Who needs some #fitnessmotivation? Because Aliya Protto is totally kicking into high gear in these shots photographed by Brian Love – and it’s ABS-olutely inspiring us! Looking for some new workout gear? Click to buy below. 😀
Oh me oh my! Chandler Bailey‘s editorial with LA Magazine‘s September 2018 issue is now released, and it’s quite a treat to look at! The spread is titled “Power Play,” which fits her vibe perfectly as she is quickly becoming a fashion force to be reckoned with. 😉❤️
The spread is designed to intermingle both the masculine and the feminine sides of a gal’s wardrobe, emphasizing the boss lady within. To see the magic ✨ that has resulted, take a look at the full editorial below:
Donny & Marie Osmond’s classic hit, “I’m a Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock N Roll,” is playing through our ears while reviewing Aliya, Lee, and Phoenix‘s new shoot with Elegant Magazine’s August 2018 issue – and we love it! In Elegant’s recent issue, these Nous girls take a break from their big city lives, and embrace some good ‘ole fashion ‘American country’ living. The result = pure art! To see what we are gushing about, take a look at the full editorial below:
Summer maybe coming to an end (😣), but these new photographs of Alyssa Miller are giving us life. 🌷 Alyssa recently shot with the Aussie brand, Spell & the Gypsy, whose backstory is as unique and influential as their designs.
The line was created by two sisters, Elizabeth and Isabella, alluding “to the dreams of their Latvian grandparents who fled war-torn Europe bound for America, but for a twist of fate ended up in a dusty refugee camp in Australia; to their hippie parents, a leather craftsman and potter, who in the 1970s hopped from town to town following their own wild dreams” (as described on spelldesigns.com).
We absolutely ADORE Spell & the Gypsy’s love for pursuing dreams, colors, florals, age-old-lace, and how good Alyssa Miller looks in these monumental designs! ✨ To see what we are talking about, take a look below:
School is out and summer is in session! ☀️ For many high schoolers, this means kicking back, heading to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. 👭🏖
However, recently signed Nous Model, Dakota Marquiss, had a different plan this summer. Eager to expand her modeling career, Dakota and her family traveled to Tokyo, Japan 🎎, for not only a fun family vacay, but also to meet with various agencies. It’s not a simple task breaking into the Eastern-Asian market, but with Dakota’s natural zest for exploration – it was a trip full of joy. 🎊
To learn more about Dakota’s first-time travels to Japan, peep 👀 her interview below:
I absolutely LOVED the fashion in Japan. A lot of it is pretty similar to what you would find here, however, the one thing that really stood out to me was all of ‘babydoll’ style clothing. I had heard about this before going, but I never thought that I would like it as much as I did!
The famous Japanese Harajuku ‘baby doll’ look.
8.) How did you get to place to place in the city you visited?:
The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s building.
In Japan, I walked and took the train most of the time, which, while being a little more difficult than driving, was definitely worth it! It gave me a chance to really experience the city and the culture.
9.) What songs/ type of music do you listen to while traveling?:
10.) What are some of the best locations/ hidden gems that most people have not heard of in the city that you visited?:
I don’t know if this technically considered a hidden jem, as I had never heard of it, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. We went at night and it was amazing! From the top of the building, you can see the entire city lit up and the view is incredible! It is one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen.
Dakota is all smiles as she explores the city of Tokyo.
11.) What do you do to stay healthy while traveling?:
The streets of Tokyo, Japan as captured by Dakota.
I spent A LOT of time walking in Japan so I think that definitely helped. I did have some trouble eating there, so what really helped was bringing some of my own snacks. With my own snacks, I could continue eating healthy without starving or eating something that I knew wouldn’t be good for me.
12.) What is something you brought that is not absolutely necessary but you liked having?:
One thing that I’ve always needed to have with me when I travel is something to read on the plane. This trip I brought the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It was really great way to kill time on the plane.
Dakota having her favorite Japanese meal, Ramen!
13.) What is one food that you could now never eat in your home country because you’ve tasted the original version in it’s country of origin and you’ve now been forever spoiled?:
Definitely ramen! I’ve always loved ramen, so honestly I’ll probably still eat it here, but it will NEVER be the same!!
Digitals by Nous Model Management
Digitals by Nous Model Management
14.) What was your favorite thing about your trip?:
By far, my favorite thing about Japan is how different it is than here (California). It’s almost like being on a different planet, definitely in a good way though. Pretty much everything is different there, which I think is what makes it so interesting!
Light displays in Tokyo.
The historical Great Buddha of Kamakura statue at Kotoku.
Dakota taking in the more nature-esque side of Japan.
15.) What is the best time of year you believe to visit your city?:
I’ve heard that the best time of year to visit Japan is in the Fall because it’s not as hot and humid as it is during the Summer… which would definitely be a relief! Although, I would really love to go in the Spring because that’s when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and I’ve wanted to see that since I was like 13!
16.) Did you snag a cool item when you were abroad that you are excited about?:
Definitely!!! We spent a day shopping in Harajuku and I got some really great clothes that I don’t think I would’ve been able to get back here. I’m really excited about that!
18.) Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this location?:
Tokyo is a HUGE city and there is so much to see there! So, if there is something that are wishing to see, but it doesn’t work out, just let it happen because you will mostly likely run into something just as great!
“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
– Ella Fitzgerald
What makes a new artist rise in the music industry in 2018? With tons of ongoing competition surging into the charts each day, it takes a special person to stand out, emerging beyond anonymity.
When songbird and Nous model, Lee Rodriguez, first entered Nous – we were immediately blown away by her vocal talent. 🎤 Not only did she possess versatility (triple threat: model, actress, AND singer), but she was also extremely driven to start her career as a musician. After listening, we believe that she has what it takes. 💞 In an effort to learn more, we sat down with her and asked her questions about her history with music, as well as what her plans are for the future. ✨
3.When did you first realize that you were a “song bird?:”
When I was a little girl! I always loved to sing along to songs, and have mini concerts in my bedroom.
4. What do you enjoy most about singing?:
I enjoy telling the stories of the songs.
5. Is there anything/anyone that has inspired you to partake in singing?:
My inspiration to become a singer happened at such a young age, I don’t have a specific memory on how or who inspired me. However, I remember always turning my tv to music channels, singing along to whatever artist came on, and that feeling alone was very inspiring to me.
Lee Rodriguez singing a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb:”
6. What’s your favorite piece of music and why?:
At the moment, it’s “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray. I’ve had the privilege to perform this song multiple times, and it is just one of those feel good songs where you can just emotionally engage every time. The meaning of the song is very moving as well, and very relevant to current times.
7. Do you like to write music?:
Yes, I usually start off by finding a couple melodies, then come up with a couple chord progressions that fit best around it, following an improvisation of lyrics, and I do that until I come up with something I feel good about.
8. When do ideas come to you?:
They come at most random times! Usually when I’m driving, though.
9. What inspired you to learn how to play the guitar?:
Well, for my birthday my awesome agent (Alex Fox) and manager (Atil Singh), bought me an acoustic guitar, and I fell in love the moment I started playing! I’ve been taking lessons, and playing for 6 months now. Overall, I am glad that I’m able to expand my knowledge musically, and artistically. Big thanks to my agent, manager, and awesome guitar teacher!
10. What was the first song that you learned to play on your guitar? Did you find it to be challenging?:
It was actually a song I wrote! Yes, it was a challenge because I was just getting comfortable with chords at the time. Also, having to switch from chord to chord made it ever more challenging, because my hand would cramp like crazy!
11. What is your favorite genre of music?:
At the moment, alternative R&B.
12. At what age did you perform in front of a live audience for the first time? Did it make you nervous?:
Funny story: I was about 6 or 7 years old in the casino of the Buffalo Bills hotel. I was watching this lady from afar sing on a stage at the bar. After, I then begged my mom to let me sing on the stage. So my mom asked the manager of the hotel if it was alright, BUT of course, I had to be 21 years of age to even enter the bar. So instead, the manager let me sing on the staircase at the entrance of the hotel. My mom gathered people who were walking into the casino to watch me sing at the top of the staircase to “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus (for some reason as a 6 or 7 year old was my go-to song). I was nowhere near nervous! I was living, and treating it like one of my bedroom concerts!
Lee Rodriguez performing “America” from Westside Story:
Lee Rodriguez (on the right) and friends striking a pose in anticipation of their high school production of High School Musical.
For many Americans, the summer months mean taking a break from regular routines, urging us to go on our next adventure. This year – Nous Model, Katya Vladykina, had the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and explore various hotspots in Italy. From bathing along the southern coastline of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, to exploring the famous landmarks of Rome – Katya’s trip was one for the books! To get some serious wanderlust, take a glimpse at her adventure below:
Katya looking radiant while traveling around the city of Rome.
This was basically just a long awaited trip that finally happened with my fam bam, since we have wanted to go to Italy for sooooo long.
Katya is all smiles as she tours Rome’s famous landmark, The Colosseum.
5. Before arriving, what made Italy stand out to you?:
Ugh, the question should be what DIDN’T make Italy stand out to me – everything about it has always fascinated me. The gorgeous photographs I’ve seen, the culture, the history, and don’t even get me started on the Italian FOOD!!!!!
A delicious meal that Katya enjoyed on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
A beautiful and sunny day in Positano, shot by Katya.
6. How did you travel from place to place (walking, car, bus, train, etc) in the city you visited?:
Within Rome and Florence – we walked EVERYWHERE. That’s one of my favorite things about traveling to European cities, the ability to walk everywhere and experience GORGEOUS things and not be stuck on your butt in a car for hours.
However, while exploring the Amalfi Coast – We drove from there to Florence, renting a car. The car ride from the coast to Florence was through Tuscany, which held some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!!!
Views in Positano (The Amalfi Coast).
Katya admiring the seaside town of Positano (The Amalfi Coast).
7. What’s something you packed that’s not absolutely essential, but you liked having it?:
For me this is always, always, always a camera. On this trip, I also brought a polaroid camera, which was so so fun to play with and now these polaroids will be memories which I can look back upon forever.
Gelato – That’s amore!
8. If I visit Italy, what’s the one meal I shouldn’t miss?:
Oh man, don’t do this to me!!!!
Every meal, to me, was freaking incredible. The pizza, the pasta, the desserts, the coffee… UGH! The pasta there is cooked al dente, which makes it a little undercooked. Growing up, I was a total weirdo and would beg for my mom to undercook my pasta since I loved the crunch – so I was in al dente HEAVEN!
However, if I had to choose one meal, it would be the gelato. And yes, it can be a meal….for every meal of the day. It was the freshest, most mouthwatering amazingness I have ever tried!
Katya and her sister, Anastasia, having a ‘Lady and the Tramp’ moment in Rome.
Katya having a blast eating a scrumptious plate of pasta.
9. Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?:
I loved how emotional the Italian people seemed to be. Any fight, any laugh, any conversation, was heard with so much emotion. I wish more Americans weren’t afraid to be emotional, openly show their feelings.
I also loved how people allocated time every day to relax, socialize, eat amazing food, and have amazing conversations. It’s important to find pleasures and experience them for yourself every day!!!
10. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?:
The gelato would have to be my answer for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat the fudgey, artificial Ben & Jerry’s pints every once in a while!!! But, anything labeled as “Gelato” here is just a fraud to me now.
11. What was your favorite thing about your trip?:
I was absolutely blown away by the history. It was my most favorite subject in high school, so all of the art museums, ancient Roman landmarks, and incredible stories literally brought tears to my eyes. Seeing and validating everything I learned about was fascinating like no other.
12. What time of the year do you believe would be the best time to visit your city?:
I LOVED going during the summer. Even though I’m sure it’s peak tourist season – there’s something about the idea of an Italian summer that just totally pulls me in.
Cooling yourself off with granita or gelato, or taking a dip in the Mediterranean in the Italian heat is just how I picture Italy!!! Although, I could eat that ish all year long….
The Trevi Fountain
H2O break in Rome.
The Pantheon, a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
David, created by Michelangelo.
‘The Birth of Venus,’ painting by Italian artist, Sandro Botticelli.
Katya in Rome, Italy.
Katya loving her new leather backpack.
13. Did you snag a cool item while abroad that you are excited about?:
While in Florence, I visited one of the biggest street markets, which was a giant leather market as well. Italian leather is known to be the best of the best so I snagged the CUTEST little black leather backpack that I carried everywhere with me. The smell of the leather still reminds me of the trip.
14. What do you do to stay healthy while you travel?:
One of the BEST things about traveling, in my opinion, is the ability to be active, fascinated, and healthy while completely not thinking about it. Just the amounts of walking, skipping, and dancing through the streets as I explore them is usually more than any workout I do. I’ll get home after longdays of adventures and realize that I’ve walked 30,000 steps or more, which boggles my mind because it doesn’t even feel like a workout.
Views in Positano (The Amalfi Coast).
15. Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to there?:
ALWAYS keep an open mind while travelling!!! Take some time to really immerse yourself in the culture and learn as much as you can about it. Get an Airbnb instead of a well-known hotel. We booked only Airbnbs and the hosts were so passionate about their city, giving us secret spots and hidden gems that are now my favorite places there!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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:
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?
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!!!
Britt and Maggimae on set for Boys & Arrows.
Fun Fact: Britt Koth is also a master at creating ‘beachy hair waves.’ To view the tutorial that she filmed with Maggimae, press play: