be able to read other people’s minds. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what in the world other people are thinking, especially boys.

 When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

Definitely save the best for last, you have to let the anticipation build!

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