Beauty

 

Since she was signed to Nous Model Management in 2017, we as company, have been in awe of Tori Bass’ natural skills when it comes to makeup art. In light of her recent beauty shoots (her role in the newest KKW Beauty campaign & Beth Sternbaum’s masterful creations), we thought it was only fit to get the details on her typical beauty routine. Tori Bass’ passion for makeup artistry is something that we deeply admire, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to try out all the products that she has recommended. To see what her routine is, take a glance below:

What do you love about makeup? 

I love that makeup is so personal, and that there is no wrong way to do it. Whether you like the barely there look or want to be completely caked up, you can cater it to your mood. Plus, I always love seeing the way someone’s face lights up when they love their makeup. It only takes a little to boost your confidence sometimes.

What is your favorite era of makeup? 

The 60’s is hands down my favorite era for makeup. It was bold, fashion forward, and always made a statement. Models and muses like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick embodied it beautifully, but Priscilla Presley’s wedding makeup is my favorite look of all time.

Elvis Presley and his beautifully ‘done-up’ bride, Priscilla, on their iconic wedding day in 1967.

 

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 

Sephora will always be my favorite! I’ve shopped there since I was very young, and worked in the Beverly Hills location before I began modeling so it will always have a place in my heart.

Is there any kind of makeup that you can’t leave the house without? 

My lip gloss! I like having a bare face, but need my Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb or I feel incomplete.

What is your daily skincare routine? (step by step) 

I’ve learned that for sensitive skin, keeping things as simple as possible is what works the best. I use my Clarisonic Face Brush with the First Aid Beauty Cleanser, and follow up with their Ultra Repair Cream after. That’s it for every day! Once or twice a week I’ll use the Aztec Clay Mask all over to detox my skin if it’s been through at lot. It works great as an overnight spot treatment for any zits as well. No more toothpaste on your face ladies!

 

What is your go-to natural look? What products do you use? 

The natural look has been my favorite the past few months. I start by evening my skin with a tiny drop of the Naked Skin Foundation, buffing it in until it’s one with my skin.

After, I spot conceal anything that wasn’t covered before with the Kat Von D Lock It concealer, as it’s very high coverage. To keep in all in place, I set it with a light layer of the Fenty Beauty Translucent Blotting Powder.

Then to add a natural glow, I use Cover FX’s Click Highlighter in Gilded to the high points of my face. It’s cream, but blends on top of powder without a problem.

For brows, I like NYX Brow Pencil, and for mascara nothing beats Urban Decay’s Perversion. I’ve used it for years! Lastly, I add the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb and I’m ready to go! It may sound like a lot, but it only takes about 10 mins tops so it’s great for everyday.

 

What is your go-to “night out” look? What products do you use? 

For night, I basically use the same products, but aim for a little bit more coverage and longevity by layering to make sure nothing moves. Adding an extra drop of foundation and setting spray (nothing can top the Urban Decay All Nighter) is perfect for that.

Also, I like to use the Eve Pearl Blush Trio and Vapour Beauty Solar Transparent Bronzer in “Spicy” together to add some color and definition to my cheeks. The “Spicy” shade is great because it works on very light skin tones to deeper ones such as mine.

For lips, my current favorite is the “Walk of Shame” Matte Lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury because it goes with any look. If I’m feeling bolder, Urban Decay’s “Bad Blood” Matte Lipstick is super flattering.

What is your favorite drugstore brand? 

My favorite drugstore brand is definitely NYX! I’ve found that they have dupes for so many different high end products, and many times they perform better for less than half the price. They’ve got a huge selection too so lots of options to choose from.

Tori (top left) modeling for KKW Beauty.

What cosmetics brand are you excited to try, but haven’t yet? 

I’ve wanted to try Illamasqua for years but haven’t. It’s not as easy to find in the US but after years of watching British YouTubers praise the quality, I’ve wanted to try it for myself.

What is your most cherished beauty product? 

My most cherished beauty product is the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. My natural lashes are on the thinner, smaller side and it’s the only mascara to really wow me and make them look as big as I’d like them too. I’ve even had a few people ask me if I’m wearing falsies when I wear it.

Is there anything about the product(s) that you use that make them unique to others in their market?

On unique thing is that all of my products are cruelty free. It’s easier on my conscious to buy products where I know no living thing had to suffer in the process. I encourage everyone to explore as many cruelty free options that they can!

What celebrity and/or figure in your life inspires your makeup look? 

Rihanna! I don’t think she’s ever had a bad makeup day. Her face is never caked, and she the way her artists give her a glow is mesmerizing. She’s a great example of how to enhance what is already beautiful on someone’s face.

Tori modeling for KKW Beauty.

Is there anything else that you would like to include? 

I know that makeup can be a bit daunting to those who aren’t as knowledgeable about products but it can be a really cool hobby to explore. Don’t be too intimated and visit your local Sephora where they are more than happy to personalize different makeup products to you and your lifestyle!

 

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“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have.”

In honor of #NationalBestFriendsDay, we asked two of our celebrated Nous Model BFFs, Britt and Maggimae, to share what it is like to be each other’s gal pals. From various inside jokes, to their mutual love of dogs: these ladies are the epitome of good camaraderie. To view the full interview, look below:

Britt and Maggimae on set for Boys & Arrows.

When and how did you first meet?

Britt: We met on an Armani job! It was friends at first sight! We became friends before we were even out of hair and makeup!

Maggimae: We met while on an Armani job together!

What are the two things your best friend does not know about you?

Britt: Trying to think of something ….. drawing a real blank …

Maggimae: We share a toothbrush on occasion so she knows everythinggggg, lol.

Can you describe your best friend in one word?

Britt: Wondrous.

Maggimae: FUNNEST.

What part about your best friend do you like the most?

Britt: How she makes me laugh. We could be doing anything and we always share the best laugh till you cry moments. We even worked a 16 hour day once and were laughing till the end.

Maggimae: How we are literally always laughing together. Cry laughing.

What is the best advice that your best friend has ever given you?

Britt: Maggi is like my little sister and the thing I receive the most from her is that she always believes in me and encourages me just when I need it most.  She helps me stay light hearted and believe the best in life.

Maggimae: I seriously text her and get advice about everything, but the most important and helpful advice is always something model-related. For example, how to dress for castings and do my hair and makeup and all that jazz.

What is their favorite food?

Britt: Sonic….  I’m not sure, but Maggi is so hardcore with health. Yet, then on her cheat day, she knows how to get down like the good ole Midwestern girls that we are!

Maggimae: Pizza for sure. Anything on @soyummy Instagram.

If your best friend has a scar, how did they get it?

Maggimae: On her lip, a dog bit her when she was a kid.

 

Britt and Maggimae on set for Boys & Arrows.

Which is your best friend’s favorite season and why?

Britt: Maggi and I are both sun worshippers! So, summer! We love the beach, bikinis, and ice cream!  Give us more summer! Kansas girls gone Cali!

Maggimae: Summer!!!! All the fun summer things. BBQs, the beach, being tan.

Britt and Maggimae on set for Boys & Arrows.

What is your best friend’s dream job?

Britt: Maggi would love to be Mother Earth…. the end.

Maggimae: Comedian and, trust me, she should be looking into that.

If you were out together, what would your best friend eat?

Britt: If it’s cheat day???? Maggi loves Midwest fast food. It’s hilarious because on all other days she is so healthy and some kind of organic vegan cult leader…

Maggimae: Depends on if it’s a cheat day or not. If it’s Friday, loaded fries, pizza, cheese platters.

Would your best friend watch a chick-flick, action, comedy or a horror movie?

Maggimae: Comedy all the way.

Maggimae and Britt looking stunning at GUESS event.

What are the three items your best friend always carries with them?

Britt: Homemade Organic Shea butter, phone, and water bottle (always).

What is your favorite inside joke?

Britt: We never take ourselves too seriously and we love to joke about how we are “professionally good looking,” Zoolander style! We like to make model jokes and have good ole fashion (get it “fashion”) fun!

Maggimae: If we told you then we would have to kill you. 😉 Lol, we have so many there’s no way to even type all of it out! Just know we are a hoot and there’s a lot.

What is the name of your best friend’s crush?

Maggimae: Isaac – her husband haha.

Britt: It was John Stamos (one time she had me help her DM him on Instagram… thank you liquid courage), but then after some questionable speculations concerning his character: she now loves John Ham.

Britt and Maggimae on set for Boys & Arrows.

Between the two of you, who takes longer to get ready?

Britt: Me 100 percent. I have to force Maggi to brush her hair and wear makeup. Good thing she is naturally beautiful because that girl is all tomboy.

Maggimae: BRITT 100%.

What is a favorite memory that you two share?

Britt: Maggi and I were at a GUESS event and let’s just say we had a red carpet blooper that had us laughing till we almost peed our pants… again.

Maggimae: We always have so much fun no matter what we are doing… even laying on the floor or cleaning Britt’s room, hahah, but some of my favorite times are when we work together because those days are definitely not even considered work in my book!

Does your best friend have any nicknames?

Britt: Actually, we just combine our names to make the awesome hashtag: #itsbrittmae.

Does your best friend have any strange phobias?

Maggimae: She hates feet.

What is your best friend really bad at?

Maggimae: Coordination is not her best friend, let’s just say that.

Britt: Maggi always shocks me w/ her athleticism, which I lack. So maybe anything girly like hair & makeup.

What is the last book your best friend read?

Maggimae: She reads every dang day. Like one thousand books a week. Last one is “Name of the Wind.”

What is your best friend’s favorite animal? 

Britt: Her dogs are her life

Was your best friend named after anyone? If so, who?

Britt: Rod steward’s song, Maggimae.

What is your best friend’s greatest achievement?

Maggimae: Adopting her adorable perfection baby boy, Shiah!!!

 

Fun Fact: Britt Koth is also a master at creating ‘beachy hair waves.’ To view the tutorial that she filmed with Maggimae, press play:

 

Can’t get enough of Britt and Maggimae?

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Check out Maggimae’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Hello, Dollface! After a couple years of fawning over Katya Vladykina’s flawless glow, we thought it would be only fit to get the scoop on her daily beauty routines. From natural-wear to glam-time, Katya spilled all of her secrets. To see what she advises, take a look below:

Katya taken by Brian Love

1. Is there any kind of makeup that you can’t leave the house without?

I am super simple when it comes to makeup and I love to keep my face fresh! So, I just bring my Rose or Cocoa Butter Mini Lip Vaselines (to die for) and Mario Badescu’s Rose Water Face Spray.

Vaseline – Rose

Mario Badescu – Facial Spray

Vaseline – Cocoa Butter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. What is your daily skincare routine?

My skin care routine mostly happens before I go to bed. I wash my face with a Cera Ve Cleanser that does wonders at gently getting everything off. I’ve also been using Witch Hazel as toner – which is a natural option with lots of amazing benefits! Finishing it off, I’ve been using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream as a deep moisturizer through the night. I wake up and just re-moisturize my face for the sun beams of the day ahead (preferably with some SPF)

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Gel

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Powder Duo

3. What is your go-to natural look? What products do you use?

My go-to natural look starts and ends with some definition on my eyes and eyebrows. I looove the brow products by Anastasia Beverly Hills and use the Brow Powder, as well as the Clear Eyebrow Gel. I ALWAYS curl my lashes, add some mascara, & voila! In my opinion, mascara is just black goop so I switch it up every time but right now I’m using Urban Decay Perversion and it’s bomb 🙂

Katya taken by Brian Love

4. What is your go-to “night out” look? What products do you use?

Now for the night out look – just add shimmer shimmer shimmer!!!! Shimmer on the cheeks in the form of a Becca Highlighter, shimmer on the eyes in the form of Stila Liquid Eye Shadow (Kitten color is gorgeous), smudge out some eyeliner, and add some lipgloss!!! My fav is White Russian by Buxom (partially because I’m Russian & very white most of the year).

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream – White Russian

STILA Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – Kitten Karma

Becca Cosmetics – Highlighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katya taken by Brian Love

5. What is your favorite drugstore brand?

Growing up, Elf was the ISH!!! $1 makeup??? Heck ya!!!! However, NYX has some really bright and fun options for any occasion.

6. What is your favorite era of makeup?

Absolutely right now. I love the natural, fresh dewiness and glow. Today’s makeup accentuates natural beauty at its finest and lets the personality outshine the highlight. 😉

7. What cosmetics brand are you excited to try, but haven’t yet?

Oh man – Definitely the high end French makeup brands: Estée Lauder, Dior, YSL, etc. I’ve always dreamed of having a little vanity full of French lotions, oils, and all things lovely.

 

 

Coconut Oil

Katya taken by Brian Love

8. What is your most cherished beauty product?

COCONUT OIL – it is my forever holy grail product!!! I put it in my hair, on my body, basically everywhere I can. Not only does it make you want to eat yourself at every hour of the day, but it is so so so moisturizing on just about everything!

9. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Ohmygosh, Sephora is my black hole heaven on earth – I could spend hours in there spritzing and swatching!!!!

10. What do you love about makeup?

I love that makeup is so universal. To some it adds confidence, and to other it’s self expression or a form of art. I love exploring it in all three of these ways. 🙂

 

Can’t get enough of Katya? Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photos of Katya Credits:

Photographer – Brian Love | Instagram and Website.

Creative Director – Eleanor Love | Instagram and Website.

Hair and Makeup – Bethany Garita | Instagram and Website.

Alright, somebody must have summoned the hair gods because Kendall Harris is absolutely radiating in her recent beauty story photographed by Dorit Thies. Hair stylist, Juanita, used Oribe Hair Care to craft this masterpiece of a mane, and we could not be more in awe with the results! To view the entire spread, scroll down. It may just give you butterfly wings. 🙂 💖

Check out Kendall’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Dorit Thies Instagram and Website.

Hair – Juanita Matijasevic Instagram. | Represented by Celestine Agency.

Makeup Artist – Noel Nichols Instagram.

Stylist – Rudy Rocha Instagram.

Wow! Maggimae has officially stolen our hearts this Valentine’s Day with her new beauty editorial for Hunger Magazine. The photographer who created this fun blend of art and cupid’s holiday goes by the name of Jamie Nelson, a creative soul whose work shines as brightly as the glitter in this spread. To see what has us smitten, scroll down to view the full shoot. You’re guaranteed to fall in love!

Check out the full article on Hunger Magazine’s website.

Photographer – Jamie Nelson | Instagram and Website.

Makeup Artist – Lottie | Instagram.

Hair Stylist – Olga Pirmatova | Instagram.

Manicurist Olga – Marisa Carmichael | Instagram.

Stylist & Designs – Jennifer Fein | Instagram.


Also, check out Tassia’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Kate Szatmari Instagram and Website.

Makeup Artist – Brendan Robertson Beauty Instagram.

Browse Bisous Magazine’s website for more beauty inspiration.

There is only one word that describes Olivia Trowbridge‘s latest Beauty Editorial with XIOX Magazine and Brian Love: MAGICAL. With their keen insight for modern trends, this team has successfully managed to summon a series of beauty ideas, without losing the wearers natural glow.

To capture these looks, take a look at the full spread below and enchant yourself! ~

 

Wanting to make your lips stand out, without having to bare a heavy lipstick? Wearing a nice glossy lip from Glossier is the new-age remedy. This product adds both style and comfort to those who wear it, making it a growing sensation in the beauty industry.

Also, if you’re looking for something to compliment this look, take a peep at this amazing glow kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This kit is geared to make one’s natural features more prominent, and it does it with the highest quality. Just peep this InStyle review, they couldn’t get enough of it!

Glossier Lip Gloss – $14

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun-Dipped Glow Kit – $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling Inspired? Peep some more beauty items below that will help you capture each look modeled by Olivia:

Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Sculpting Foam $7.99

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection $49

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in “Miss Scarlet”  $30

View full magazine on XIOX’S website.

Check out Olivia Trowbridge’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Brian Love  Instagram | Website.

Makeup Artist – Erika Fitzgerald Instagram

Hair Stylist – Sylvia Stankowski Instagram

Creative Director –Eleanor Love Instagram

Wave goodbye to Summer, as the back-to-school season is now upon us! As students nationwide prepare for their first day, we decided that it was only fit to sit down with a few of our girls (ChonzieEmily, Kyndall, and Lily, ), revealing what is it like to manage a blossoming model career, all while taking on the load of being a full-time student. We hope that their advice can gear prospective models in the right direction, showing them that they too can have the best of both worlds! Read below to see what the girls had to say:

Hi girls! Thank you so much for doing this. I know things can get a little hectic this time of the year. Let’s start with a little background info. What is your age and what year in school is this for you?

Emily: I am 18-years-old and am in college. I attend Fordham University, and I am doing their online program for the second semester, majoring in Business.

Kyndall: I am 16-years-old and am a Junior in High School.

Chonzie: I am also 16-years-old and am a Junior in High School.

Lily: I am 17-years-old and am a senior at Stanford University’s Online High School.

Emily, as the only current college attendee out of the bunch, what’s your plan for the future?

Emily: I want to graduate college and continue on to do something else! Since I model full-time in New York, I am doing online classes because I love to learn and want to continue to challenge my mind in a way that isn’t related to modeling. So, with that being said, I will continue to do this and then finish college and potentially go onto grad school. I have always wanted to be a lawyer.

Lily, shot by: Megan Taylor

Very cool! I am sure with the communication skills you are acquiring with modeling, you will be an excellent lawyer. Next question is for Lily – what is your favorite thing about finishing high school online?

Lily: In this wonderful program, students and instructors attend live classes remotely from all over the world via the webcams and microphones on our computers (it’s like a web conference, or Skype). It’s a unique and powerful way to learn. I was even able to schedule some of my classes in the evening to free up more days for work.

As for a favorite, there are so many amazing things about Stanford Online High School. I think the most rewarding part of an online education is that I get to learn with, and from, students who live elsewhere. I’ve had the opportunity to discuss politics and philosophy with kids from throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Needless to say, my educational experience has broadened significantly over the past year that I’ve been attending this school. Everyone is approaching the class material in the context of their own local culture and experiences, and that has put my own assumptions and beliefs into the proper, international perspective.

How insightful! It also seems very convenient for those that are fearful that castings will get in the way attending classes, but enough about all the technical stuff! What does education mean to you on a personal level?

Emily: An education, whether it be inside or outside of the classroom, is expanding your mind so you gain a deeper knowledge of things you didn’t know about before. You are learning and just gaining a deeper understanding of different subjects.

Chonzie hanging out in class with one of her favorite teachers.

Chonzie: Education is extremely important to me. My father immigrated to the United States from Tibet. He wanted to attend an American University to obtain an education in order to have a future. Coming from a family where opportunities were limited and were just a dream for him, I am extremely grateful to have an opportunity to attend a school where education is available to everyone.

Kyndall: To me, education means everything.  Learning new things and gaining knowledge is crucial to success in whatever I do.  A person never stops being educated in some way or form throughout their whole life.  However, primary education is the most crucial, which is why I am so grateful to go to the school that I do where I have the opportunity to learn so many new things.

I love the role that education plays in all of your lives. It seems to hold many positive attributes. However, it can’t be all that easy while pursuing a modeling career. Were their any concerns you had before signing your modeling contract? Has these concerns lessened over time?

Chonzie: When I signed my modeling contract, I just finished middle school and was about to start high school. I wasn’t aware of the challenges that I would be facing when it came to missing school for modeling. Some administrators find it difficult to understand why I need to miss school for a “casting” or a “photo shoot,” which can be really frustrating. Another thing I was unaware about is when you miss school for a job, you don’t have much time to catch up on what you’re missing. You are mostly spending the entire day on a photo shoot. I generally do my school work while traveling on a plane, in order to keep up with my school work.

Well, that’s great that you have figured out a system that works for you! This brings to me my next topic. Do any of you guys have a special technique that helps you manage your time between studying and jobs that you feel would be helpful to others?

Kyndall’s go-to headphones to study with.

Kyndall:  One way that I learn is through music! For example, how did I learn my ABC’s? Through singing a song!  So my advice to others that are worried about missing a study time between castings is to listen to a song on the radio with a really good beat, and change out the words to a topic that you are learning about in school!  An example of one that I did to help me remember information from my math class was I changed the lyrics of Kesha’s lyrics from her song, “Tik Tok,” to geometric formulas.

Lily:  One of the most exciting, and sometimes challenging, aspects of this line of work is the varying and unpredictable schedule – shoots and castings may either be confirmed or canceled up until the day before they happen. Because of this, I can’t always count on having a free day during the week to complete schoolwork or study for upcoming exams. One time management technique I had to learn this past year was to stay at least a few days ahead, without fail, on all of my assignments and other school responsibilities. That way, if an unexpected work event came up and I was busy for ten hours one day, I wouldn’t have to worry about rushing to meet a deadline. This probably seems obvious but it really took discipline to get everything done ahead of time, especially after a long day in LA!  I also prepare for all shoots and castings the night before: setting up directions, choosing clothes, getting my portfolio and comp cards together, and packing lunches and snacks.

Chonzie, taken for Claire’s Spring ’16 Prom Campaign

Emily: I think that scheduling things out on paper with a pen is the best way to go about things. I always feel more confident about my day, especially if it is hectic, if I can see it written out in front of me and not written out on a screen.

All these techniques sound super helpful in terms of time management! Branching from my last question, what have you found to be absolutely essential to your success in school and/or work?

Chonzie: My earbuds are honestly so helpful for me, and play a big role when it comes to succeeding in school. I work best when I’m isolated, and my earbuds totally zone everything out and help me focus on whatever I’m doing.

Kyndall: Support is vital to success in school and work.  My family has always been behind me to support and help me in any situation, whatever the circumstance.  Whether it be not knowing the answer to a homework question and my parents sitting with me and helping me until we figure it out, or my grandpa driving with me for four and a half hours through L.A traffic to get to my casting.

Lily:  One of the most important things I’ve learned this year is that even though I have lots of varying responsibilities, it’s essential to be fully present in whatever I am currently doing. Even if I know I have a lot of studying to do after work, I stay 100% focused on the task at hand without letting any one thing impact how well I do somewhere else. It’s all about taking things one step at a time. Even more importantly, being professional is definitely essential to success, and that is another commitment of mine.

Kyndall dominating the school yard in a photo shot by: Tina Jo.

Absolutely! I can see how all of these things can strongly benefit you in the long run. Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. If we took a look at your locker or dorm, what celebrity crush would probably be posted?

Kyndall: Hmmm… that’s a good question.  I think it would most likely be Prince Harry of Wales.  I adore the royal family, and Harry is just positively charming!  I have little picture frames in my locker, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his picture found it’s way into one of them!

We all have our preferences – hot or cold lunch?!

Kyndall: 100% cold lunch!  I eat the same thing for lunch pretty much everyday: a protein bar with at least 12 grams of protein since I’m vegetarian, a piece of fruit for necessary vitamins and minerals plus fiber, and roasted chickpeas for carbohydrates to fuel me for the rest of the day.  And don’t forget lots and lots of water!

Kyndall’s favorite bars to snack on.

Lily: Cold lunch – maybe that’s just because it’s August and 80-90 degrees in LA! 🙂

Haha! I think it is safe to say that cold lunch takes the lead – which I am not mad about! Healthy is happy, after all. This brings me to my next question: is there a subject that you are always happy to learn about?

Lily sharing her bright ideas in a photo taken by: Tina Jo.

Lily: This is a difficult question to answer. I really do love them all! But, if I had to choose one, it would probably be calculus. There’s a unique beauty to mathematics in general, but when I was introduced to calculus it was like I had discovered the hidden mechanism of the universe.

Emily: I have always been a history fan. My history teacher in High School taught it really well, and I just loved to learn about all of these events that happened in history and how it shaped our current world. It is fascinating to me how one day we will be in history books for certain events.

Amazing! Is there anything that you are excited to learn about this upcoming school year that is new to you?

Lily: This year I am taking an elective history course called “Globalization and Imperial Exchange: From Alexander the Great to NATO.” The class is centered around the growth and decline of different empires throughout time. I am interested in how cultural identity is shaped by power struggles and outside influences.

Do you feel that modeling has helped your performance at school in certain areas?

Lily: Actually, yes, it really has helped, both in school and in life. I tend to be more introverted by nature and when I started modeling it required me to enter another, more extroverted dimension of my personality. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been working I’ve become more and more comfortable with this side of myself. Although I’m still the same person, my inner extrovert is now on display quite often, and I see and feel a difference in my performance in school presentations and discussions. I’m a bit more voluble and confident in expressing my thoughts and opinions than I was previously.   

Chonzie having a blast with her fellow classmates in-between classes.

Chonzie: I believe that modeling has helped me a lot when it comes to communicating with teachers. I have to communicate to my agency especially when I am living in Colorado, not California. Because of that, I’ve had to really work on expressing all my needs and making an effort to keep them updated. Therefore, modeling has really helped me when it comes to communication with others.

Kyndall: Absolutely.  If a person is failing all of their classes, it’s going to be extremely difficult to have a successful modeling career, because they will be too worried about keeping their grades up to do anything else.  So for me, modeling provides the motivation to pay attention in class, in order to excel in school and get good grades so that I can continue to do what I love: model.

One of Kyndall’s favorite outfits to wear to school, purchased from TOPSHOP.

It’s great to see how modeling has impacted all of you so positively! Now, is there a specific hobby that you like to do when your not in school, that is not modeling? 

 EmilyMy favorite thing to do is either to shoot/model, play the guitar, or spend time with my friends. I think it’s a nice balance!

Kyndall: My favorite thing to do when I’m not in school aside from modeling, is to design clothes.  I have a journal that I keep by my bed so that when inspiration hits, it’s there for me to sketch in. Lately, I’ve received a lot of inspiration from the dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala, so I have been inspired to create a collection that is entirely black and white with a futuristic twist.

Lily: I love to read a good book or play with my dog, Pansy.

She got it from her mama! Lily’s beloved dog, Pansy, modeling in the sunlight.

Chonzie, taken by: Alex Geim

Very cool – To wrap things up, do any of you gals have any other advice for aspiring models that are also enrolled in school?

Chonzie: My advice for an aspiring model who’s enrolled in school is to keep up with all your classes. The worst thing is to be leaving town when your grades are struggling. If you’re on top of everything, you won’t be as stressed when you have to leave. Also, make a serious effort to really communicate with your teachers.  For example, before I leave for a job I ask them, “I’m leaving town for ___ day(s), what am I going to be missing? And when can I make it up?” That way you can have a good relationship with your teacher, and feel better about missing school.

Emily, Shot by: Troels Jepsen

Emily: I would say just make sure you plan out your days and your schedules every week to make sure you have time to do school. I know as a model, we don’t typically get our schedule until the night before but if you know you will have a busy day, print some reading out and take it with you to read in-between castings or during down time on set. It is all about organizing and planning and you can stay on top of things.

Kyndall: Don’t be afraid to go for your dreams!  Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, so if your desire is to be a model, don’t let anything stand in your way.  Things have a way of working themselves out, and there are amazing people like the wonderful women of Nous to help you fulfill your dream.

Emily, taken by Senreve

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Looking for a new look to rock this summer? Well, we have just the solution! This past week our girl, Alyssa Miller, launched her modern take on western-wear, collaborating with Understated Leather. We couldn’t be more in love with the results and knew we just had to share it with all of you! For those that want to learn more about her collaboration, we have good news. Upon the launch, Alyssa sat down with  W Magazine, offering all the exclusive deets on her new line. View the full interview below!:

W Magazine: How did this partnership with Understated Leather come to life?

AM: Jen, who owns and operates Understated Leather, and I became close friends and just started chatting about it casually and eventually decided to collaborate. It’s been a dream to work with my bestie on my first collection.

W Magazine: What was your inspiration for the collection?

AM: I was very inspired by Nudie and Roncelli suits, and western wear in general. I loved the idea of having a few pieces of the same collection and being able to wear them together as suit wear, throwing a jacket on with jeans, or the shorts with a classic white button up tied at the waist.

W Magazine: From music to modeling, you’re a multi-hyphenate. Did you always plan on venturing into design as well?

AM: I wear many hats, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having been a model for so long I learned a lot about clothes, design, and style. So I think it was a matter of time before I started working on my own designs. I didn’t realize exactly how rewarding it could be to see your concepts go from mind to paper to being born into actuality. I loved the process. I imagine it will be even more so seeing all the beautiful women of the world actually wearing them.

W Magazine: Take me through the design process with the Understated Leather team. How did this collaboration work?

AM: Jen was amazing, she was very hands off and let me conceptualize the entire collection and every piece I wanted. We then worked with a designer on fit. We worked very hard to make sure that every piece was as flattering and flawless as possible. I relentlessly pushed every detail, the pants I am particularly proud of. A good suede pant is very hard to come by—I know because I’ve searched endlessly. So I’m proud to say I think we made the perfect pair.

W Magazine: The collection seems to be based around the brand’s Texan roots. Was this intentional?

AM: With both Jen and I being based out of Austin I think it was impossible to avoid. We both love and embrace western culture and are inspired by it every day out here. I wanted to find a way of meshing city wear with Texas country cowboy wear. I want to take a bit of Texas with me everywhere I go.

W Magazine: What would you say is your signature touch in the collection?

AM: The embroidery is to me, what makes this collection so special and spectacular. It reminds me of something you might find on a vintage piece. Something that if you were to find in a vintage shop you might die from excitement.

W Magazine: You also styled the campaign—what is your styling philosophy?

AM: In this case it was less is more. I used only vintage white blouses and t- shirts from my vintage collection for Pilgrim, a bit of a signature of mine. The great thing about this collection is that it really speaks for itself, it didn’t need much.

W Magazine: You took a three day road-trip to West Texas for the campaign. What was that like?

AM: I wanted it to feel like a journey, like an adventure, and it was one. We almost ran out of gas on a country road with nothing around for miles. We talked for hours, we shared our stories and offered our advice. We almost peed our pants while waiting for the next rest stop, then ate all the crappy convenience store snacks and drank wine straight from the bottle at night. We shot when we came upon something interesting that helped tell our story. We shot when it felt right, and when it didn’t, we didn’t. It was perfect.

W Magazine: Do you feel your friendship helped shape this collection?

AM: My friendships shape everything I do, but this one in particular especially. Jen offered me a safe place to design my first collection and Harper offered me a safe and open collaboration in image making as well. Having been in the industry for so long I know how hard that is to come by. To be able to speak freely about what it is I want and need to convey and to have Harper be so receptive was truly a gift. Capturing an exact mood, a feeling, is incredibly hard to do and I would never have been able to do it with out them.

W Magazine: Who are your style icons?

AM: Bianca and Mick Jagger, Françoise Hardy, Pattie Boyd… too many to count.

(Source: W Magazine, Model Alyssa Miller On Her New, Texas-Inspired Collaboration With Understated Leather)

Shop her collection at Understated Leather by clicking here.

Looks and sounds amazing, right? Peep below to view more shots from her launch!:

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Photographer – Harper Smith  Instagram | Website.

She’s so Nous! Meet, Olivia ~

1. How old are you?

16 years old.

2. Where are you from?

Lyons, Kansas.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?

Telepathy so that I could read minds and know things before others!

4. have you ever prank called somebody?

Yes, I have and my Aunt Maggimae does it with me when we’re bored! (sometimes not every time)

4. Which emoji would best capture your essence? 

💁🏼

5. what’s your favorite weekend activity?

I like skateboarding, hanging out with friends, eating and sleeping. 🙂

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

I save the best for last and eat the not-so-good ones fast and first…. or just give them away.

7. Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I think that there is beauty in everything even if it doesn’t look so beautiful. If i had to choose a place, I would pick Yosemite!

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

I am very passionate about equality and love for everyone and every living thing because we all deserve to be treated equal/have the same rights no matter our differences.

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

My greatest achievement would have to be making it into Lionaires which is the best singers from my school in a group. we get to travel and go to contests together!

9. how many bones have you broken?

I have broken 2 bones (so far) – My right arm and my left pinky knuckle.

10. Do you have any mottos you live by?

“Be scared and do it anyway.” – Unknown

 

Olivia and her aunt, Maggimae (also with Nous), looking stunning in a couple shots by Patrick Park.

Click on video below to see more! ~


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