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She’s so Nous! Meet, Dakota ~

 

Name?:

Dakota Marquiss.

How old are you?:

I just turned 16.

Where are you from?:

I am from Los Angeles, California.

If you could chose, what superpower would you have?:

I would want to be able to read minds, for no reason other than I think that would be really funny.

 

What is the most beautiful place on earth?:

The most beautiful place on earth is Saint John, USVI. I never knew places like that actually existed until I discovered it. It would be my dream to go there someday.

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

Meat! I have been vegan for almost a year now and I truly love it. Many people think they could never go without meat or dairy, but after just cutting it all out I feel amazing about what I am putting into my body and just over all how I’m living.

What is your favorite era of music and why?:

Even though I was not alive during this time, I love music from the 1980’s. I think that there were many talented musicians back then, as well as there being much more complexity put into the music than there is now.

Do you believe in ghosts?:

I 100% believe in ghosts!  

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

I try to save them for last, but let’s be honest…they always go first.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

My favorite soundtrack is Grease. I actually have a playlist with all of the songs on it so I can listen to it all of the time.

What is your dream pet?:

I would definitely like to own a sloth. I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted one!

Do you have a book that changed your life?:

A book that changed my life was, “The Glass Castle”, by Jeannette Walls. This book really shows you what other people around you are going through and not to take what you have for granted.

 


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Aliya ~

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Name?

Aliya Protto.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA.

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

 I am most passionate about traveling and seeing new places. Some of my favorite life experiences came from traveling and meeting new people. So anytime I get to go somewhere new I’m super stoked.

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

I’m not a picky person when it comes to food, but the one thing I can absolutely not eat is cottage cheese! Tried it once, and it was one time too many!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Do you have a book that has changed your life?

My favorite book that has had such a positive impact on my life is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” This book has taught me a lot about achieving my goals and just going with the flow in life.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The little tiger emoji! 🐯

Do you have any lucky memorabilia? Why is it lucky?

Elephants with their trunks up are my lucky charms. They are supposed to bring wisdom and strength, and they are also one of my favorite animals!

What’s your favorite 1990’s/2000’s jam?

My fav jam from the early 2000’s  was Aaliyah’s “Try again!” I used to listen to that song all the time. It always got me super pumped up and made me secretly wish I was a pop star!

Is there band/musician you would drive across the country to see?

 I would totally drive across the country to see Kendrick Lamar perform. He is one of my favorite artists. I love his style and I think that he is incredibly talented.

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?

 If I could choose to have someone’s wardrobe it would be Holly Golightly’s from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! She has the most chic, elegant, and classic wardrobe! I would be the happiest girl if I got to walk around in some of her outfits.

Who is your role model, and why?

I have many role models that inspire me in different ways, but one of the people I still look up to is Franca Sozzani, former editor- in-chief of Vogue Italia. Though she has passed, her charm and strength is still so inspiring. I look back at the many magazines she has edited and am always amazed at her vision and creative influence.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

A nice hot cup of tea as I work on some of my many unfinished paintings! It is my favorite way to wind down after a hectic week and get my creative juices flowing!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Emma ~

Name?:

Emma Surmon

Where are you from?:

Calgary, Canada (… and yes I love maple syrup).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

It’s hard to say what books have changed my life, but I’m currently making my way through reading all of Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies and they are some of my favorite books of all time. They really opened my eyes to a different life experience than my own by telling the story of such an amazing and inspiring woman.  I highly recommend her first novel, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” to everyone.

Emma x H&M, featured in Times Square, New York City.

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

One of the things I am most proud of in terms of modeling achievements was being on a Billboard in Times Square for a job I did with H&M! I had no idea that it was going to happen, which made it such a surreal experience. It was so crazy seeing myself 20 feet tall and in the center of New York City. That is an image I will never forget and I am so grateful for the opportunities afforded to me.

Which superpower would you want to have? 

Teleportation — without a doubt. Sometimes modeling requires SO much traveling. It would be amazing to just teleport to my job and not have to take a red-eye halfway across the world! That being said, I LOVE traveling, but teleporting would make always having any luggage exceed 50 lbs. much less stressful.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why? 

One of the most beautiful places on earth is Bermuda. Little known fact — I lived in Bermuda for 6 years of my childhood and have the most amazing and beautiful memories of the beaches there. The island is right in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and is so isolated and beautiful. If you ever get the opportunity I would highly recommend a trip there, the pink sand beaches are beyond compare.

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

Meat!! I’ve been a vegetarian for around 5 years now, and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There are so many amazing foods you can now indulge in that are completely cruelty-free, especially in LA! If you haven’t been to Cafe Gratitude yet, you have to go! It is some of the best food I have ever eaten. I guarantee that meat lovers and veggies alike will love it.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have overcome some of my fears, the biggest one being moving away from home and starting a life in career modeling by myself in a new country. It was very nerve-wracking for me to leave behind my tight-knit family and move to New York a couple of years ago, however, the opportunities that I have been able to experience because of it have been some of my most cherished memories. Nevertheless, some fears are harder to overcome. I’m still deathly afraid of spiders and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

Who was your childhood crush?

I was a big nerd growing up and my brother and I watched a LOT of Lord of the Rings. My first crush was Legolas, (played by Orlando Bloom) from the series. I thought I was going to marry him and continued to crush on him well into my teens.

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

If I were an animated character I think I would be Tina from Bobs Burgers. She is so hilarious and awkward and is definitely still finding her place in the world. Something I definitely relate to.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking! I absolutely love exploring nature and going on walks. Back home, in Calgary, I live near the Rocky Mountains so there are really amazing hikes you can do… when it’s warm enough that is! I’ve checked out a couple spectacular hikes in LA already and am so happy that there are great natural spaces nearby to the city.

How do you kick back and relax?

In an ideal world, I would kick back and relax on the beach every day and read a good book….. but normally I end up snuggled up in bed watching Shameless instead.


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Lexi ~

Name?:

Lexi Wood.

Where are you from?:

 Toronto, Canada.  

Which super power would you want to have?:

If i had to pick any super power, it would definitely be instant travel, where I could be anywhere I wanted by just the snap of my fingers!

What’s your guilty pleasure?:

My current guilty pleasure is eating Cheetos… puff Cheetos, crunchy Cheetos, jalapeño Cheetos…. all of the Cheetos.

 

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

Anywhere in the South of France! I love the vibes there. The fashion, and the weather is beautiful too!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

The angel face!  All my friends call me ‘Angel’ because I’m known for being very sweet and for being the good girl!

What are you most proud of?:

I’m most proud of my relationship with my family! My mom, dad, sister, and I are all best friends.

What’s your favourite 1990’s/2000’s jam?:

Candy by Mandy Moore! My sister took the funniest video of me doing a full-on dance routine to this song last week.

How would your best friend describe you?:

Kind, genuine, driven, grateful, strong, and empathetic.

 

What’s your go-to karaoke song?:

Dancing Machine by The Jackson 5.

What’s your favourite weekend activity?:

My favourite weekend activity is probably going to the Sunday flea market with my family/friends!

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

I love the sayings –  “Stand up for something even if it means standing alone” and “It’s already yours.”

I live by the first motto more-so in my personal life and the second one in my professional endeavors. I feel like, if you work hard and give your everything, while putting your heart/soul into your tasks, you can make anything happen!

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Ella ~

1. Where are you from?

Big Bear Lake, California.

2. How old are you?

I am thirteen-years-old.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?

If I could have a superpower, I would like to be able to talk to animals.

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

I loved when my family and I went on Safari in South Africa.  I felt this was the most beautiful place on earth because I was able to see so many animals living in and enjoying their natural habitat.

 

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

I will absolutely never eat tomatoes.

6. What is your favorite era of music and why?

My favorite era of music is any musical theater from any era.  I love to sing musical theater and maybe would like to have a career in theater someday.

7. If you needed one, what would your DJ name be?

My DJ name would be “E. double L. A”

8. What’s the most embarrassing trend that you gave into?

The most embarrassing trend I gave into was making “Musically.s”

 

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

I save the best flavors for last.

10. Is there band/musician you would drive across the country to see?

Yes! I would drive across the country to see Linn Manuel Miranda.

11. What is your dream pet? (It doesn’t have to be traditional!)

My dream pet is a goat.

12. How do you kick back and relax?

By listening to musical theater and being outside in nature.

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Logan ~

1. Name: 

I am Logan Miller!

2. Where are you from?: 

I am from the small town of Marshall, Minnesota.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?:

I would want to be able to fly. I love travelling and being able to fly would just be more convenient!

4. What’s your favorite 1990’s/2000’s jam?:

Easily any song by the Backstreet Boys. My sisters and cousins, used to and still do, play their music nonstop so I grew up listening to it!

5. Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?:

I LOVE Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) wardrobe in Friends. Every outfit she wears I wish was in my closet.

6. Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

That would have to be the first Cheetah Girls movie. Anytime it’s on you will catch my friends and me jammin’ out.

7. What makes you feel nostalgic?:

Driving down a quiet country road. I am from a small town so it reminds me of home 🙂

8. Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation would be sailing the islands!

9. Have you ever pranked called someone?:

Oh yeah, but isn’t that what all middle schoolers do????

10. What is your dream pet? (It doesn’t have to be traditional!):

I would love to have a lion as a pet. They are super fierce so they would be perfect for being on guard but also gigantic and furry so I could cuddle with them.

11. Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

The little nerd emoji with the glasses because I love being in classes and learning!

12. Do you have any mottos you live by?

“Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.”
– Walter Hagen

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Maddie ~

1. Name:

Maddie White

2. Where are you from?

I’m from a town in England called Preston, it’s on the north west coast close to Manchester.

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

Cilantro, if I see it in my food I have to pick every last piece out, I can’t stand the flavour!

4. What would the title of your memoir be? 

Definitely my Instagram bio – ‘what I lack in tit I make up for in wit’ I think it describes my dry sense of humour perfectly.

5. Where would you take your dream vacation? 

I would love to go to the pig beach in Exuma, the Bahamas. I think the pigs are so adorable and I can’t think of anything cooler than swimming in the ocean with them, give me a pig over a shark any day.

6. What is your dream pet? (It doesn’t have to be traditional!)

A raccoon, I’m a die hard fan of pumpkin the raccoon and I love how they use their hands to eat like people.

7. Has anything/anyone ever saved your life before?

I was on holiday with my family in Phuket, Thailand over Christmas and New Years in 2004. My mum and brother were off scuba diving and my dad and I decided to sleep in an extra 30 minutes that morning. The Boxing Day tsunami hit Phuket around 9.00am just as we were heading to the elevator. Luckily we were fine, as were my mum and brother who were safe out at sea, but had we got into the elevator 5 minutes earlier we would’ve been sat eating breakfast on the beachfront and wouldn’t have been so lucky.

8. What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Talenti Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream!

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

I actually like an even distribution of the best flavours, for example in a starburst pack I’ll eat the pink ones periodically, they’re something to look forward to while suffering through the other colours, so I’ll eat one of every colour before the pink and then restart the cycle-a bit anal I know!

10. What’s the most embarrassing trend that you gave into?

I’m not sure if you could call it a trend, but when I had braces I used to go for yellow and green bands. I thought they were super fun but in hindsight they just looked like I had yellow teeth or food stuck in them.

11. Who was your childhood crush? 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson! He was in a huge teen movie in England called ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ and he was just the biggest heart throb.

12. What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?

I was on a long haul red eye from Los Angeles to London, I always buy a bunch of snacks for the trip because it’s a 12 hour flight. I ended up sitting on a huge, half eaten bar of chocolate and fell asleep. I woke up as we were landing and stood up to disembark the plane and realized I was covered in chocolate. It was too late to use the plane bathroom so I had to shamefully walk all the way to, and through immigration with chocolate all over my butt and the back of my legs. I ended up listening to music with the volume all the way up, just to drown out the people around me laughing under their breath!


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How old are you?

15 years old.

Where are you from?

Phillips Ranch, California, United States of America.

What’s under your bed?

A very organized collection of shoes, in addition to boxes upon boxes of British magazines about the royal family.

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

I will not eat meat or gluten.  I have been a vegetarian my entire life, and I’ve been totally gluten free for a while now!

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

Definitely Cher’s from the movie Clueless.  I’ve scoured the internet for this yellow blazer and skirt set that she wears in the beginning, and have come up with absolutely nothing.

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Walking into the Grand Californian Hotel or Marceline’s Confectionary at Downtown Disney and just smelling that familiar aroma of caramel apples being made in the nearby window of the candy shoppe, and the forest pine air freshener they use in the main lobby of the hotel.

Favorite movie or tv show soundtrack?

1998’s The Parent Trap movie soundtrack with Lindsay Lohan.  It’s the remake, not the original!

What superpower would you want?

I would want to have a force field like Violet from The Incredibles, so that way if a bird starts flying toward me because I despise birds or if there is a really good sale, I can just put it up and be like “Nah ah, can’t touch the clothes!”

What’s one goal you definitely want to achieve this year?

I am definitely going to try and get my driver’s license before year’s end once I turn 16! But on a quirkier note, I’m trying to learn how to read the Russian Alphabet.  I only know like two letters so far, but you know it’s progress…

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I think the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Kensington Palace in London, and Honolulu, Hawaii are some of my favorites, and some of  the most beautiful places on Earth.  But one place that has really resonated with me is Disneyland, because you walk through the gates and essentially enter the imagination of one man. To me the imagination is one of the most beautiful, amazing places that you can reach wherever you are in the world.

Most valuable high school class you ever took?

It would have to be Spanish class because I love learning languages and learning about different cultures.  I’ve actually been taking it at school since I was eleven, so I’m really fortunate to have been able to take it for four years, have the most amazing teachers, and become really immersed in the language.

What inspires you the most?

I feel that art in all its forms brings so much inspiration and ideas to not just me, but to everyone.  I love going to museums because you get to be surrounded by so much creativity and individual interpretation.  I really love Keith Haring because his bright colors and simplistic shapes can be a huge canvas for creators to build upon.

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 How old are you?

I’m 15 years old.

Where are you from?

I was born in California, but raised in Hawaii, so that will always be my home. 🙂

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

I don’t know if I save the best for last or eat them first, but I definitely eat them in rainbow order… and I do the same with M&M’s!

Which superpower would you want?

If I could have a superpower I would be able to become a mermaid whenever I want, and be able to fly. (I can’t pick just one because they are both equally awesome!) 

Do you have a book that changed your life?

There’s too many to choose from– I’m a nerd when it comes to reading, I love it!!!

Have you ever prank called someone?

Let’s just say *67 was the first thing i ever memorized. 😉

What inspires you the most?

I’m incredibly inspired by creative people from all walks of life and their stories, photos, art, books, and movies. I’m always the person walking out of a movie theatre pretending to be a spy/pirate or something hahaha!

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

My fave is hands down the exclamation point–I use them all the time! However, my second favorites would be the colon and the parenthesis… because they make a smiley face! 🙂

Where would you take your dream vacation?

Honestly, I love traveling and would be happy just riding on a plane–it’s my favorite thing! I’d love to go anywhere tropical or with a big city, but I don’t think I’ve found my dream spot yet. I can’t wait to find it.

 

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most? 

That’s a tough one to answer because I want them all! I would have to say I’ve always loved the costumes from Pirates of The Caribbean, Mia from The Princess Diaries, and Kenzie from the series Lost Girl (Her punk and out-there clothing is the best). I love the style from 10 Things I Hate About You… and of course I’d kill to have the ENTIRE wardrobe Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) wears on Friends!

Are your feet the same size? 

I wish! My left foot is a little bigger, but just enough where I always feel a little squished.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

I definitely use 😂😂😂 wayyyyy too much because I always laugh so loud at everything! I also love 😈 and 😻

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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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