Fo Porter

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A guest post written by Fo Porter.   
Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 2.12.15 PM For me, Aerie is a five-letter word that brings inspiration and beauty not just to my world, but to thousands of girls and women from all walks of life. From the first casting with the amazing ladies of Aerie, I hoped and prayed I would land the job… I TRULY wanted to be a part of this movement! Aerie is paving the way for women just like me who want to feel 10000% comfortable in their own skin, and they are succeeding.linebreak

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I feel like deep down, even the most visually flawless person in the world has insecurities. Aerie is doing everything they can to change the culture around that and it’s phenomenally beautiful.

Instead of forever pointing to standards that make many say “I wish” or “why can’t I look like that?!” we should be embracing every last inch of who we are, loving it and flaunting it! It’s important to learn to admire and support others without putting ourselves down, and Aerie gets that on so many levels– it’s so refreshing!linebreak

 

  Aerie is a dream to work with, I mean a DA-REAM to work with! They treat us so well. I’ve never felt as comfortable with who I am, running around in undies and being a complete goof– it’s exhilarating!

The team makes all the models feel extraordinary by always having the best snacks and goodies on set, allowing us to give input on the styling for shoots (i.e.: What we would ACTUALLY wear, and what we feel most comfortable in) and encouraging us to be ourselves.

When you see the Aerie ads, photos, and videos, we truly ARE that happy, giggly, goofy, playful and beautiful. There’s no facade when it comes to the Aerie girls and what we’re about– it’s pure and from the heart!

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linebreakI want to give a massive THANK YOU to EVERY LAST one of you on the exceptional team at Aerie! (You know who you are!) Not only for being behind something this uplifting and liberating but for playing an important role in my life.

You’ve helped me overcome any self-doubt & negativity I may have, and allowed me to finally find a spark within myself; the spark that frees me to be myself and feel comfortable in my own skin. People spend their whole lives in search of this and I’m grateful the Aerie team helped me discover it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love ya’ll to the moon and back! 

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Shop more Aerie here.

Come see Fo hosting the Chill. Play. Move. Aerie REAL tour event here.

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

kissmaggiwest

KISS is the debut art book from Los Angeles-based photographer Maggie West. The book features 20 pairs of people kissing each other under colorful, surreal lighting. KISS takes a unique, abstract approach to a subject that has depicted throughout centuries of art. By placing a universal activity in such a dreamlike setting, the book causes readers to reexamine the energy and intimacy taking place with each embrace. The book features a foreword by artist and journalist Hannah Stouffer.

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Faith and Filip with Maggie West at the Kiss Release Party, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, July 14th, 2015

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Tereza Kacerova and Trent Garrett

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Fo Porter and Nico Macciocca

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Faith Picozzi and Filip Milenkovic

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PHOTOGRAPHY – Maggie West

Maggie West is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in experimental lighting and post production techniques. Her dream­-like photographs have been featured in acclaimed publications and sources worldwide.

KISS is available for purchase here.

Read the interview in Bullett Magazine here.

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FAITH PICOZZI / TEREZA KACEROVA / FO PORTER

See more Faith and Filip here.

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In the dead of winter- is there a better way to pass the time than to dream of summer?  In your day dreaming endeavors… we’ve got the best of the best inspiration for you: a batch of some of our all-time favorite swim looks!

Alexis Ren, Allison Holton, Ashley Moore, Brianna Gilchrist, Bridget Satterlee, Britt Koth, Camryn Herold, Cat Haave, Davia Gomez, Faith Picozzi, Fo Porter, Greta Jimenez, Khloe Elkins, Maggimae, Monica Ollander, Naty Belmont, Niki Huey, Phoenix Cotner, Polina Frantsena, Sakura Heffron, Taylor Hannum, Tereza Kacerova, Wase Chief, Zeda Navarro, Beach Beauty, Bikini Body, Workout Inspo, Beach Body, Fitness Inspo, Inspo, Beach, Summer, Swimwear, Photography, Fashion Photography, Nous Models, Nous Model Management

Alexis Ren / Allison Holton / Ashley Moore / Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Britt Koth / Camryn Herold

Cat Haave / Davia Gomez / Fo Porter / Greta Jimenez / Khloe Elkins / Maggimae / Monica Ollander

Naty Belmont / Niki Huey / Phoenix Cotner / Polina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Taylor Hannum

Tereza Kacerova / Wase Chief / Zeda Navarro

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A favorite photographer among our models- and all of us here at Nous HQ- is the one and only Lucas Passmore. His photos are unmistakable: think simple, vulnerable and tastefully sexy all at the same time, which is no small achievement! A master at bringing out the strongest attributes and fierce confidence of every girl he works with, when he’s not testing you can find Lucas shooting for some of our favorite brands like Rails and Chloe Oliver or on the pages of magazines like Bisous, Angeleno, Cosmo or even Maxim!

Lucas’s funny, vibrant and energetic personality is incredibly infectious to everyone around him – ironically, it’s kind of a contrast to his sultry photography style. His ability to capture beauty in it’s most pure form continues to amaze us, so we can easily say that our obsession with Lucas isn’t ending anytime soon (but, we’re more than okay with that).

Thank you Lucas! You have taught our girls so much and provided them with valuable experience that has helped them be the successful women that they are today. We’ve seriously enjoyed the past few years of working with you, and are looking forward to many more to come.

Lucas Passmore

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The Models

Alana Bunte // Alex Long // Alexis Ren // Angela Highsmith // Ashley Moore // Brianna Gilchrist // Britt Koth // Cameron Richardson // Cat Haave // Davia Gomez // Fo Porter // Kirby Griffin // Lauren Johnson // Maggimae // Niki Huey // Phoenix Cotner // Polina Frantsena // Taylor Hannum // Zeda Navarro

Giza by @thanimara

Giza by @thanimara

Our models have some seriously awesome fans. And by awesome, we mean talented. Check out these amazing sketches, paintings and watercolors!  We never get tired of seeing beautiful works of art like these.

So make sure to tag @NousModels and hashtag #MyNousWork on Instagram or Twitter so we can share your amazing portraits. You guys rock!

We  got such a great response from our last feature on the amazing artists that have been inspired by our girls to create really beautiful pieces of art that we decided to make this an ongoing thing.  We’re going to continue to give shout outs to all of you who create art using our girls as muses.  This time around we’d like to give major props to: @matt_smiley, @juliano_strino, @nickonken, @creativeseven, @unknown_x_artist, @niya_art, @bugiman, @rasfader, @xmariav, and @ruslan_mustapaev_.  You guys rock!

Want us to share your sketch, graphic art, or painting? Tag @Nousmodels and hashtag #MyNousWork on Instagram or Twitter for us to spot and share your artwork as inspired by the ladies of Nous Models.