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Nous model, Aliya Protto, has only been signed with us since the beginning of twenty-eighteen – yet, her experience in the entertainment industry is already layered with success.

As a newly-retired USA athlete, Aliya has spent over a decade of her life performing in the competitive sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Now that she has officially transitioned into the modeling-sphere, we became eager to learn her backstory, understanding the wisdom that comes along with competing in a national sport. To read about her journey, as well as gain insight as to how rhythmic gymnastics has influenced Aliya’s modeling strengths, take a glance below:

 

 

Flashback to a young Aliya, who’s about to ‘get the ball rolling’ with her Rhythmic Gymnastics career.

1. At what age did you start participating in Rhythmic Gymnastics?

I started Rhythmic gymnastics when I was seven years old.

2. What motivated you to partake in Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Rhythmic actually kind of came to me. I was scouted outside of a gymnastics school, and went to a few trial classes. After that, my mother told me: “Ali, you can’t do gymnastics and take all these other recreational classes. Either it’s Rhythmic or you stay in swimming, art, and all those other activities.”

So, from there, I had made up my mind to stay with Rhythmic and gave up everything else. That was the first time I’d fallen in love with something.

 

Aliya training for her next competition.

3. When training, how many hours a week, on average, did you participate in rhythmic gymnastics?

On average we would train about 25 hours a week. During competitive season, we would train anywhere from 4 to sometimes 7-8 hours a day. Usually these hours were broken up, but sometimes they were all in one big chunk, which could be grueling!  National Team camps and international training sessions were the most intense, but they were also an honor to be a part of, and extremely rewarding.

4.  Describe your daily life as a professional athlete.

My professional training really picked up in my teen years, after I had made the National Team at the age of 16.

My daily life became: wake up, go to first practice in the morning, come home to study/finish my homework, squeeze in a quick nap if time allowed, and then I would be off to a second evening practice. I would usually get home around nine, have dinner, study some more, go to bed, and then be ready to do the same thing the next day.

Aliya taken by Marcel Indik.

 

Aliya Protto (USA) competing in 2015.

5. What ‘life tools’ do you feel rhythmic gymnastics has taught you that you may not have gotten anywhere else?

Towards the end of my career, I really learned to not care what other people thought of me. At first, it was extremely intimidating when I started to compete on the world stage, with such amazing gymnasts. I felt very insecure, like I didn’t totally belong. But, as time went on I just came to this realization that none of it mattered, I didn’t need validation anymore because I understood that I was “enough” the way I was.

It also taught me the importance of being passionate about something. Life isn’t perfect, and things don’t always happen the way you want them to, but it’s all irrelevant if you’re passionate about what you do. Passion is the force that keeps you moving forward, no matter what life throws at you!

6. What was your single greatest achievement in rhythmic gymnastics?

There were some really amazing moments, but the single greatest was in 2016. I was Senior All-Around Champion at Pacific Rim, winning 5 gold medals! I was happy because, in that competition, I was totally in the zone, and I had so much fun performing. It made the event all the more special!

 

Aliya – USA Gymnastics Championships 2015.

7. What was the hardest move to master in rhythmic gymnastics? How did you feel when you accomplished it?

There were sooooo many, haha! I cant really single one out, but the feeling of mastering a trick or a move is exhilarating. It’s that moment that everything clicks and falls into place, and just creates this amazing mix of joy, relief, and excitement!

8. Were there any role models that inspired you?

Omg Yes! I looked up to so many beautiful gymnasts that I still admire even today. There was the beautiful Anna Bessonova from Ukraine, Irina Tchachina and Evgenia Kanaeva from Russia, and Liubov Charkashyna from Belarus! They were the reasons I pushed and trained so hard because I wanted to be on the world stage like them!

9. It’s no secret that rhythmic gymnastics is an extremely physical sport. What were some of the things that you did to upkeep your fitness?

Aliya’s digitals taken by Nous Model Management.

A lot of what we did revolved around stretching, technique, strengthening, and diet. We stretched everyday to stay flexible and keep muscles lean. We did many hours of ballet for technique, and strengthening exercises to keep strong and maintain proper form. We also had to maintain a very healthy diet and very little body fat, to ensure we could jump high and maintain speed throughout our performances.

10. On any given day, what would have been the top reason that may have deterred you from practicing?

Pretty much being sick with the flu and not being able to remove my body from my bed!!!

11. What was (or is) your favorite song to work out to?

I had two! One was “Lean On” by Major Lazer! That was my workout & pre-performance jam, I listened to that song before going into the gym! The other one was “The Fire”  by the Roots, that song I also listened to religiously while warming up before a competition!

12. What inspired you to transition into modeling?

Aliya modeling for Lululemon.

Being in rhythmic, I felt very connected to the arts. It incorporated the art of movement, expression, grace, music (considering we performed to songs that came from various musical categories) —we even had beautiful ornate costumes! So to me, the idea of modeling, and the idea of being a part fashion seemed like a perfect fit. I saw modeling as being a part of another world of art, and I felt that would be the best transition for me.

13. Thus far, have you had the opportunity work with any athletic brands since joining Nous? What was it like to work with these brands?

Yes I have! I have booked quite a few jobs with Lululemon, which has been such a fun experience!! It was exciting for me having the opportunity to model clothing that my teammates and I used to train in, as well as being able to showcase some of my skills for the brand!

14. Is there anything that rhythmic gymnastics and modeling have in common?

Actually yes, in both areas I find that the way of telling a story is very much the same. You cant speak in either modeling or when performing in Rhythmic, so you have to really rely on your facial expression and body movements to really communicate and express yourself.

Aliya’s digitals taken by Nous Model Management.

 

15. Do you still participate in rhythmic gymnastics on occasions for fun?

Not as much. My main focus now is modeling, but I still will get out my equipment every now and then and play around a bit, and still work on maintaining my flexibility.

16. Do you feel that having a background in Rhythmic Gymnastics has helped transition you into the modeling world? In what way?

Absolutely!

Rhythmic really gave me some tough skin, and I think that has helped me so much in pursuing modeling. It has given me that “I don’t quit” mindset, and even when things don’t go smoothly, there is this resilience that my former athletic mind has instilled in me. It has also given me a great understanding of my body and how it moves, which I feel is essential for modeling as well. I feel that this aspect makes me different, and that I can bring something different to the table besides just a pretty face. It has also served me very well in the aspect of discipline, and hard work. At the end of it all, nobody cared if you were tired or things were hard, the only thing they remembered was if you did your job, and did it well.

 

Aliya is all smiles as she accepts her award.

 

Can’t get enough of Aliya? Take a look at this video of her competing in the 2015 USA Gymnastics Championship:

 

 

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

During the past couple weeks, it’s no secret that ‘June Gloom’ has been making its rounds throughout the city of Los Angeles. Yet, as Flaunt Magazine began their poolside chats with Nous Models, the sun couldn’t help but shine brightly. For Flaunt, all of their previous #poolaroid chats have been exciting, but this particular event brought something new to the table: commemorating Flaunt Magazine’s upcoming 20th birthday.

Therefore, having just celebrated Nous Model Management’s 20th anniversary this past February, we shared their enthusiasm. Being in business for two decades is a great achievement, and our girls, Aliya , Kendall Harris, and Moe Stuck, were eager to celebrate alongside Flaunt. The timeless, “Would You Rather,” game was the honorable poolside activity, touching base on all things from birthdays, fantasy parties, and their best wishes for Flaunt’s big 2-0.

To find out what Aliya, Kendall, and Moe’s answers were, as well as glimpse at some snaps from their cheerful day under the sun, take a look below:

 

Aliya Protto

 

FM: Best ever bday present you got and worst. Best: a journal.

AP: Worst: A wig. A QVC old lady wig.

FM: What did you do for your 20th bday?

AP: I was in Estonia competing at a rhythmic gymnast meet. I was training my butt off and my friends got me one piece of chocolate because that’s all I was allowed to have (coach said no chocolate).

FM: What do you wish to Flaunt for 20th?

AP: Longevity, success, and a huge bouquet of flowers.

Would you rather?

FM: Have a surprise party or plan it yourself?

 

AP: Surprise party. Plan it myself & I will get overwhelmed & cancel.

FM: Magician or clown?

AP: Magician. I hate clowns, they scare me.

FM: Disney Princess or Wild West party theme?

AP: Wild West party.

FM: Red velvet or ice cream cake?

AP: Red velvet. I love ice cream but not ice cream cake.

FM: Stripper in a cake or karaoke bar?

AP: Stripper in a cake; I can’t sing.

FM: Who would you rather have perform at your party: The Spice Girls or a hologram of Prince?

AP: Hologram of Prince, I think I would start crying.

 

 

Kendall Harris

 

 

FM: Best ever bday present you got and worst.

KH: Best: 2 cats that I bought myself. Worst: nothing.

FM: What did you do for your 20th bday?

KH: I moved to LA. My mom and I went on a Hollywood van tour.

FM: What do you wish to Flaunt for 20th?

KH: 20 more great years!!

Would you rather?

FM: Have a surprise party or plan it yourself? 

KH: Surprise party

 

FM: Magician or clown? 

KH: Both awful! Tarot card reader.

FM: Disney Princess or Wild West party theme?

KH: Wild West.

FM: Red velvet or ice cream cake?

KH: Ice cream cake.

FM: Stripper in a cake or karaoke bar?

KH: Karaoke Bar.

FM: Who would you rather have perform at your party: The Spice Girls or a hologram of Prince?

KH: Spice Girls.

 

 

Moe Stuck

 

FM: Best ever bday present you got and worst.

MS: Best: Stand out 21st birthday! My man got me scrapbook photo album with all our adventures because it meant so much to me. It was so much work and so out of character for him.

Worst- grateful for anything! Never got a bad gift, even a card means a lot more than an item. Worst is something very expensive because it would make me feel uncomfortable and show you don’t know me at all.

FM: What did you do for your 20th bday?

MS: College dinner, no money, not 21, stuck in small town, dinner with family, grandma, and mom. Iowa college.

FM: What do you wish to Flaunt for 20th?

MS: Original-cake with 20 candles; everyone can share it.

Would you rather?

FM: Have a surprise party or plan it yourself? 

MS: Surprise party, fun and spontaneous.

FM: Magician or clown?

MS: Magician.

FM: Disney Princess or Wild West party theme?

MS: Wild West party.

FM: Red velvet or ice cream cake?

MS: Ice cream, heck yeah!

FM: Stripper in a cake or karaoke bar?

MS: Karaoke bar, are you kidding me!?

FM: Who would you rather have perform at your party: The Spice Girls or a hologram of Prince?

MS: Spice Girls, tough choice.

 

 

 

Can’t get enough of these poolside sessions?

Take a look at the original article on Flaunt Magazine‘s website to view more.

Aliya Protto – Portfolio | Instagram.

Kendall Harris – Portfolio | Instagram.

Moe Stuck – Portfolio | Instagram.

Photographer – Jose Cervantes | InstagramWebsite.

Producer – Linda Nyvltova | Instagram.

Producer – Andie Eisen.

 

It’s that time of the year again: the sun is out, the birds are chirping, and prom is finally here!  

 Prom is perhaps one of the most unforgettable moments of high school. If you’re struggling to find that perfect dress, jumping from store to store, look no further as we have got you covered. 😉

Looking for something that will fit your vibe? Check out Nous Models (Ashley, Bridget, CamrynChonzie, Maitlyn, + Tori)  rocking some of our favorite looks, ranging from light pastels to bright jewel tones. By taking a look at our list, you can toss aside all that dress-xiety and focus on the most important part of prom night…. having fun! 

To get inspired, peep below:

 

Ashley in “Calla Dress” by Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Wine” dress by Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Cobalt” dress from Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Ashley in “La Rosa Gown” from Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Emerald” dress from Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Tori in “Mock Neck Mermaid Gown” From Forever 21:

 

Maitlyn in Dress by Azazie, taken by Nicole Balsamo.

 

 

Camryn wearing a camisole from Escada, Victoria Hayes‘ skirt, and Sam Edelman Shoes.

Photographed by JJ Jimenez for Soon is Today Magazine.

 

Ashley in “Primrose Gown” from Lurelly:

 Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Azalea Gown” from LL Bridal.

 

 

Ashley wearing “Tulip Deep V Gown” from Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

 

Bridget in “Flower Sparks Blush Party Dress” by Emerald Sundae.

Catalogue shots by Patrick Maus.

 

Tori in “Plunging Twist-front Tulip Dress” from Forever 21.

 

 

Bridget in “Off Shoulder Sweetheart Bodycon in Wine” dress by Emerald Sundae.

Catalogue shot by Patrick Maus.

 

Maitlyn in dress by Azazie:

Photographed by Nicole Balsamo.

 

Maitlyn wearing “Azazie Julianna” dress by Azazie:

Photographed by Nicole Balsamo.

 

And don’t forget about accessories!  Modeling for Claire’s, we adore the flower crown that Chonzie rocked:

 

 

Bridget for Emerald Sundae, shot by Patrick Maus.

 

Can’t get enough of these lovely Nous ladies?

Check out their portfolio, and follow them on Instagram!:

Ashley – Portfolio | Instagram
Bridget – Portfolio | Instagram
Camryn Herold  – Portfolio | Instagram
Chonzie – Portfolio | Instagram
Maitlyn – Portfolio | Instagram
Tori – Portfolio | Instagram

On stands now!

The lovely Amy Bracco Biden met with Dveight Magazine (Tastemakers: Issue 9) to discuss everything from her family-life, how social media has changed the game, as well as her personal style and hobbies. To read the article, view below:

 

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Behind the Scenes:

 

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

Check out Dveight Magazine and follow them on Instagram.

Hair – Michael Thomas Slollo | Instagram, Website.

MUA – Moani Lee | Instagram, Website.

Creative Director  – John Paul Tran | Instagram, Website.

 

Well, the time has finally come! Alyssa Miller has just updated her vintage line, Pilgrim, and we couldn’t be more excited about the new arrivals. Her line, consisting prior of only vintage clothing, has expanded its inventory to including her first collection of handbags and travel accessories. Vogue called it, “the Boho luggage of your dreams,” and after scrolling through the line, we couldn’t agree more! Take a look below to see a preview of her new inventory:

 

The Rose Handbag: Exclusively at Pilgrim

 

“Every rose has its thorns right? Not this beauty. Prepare yourself for a lot of compliments.  Hand made in Mexico using sustainably sourced leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede lining.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

The Paloma HatboxExclusively at Pilgrim

 

“The Paloma makes our hearts flutter. The hatbox of our dreams. Designed to protect your hats while you travel or just be your go to weekender. The elasticated pocket is designed to fit most laptops and don’t forget the handy passport pocket as well.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

The Sonder Briefcase: Exclusively at Pilgrim

 

“The Sonder case is a little more than your average briefcase. This versatile piece has an elasticated pocket that perfectly fits your laptop, and notebooks. There is also a handy pocket perfectly designed to fit your passport and smart phone. With plenty of room for a change of clothes, your toiletries, camera, whatever you may need close at hand through out your work day or your travels.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

…and if you need something to accompany your new Pilgrim hand bag, this bag tag is the perfect cherry on top!:

 

Custom Luggage TagExclusively at Pilgrim

 

“Add a personal touch to your Pilgrim pieces with this customizable luggage tag. Three letters maximum. Please allow extra time for shipping.”

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These vintage items below are pre-loved and has been chosen for their unique characteristics that come with time. Fading, wearing, and other abnormalities display each item’s history and add to its character and charm:

80’s Puff Sleeve Blouse:

 

 

70’s Embroidered Crop Top:

 

Embroidered Kimono Top:

 

 

70’s Knit Gown:

 

 

Denim 70’s Jumpsuit:

 

Rare 60’s Navy Patent Leather Coat:

 

Black 70’s Dead Stock Wrangler Suit:

 

 

 

 

Love what you see thus far? Shop the rest of Alyssa Miller’s Pilgrim line by clicking this link.

Can’t get enough Alyssa Miller? Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photography – Harper Smith Instagram | Website.

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.

Small town girl with big dreams! Nothing inspires us more than the transformation Moe took on when she decided to leave her hometown for the City of Angels. To learn more about her journey, take a peek below:

Moe taken by Wes Klain.

 

1. Name:

Hello! My name is Monique Marie Stuck A.K.A Moe.

2. Where are you from (City, State): 

I was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, home of the rolling plains & cornfields!

 

3. What were the first steps that you took after deciding to move to California?:

SAVE MONEY!!! Then, naturally, I attempted to plan it all out detail by detail for about three months in advance, only to find out that LA doesn’t do anything one month in advance, let alone three! So, after pulling my hair out up until about a week before we left, I gave up, booked an airbnb, and decided that I would drive cross-country. If it was meant to be, it would all work out if I tried hard enough. If it didn’t work out, I knew it would make for a great adventure!

A little Moe thinking about all the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

4. What initially prompted you to move to Los Angeles?:

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to experience living elsewhere the first chance that I got. It just so happened that chance came after graduating college. As for my decision to move to LA… that was fueled by the fact that it was one of the few places I had already traveled to and really enjoyed. Do I think I’ll be here forever? Probably not. But LA is a great place to start with its limitless opportunity and beautiful weather.

5. What was something that stuck out to you/inspired you when you first arrived in LA?:

People in and around the city are much more health conscious in terms of leading active lifestyles and what kind of foods they’re eating. I’ve learned how important the foods you’re putting into your body is for your overall wellbeing. There are also so many fun ways to keep fit and healthy here! I’ve been inspired to seek out all these new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Moe enjoying her day out in nature.



I didn’t know much about things like pilates, yoga, cross-fit, boxing… I mean the list goes on and on! And don’t even get me started on how amazing the food choices are here. If you had asked me about going to a vegan restaurant before I lived in LA, I would probably have rolled my eyes. Now, I really do understand the hype. It’s amazing how much happier you can become when you open your eyes up to new things and educate yourself on what being healthy really means. Here in L.A., it’s a lifestyle and it’s fun, delicious, and exciting!
 

Moe at Boxing Class.

Moe taking in the view of the wild, wild west.

Moe shot by Alina Schessler.

6. Did you find it easy to ‘fit in’ in Los Angeles? What advice would you give a prospective model who fears that they may struggle with this?

I have never really “fit in” and I still don’t. I would never tell an aspiring model moving to LA on what they should do to fit in. LA is perhaps the best example of a city made up of “transplants” (people from other cities and countries who move here). I think it’s one of the reasons why it’s such a fun and exciting place to live because it’s made up of all these unique cultures and flavors. That wouldn’t happen if people didn’t stay true to who they were and where they were from.

My advice to anyone who’s struggling to “fit in” in a new place or even in the same place you’ve been for years – STOP TRYING TO FIT IN! We are all different and weird in our own unique way. Just be the best version of yourself and naturally, people with similar values will gravitate towards you.

 

7. How have you managed to stay humble in Los Angeles?  

Well for one, I was raised to believe that every person is equal and should be treated with respect and kindness regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how financially secure they are. That very principle is the foundation in which I was taught to build everything else.

Moe giving her biggest smile after cheering.

I was also taught to work hard for the things I want. Everything I have, I’ve had to work hard for and I know that if I want anything greater, I must continue to do so. I knew it was going to be tough sometimes and there would be days where I second guessed moving here, but I arrived here in a good mindset, with a happy soul, and I’ve only grown since then. I’m not saying I don’t have bad days (or even weeks), we all do, but I feel that I have really good, strong core values and those align with always trying to stay humble.

I think that appreciating your successes and accepting there will be failures along the way are both keys to remaining humble. I try to do things that reinforce that, like listening to Oprah’s super soul conversations on apple podcast and reading inspirational books!

 

8. Is there something particular that you feel new-comers to L.A. may potentially struggle with that you feel is preventable?

I can’t stress how important it is to surround yourself with the right group of people, not just remotely in Los Angeles, but anywhere. I’ve been lucky enough to have a group of friends here, as well as a family back in Iowa, that are so supportive and genuine. They all are also willing to remind me of how lucky I am to live where I do and have a career in modeling. That helps me stay grounded more than anything.

Moe twinning with her Mom. 

9. Out of your family, who is your biggest cheerleader? How have they expressed support for your dreams? (If you could include a photo of this family member with you – that would be awesome!)

My mother and my grandmother. They both support me in completely opposite ways. One is my limitless cheerleader while the other my voice of careful reason. They are both a force of nature!

My Mom is a single mother of six children. My grandmother is a single mother of two and has been confined to a wheelchair since she was in her early twenties after a plane crash. I always say that the amount of calamity that has taken place within our family would put the soaps to shame, Hahah! However, never once have I heard that been used as an excuse as to why something couldn’t be done. The words “I’m a single mother” and “I don’t have working legs” were never part of their vocabulary and it wasn’t until I left home, was on my own that I realized how hard both their lives must have been. Yet, they both went through life with all their hardships so strongly. Nothing has given me greater support for my dreams than having both of them as examples to show me I can do anything regardless the setbacks I have faced in life. They taught me to use my worst experiences as motivation and growth, rather than use them to hold me back.

 

Moe looking adorable in her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

10. What is the biggest difference between Los Angeles and your hometown?

After asking this question to a fellow Iowan friend, who also resides here in LA, her answer was TIME. She stated that time seemed to go at such a different pace than it did here in LA. Then I thought about my own answers such as traffic, population, and weather. I realized that all these things added up to TIME and how much more of it you seem to have in Council Bluffs, Iowa. All the commotion of the big city and even the beautiful weather all year round, make time go by so fast!

10. Is there anything that your hometown has in common with Los Angeles?:

We both have great food!

Moe rocking a simple white wardrobe, complimented with a fashionable pair of Pooh Bear slip-ons. Definitely a fashionista from the start!

 

11. In your opinion, what is one of your most valuable lessons that you’ve acquired after being raised in Iowa?:

Simplicity.

It’s not really a lesson, but I feel that it’s one of the most defining factors in how Iowa made me, well, ME! Iowa is comprised of mostly small towns, except for a few cities. When you don’t have 4 million people bustling around a town, life is much simpler.

The simplicity of my small town taught me humbleness, compassion, generosity, honesty, commitment, and most important of all, gratitude. When your town offers less to do in comparison to a big city, you appreciate and get excited about little things, like driving to Walmart with your mom to get groceries! I learned to truly value the little things, which is a lesson I’m finding out myself because I’m slowly realizing, that the little things are all that really matters.

 

12. Is there anything specific in Iowa that you wish you could put into your pocket and bring to Los Angeles, but can’t?:

My family, so every time I experienced something new and exciting, they could be right there with me.

13. Are there any stereotypes about Iowa that you feel should be put to rest?:

That we all live on farms, own a tractor, and say ‘Merica!

14. Do you ever feel homesick? How do/did you cope?:

Yes. I miss my family, but technology makes things a lot easier to cope. I love Iowa and wouldn’t trade my experience growing up there for anything. It will always have such a special meaning to me. I think it helps considering how many people in LA aren’t from LA; everyone understands the difficulties of being away from home.

Moe hiking the coastline of California.

15. Are there any new hobbies that you have adapted to since moving to Los Angeles?:

Hiking! It’s free and it makes my soul dance.

16. Has there ever been a favored moment in LA where you had to pinch yourself and say “this is surreal?”:

Yes! When Nous signed me I remember thinking, “this is surreal because I look like an ogre a lot of the time,” Hahaha! No but really, Nous was my number one pick in representation so getting that offer was a very surreal experience. I still have to pinch myself now and then to make sure my life is real.

17. How long did it take for you to feel ‘at home’ in Los Angeles?:

It’s weird because that feeling, of being at home, left me when I was about 14 and I didn’t get it back until about a year ago. I think home is where your soul feels most at rest and happy. I don’t think it’s constant, either. Everyone experiences that feeling at different times and I don’t think it’s entirely dependent on where you are, but rather how you are.

19. Do you have any other advice for prospective models that are looking to move to Los Angeles?:

JUST DO IT. If you have the right mindset, you’ll know that regardless what comes of the leap, the one thing you can be certain of is that it will make for an amazing adventure and a life changing experience.

Just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. What modeling looks like in the magazines and on the TV shows is much different than what it is actually like in real life – for most of us. You have to take care of your body and work hard, there is always going to be an element of rejection involved with the casting process, and you will be pushed out of your comfort zone at times – but hey, that’s true for anything worthwhile!

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Spring has just begun, but we’re already thrilled for Autumn after looking through Ashley Moore’s stunning new shoot for Sal Parasuco’s 2018 Fall Lookbook. Ashley, being the face of the modern brand, appears captivating and edgy, making us all want to party like a rock star! To view the full shoot, scroll down:

Peek the video from the shoot below:


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Photographer – Nina Hawkins | Instagram and Website.

Makeup Artist – Diane Dasilva | Instagram.

Hair Stylist – Rob Talty | Instagram.

 

With a new year on the horizon, people are embracing retrospection and reevaluating the impact that 2017 played on their lives.  In an effort to learn from, as well as celebrate each and everyday, we asked Nous girls, Maggimae and Logan to reflect on what made 2017 stand out, as well what they are anticipating for the upcoming year. Read below to find out what they have planned for in their next chapter!:

Hi ladies! Thank you for sharing your time with our readers. Pick three words to describe 2017.

Maggimae: Happy. Busy. Fun.

Logan: Relentless. Far-fetched. Prosperous. 2017 has easily been the wildest year of my life! It threw new challenges and opportunities at me left and right. It also led me to great friendships and revealed the best support team I could ever imagine.

Maggimae having a blast in her home state of Kansas.

Did you travel anywhere? If so, where?

Maggimae: As usual, I went back to Kansas for some of the summer to see my family and that’s always the best ever! My parents also got a house in New Mexico on the river up in the mountains (also 4 miles away from a natural hot springs) so I additionally traveled there. It’s so gorgeous and inspiring to be in nature!! I want to be a mountain woman someday, haha.

Logan: Yes! I think my 2017 consisted of half land-time, half air-time. In the first week of January, I flew to Shanghai, China to model for the agency, Feliz! I lived there for three months and then flew home to Minnesota for about two weeks until I was in the air again! After those two weeks, I made my way to Mexico City to model for the agency, Wanted! Once I returned home, I planned my initial week trip to Los Angeles to interview with modeling agencies! It did not take me long to pack my life into my car, round-up my parents, and start the twenty-seven-hour drive to my new home in Los Angeles!

Logan on set in Shanghai, China.

What was an unexpected joy this past year?

Logan: I really did not expect to like the food in Shanghai, China as much as I did! I will confess that sometimes I was unsure of what I was eating but for the most part, it was really good! Shamelessly admitting that I ate the street food for dinner almost every night!

Most overused phrase during this past year?

Maggimae: “Dead.”

(Urban Dictionary Translation: When you’re passed the point of something being hilariously funny; when you’ve laughed as hard as you possibly can!)

Logan modeling for Nupcias Magazine in Mexico City.

Was there a goal that you accomplished in 2017 that you can now cross off your bucket list?

Logan: There are two things I can now check off my bucket list! The first one was to be on a billboard. When I was in Mexico City, I shot for Liverpool’s Thats It back-to-school campaign! The photos were being used all over Mexico City including on billboards!! It was definitely an exciting surprise to see when I was walking around the city! I can also cross “climb a pyramid” off of my bucket list! When my parents came to visit me in Mexico City, I took them to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon! It was such a great experience with an even better view. I am happy I got to experience the climb with my parents!

If you had to pick only one, what was one of your favorite jobs that you booked this past year? Why?

Maggimae modeling alongside her BFF and fellow Nous Model, Britt, for Boys & Arrows.

Maggimae: I would have to say the Boys and Arrows campaign. It was super fun to shoot with my BFF Britt, stay in a hotel with her, and shoot with a really creative crew. It was basically just us dancing around and having fun the whole time at the shoot. Def more play than work!

Logan: One of my favorite jobs from this past year took place when I was living in Mexico City! I got booked to shoot two editorials for the bridal magazine, Nupcias (pictured above). The company flew the crew and myself to a resort in Punta Mita where we stayed for almost a week! The resort was beyond beautiful and the crew was incredibly fun so it pretty much felt like a vacation!

 

Did you discover any new effective ways to spend your time this past year? (Planning methods, new hobbies, etc.)

Maggimae: My mom taught me how to macrame so I have been making super cute plant hangers. Also this year I have been doing lots of different kinds of hikes around LA. It’s really is gorgeous here!

Logan: There are a few new hobbies I have picked up this past year that I really enjoy doing in my down time. One of them is to write letters either to friends (both from home and the friends I have met along the way) and also to family members. Who doesn’t love getting mail?! Plus, writing really helps me relax and de-stress for the night so it’s a win-win situation. Another way that I use my time is by doing research on literally anything and everything. There is an endless amount of information we can learn and it is always fun to expand our knowledge!!

 

Logan rocking her favorite bell bottom jeans.

What was your most worn clothing item of 2017?

Maggimae: My vintage Levi‘s denim jacket. It goes with evvvverything!

Logan: That would be my Flying Monkey bell-bottom blue jeans! They are SO COMFORTABLE. It is hard to find bell-bottom jeans that are the right length, but these are perfect. They are made for being travel day and casual day pants!

Name a trend that you’d like to see continue from last year into this upcoming year.

Logan: Talking fashion, the trend that I would like to see continue into 2018 is the 70’s and 80’s style of clothing! I loved the wide-leg flares of the 70’s, but also fell in love with florals and pinstripes of the 80’s. Really anything that is a “blast from the past” trend is something I will be excited about!

If there was one thing you could change about 2017, what would it be?

Logan: I would change my answers from “no” to “yes” when being asked to hangout or go out! I want to work on stepping out of my comfort zone and start saying “yes” more to invitations. If I would have agreed to these invites, I might have made more friends, more memories, and I would have been available for more opportunities!

Maggimae: Anything I worried or stressed about because, as always, everything turns out okay!

What were some of the best books that you read during this past year that you are eager to recommend?

Maggimae: I know it’s late and I’ve had the book since like 2011, but ‘The Secret.”  If you actually apply the tips that it says for you to do each day, it really is helpful with dealing with the small, stressful stuff in life!

Maggimae with her two dates for New Years!

Do you have any exciting New Years Plans? If so, how are you celebrating?

Maggimae: I always love spending New Years in hanging out with my furbabies so I wake up refreshed for the new year. 🙂

What is something that you are looking forward to this year?

Logan: I am looking forward to making California my home! I will be building new relationships and gaining new experiences this coming year and I cannot wait to see what that involves!

What are you hoping for more of this coming year?

Maggimae: Start booking commercials!

Pick three New Year Resolutions that you hope to stick with throughout this upcoming year.

Logan: Learn another language (Spanish) and become bilingual, Volunteer more on the weekends, Say yes to adventures.

Maggimae: POSITIVITY (always try to see the good in people and situations), health (stick with working out and eating lots of greens and fruit), and to enjoy the little things/be grateful!

Logan shot by Matt Shouse.

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Maggimae shot by Creative Smiles.

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