Interviews

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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 How old are you?

21 years young, with an old soul.

Where are you from?

Ludington, Michigan.

Do you have a book that changed your life? 

Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde is a book that I have read previously and am now reading again. It outlines 33 steps to reclaiming your inner power as a human and helps release your mind from the constraints of the ego. It is a book that reminds me that this life is precious and to live in the present moment. When I am traveling it is one of the only books I carry along– it’s that amazing!

Which superpower would you want?

The ability to teleport anywhere, at any time or moment. I have so many friends, family, and loved ones that live all around the world in different places and time zones. It would be so lovely to be able to quickly give my dad a hug before a big moment, say hi to my best friend before she hits the waves in Hawaii, or have breakfast with my sister in Lebanon.

What’s your Karaoke Song?

Sadly, I have only done Karaoke once! And it was no surprise that I picked a classic, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Let’s just say my friends got lots of pictures and laughs that night.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

I think Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada would have some seriously amazing pieces in her closet from all the years of running the iconic magazine, Runway.

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Certain songs that I hear can immediately take me back to a very specific memory, day, feeling, or moment. My heart goes back and feels the beauty and love that I was feeling when I was listening. A few that get me every time are “Open Arms” by RKCB and “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish.

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

I would have to say my writing. I am currently writing whenever I have the chance, and already have filled several journals’ worth with words. Most of it is very personal and poetic, and I would love to someday publish a combination of what I have written, maybe a memoir.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

The Lion King soundtrack is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard, period.

What inspires you the most?

Witnessing the genuine awareness and joy that comes from children playing and experiencing life with so much wonder. It reminds me not to take life so seriously, and to laugh more.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to find a unique, local café to grab a coffee and croissant. With the sun hopefully out, I like to take it with me and walk around for a while to find a quaint park to sit at and be with nature, watch the wildlife, or just be. Taking in the experiences and energy that a new place brings is always exciting to me.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

I have a mantra that I like to say in my head when I need some calm, clearing encouragement in whatever I’m doing during the day, or just because. “I’m eternal. I’m universal. I’m infinite. I am what I am.”

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 How old are you?

I am 17 years old.

Where are you from?She's Nous: Alyena

Born and raised in Agoura Hills, CA.

Have you ever broken a bone?

I have always been super clumsy, and my friends have always said how I am like a giraffe on roller skates! Luckily I have actually never broken a bone though!

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

Pickles! It is weird because I love cucumbers and am not a picky eater at all. I am a huge foodie, but something about pickles just makes me go ughhhh…

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

I always save the best for last because in my mind I want to finish with the best flavor possible!

Who was your embarrassing 2000s celeb crush?

I would have to go with Robert Pattinson. I went through a huge faze of loving the Twilight books and movies, I was pretty obsessed.

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

I try to live my life being passionate about everything I do! I believe that the best way to live your life is to love what you are doing with it. Animals I am especially passionate about. Currently I am volunteer every week at the shelter and one day hope to work as an animal rights activist.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have always been really shy and I’ve been afraid of public situations and encounters. It’s not something I have completely overcome, but I would say it’s been a work in progress but the finish line is in sight.

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Which superpower would you want?

I have always been obsessed with reading books about history and the past as well as what people think the future will hold, so I would love to have the power of time travel!!

What inspires you the most?

Passionate people really inspire me because I have always loved seeing people that are dedicated to achieving a goal. It also amps me up and makes me more determined to achieve my own dreams.

Can you hula hoop?

It’s possible and I’m not to shabby at it, but I would definitely say that it is a skill I’m not eager to show off!

What’s under your bed?

Lots and lots of bags going from simple handbags to suitcases.

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 How old are you?

17 years old.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Hesperia, California.

IMG_1221What inspires you the most? 

My family and friends have helped and supported me tremendously. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life!

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

In the 11th grade, when  I got my first lead role as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical!

Can you hula hoop?

Yes, but no.

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

I am very passionate about moisturizing my hair. Because LET ME TELL YOU, It is not easy to maintain this mane! It’s requires patience and lots of love.

 

What’s under your bed?

Shoes, clothes, food wrappers, monsters, etc.

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

Once upon a time I was in the 7th grade and I conformed to the  trend of having “swag” and dressing like a “swag girl”. The wardrobe consisted of; snap backs, flannels with the sleeves cut off, colored pants, silly bandz, ripped high waisted’s, fox tails, and sadly the list goes on. 😭 Point is, middle school was the struggle.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!!! 100% recommended.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, yes I do.

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

I tear those red skittles up…

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

Graduate high school!!!!

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After seeing Free People’s latest collection, it was hard to decide which we loved more– the gorgeous intimates or Alyssa Miller’s stunning photography. Electric Love is a series of romantic and whimsical shifts, bodysuits, and vintage bra and panty sets sure to satisfy the most discerning bohemian girl, just in time for Valentine’s day. We’re over the moon over the Breaking Hearts bodysuit seen on Alyssa below, with metallic detailing and lace panelling that can be dressed up or down. Our new fave lounging outfit is sure to be the Gigi Robe thrown over their Frame Up soft bra and some Flirty Shorts for the perfect cute & comfy ensemble. Alyssa used self-portraiture to capture all of the collection’s photos, relying only on her own perspective. You can get an in-depth look at her self-portrait process, her artistic story, and how she approaches self-love in an interview with Joanna Rentz for Free People’s blog (BLDG 25), here.  Keep scrolling to see how Alyssa wears and photographs Free People!

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Shop the new Free People Intimates Collection E-Book here.

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This interview originally featured on MOD Magazine.com.

Model Monday: Sydney Schafer

Name: Sydney Schafer

Agency: Nous Models

Birthdate: July 4 / Age: 21

Height: 5’8

Hometown: Las Vegas

Instagram: @syderoni

How’d you start modeling?

I was an actress, new to LA, and was looking for fun work. So, I went to an open call… here I am.

Who/ what are your biggest inspirations?

Frida Khalo, Tempest Storm and the lovely Mother Earth.

Favorite modeling experience, so far & why?

Working for Clinique with JUCO was a favorite. Beauty modeling is more my zone.

Tell us some of your modeling goals. Any particular brands you’d love to model for?

I am looking to interweave my love for modeling, whacking and vogueing for a major brand. I love Milk Makeup, Adidas, & Gucci Resort.

Describe your personal style. How do you typically dress on your days off?

I always gravitate to clothes I can move in easily. Personally, I love costume pieces, pastels and feminine fits with a boyish appeal.

What’s your favorite fashion trend of the moment?

Not big on trends, but I think anyone in the world can rock a choker.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

Glossier is great all around. I also love Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray and Moroccanoil for all hair care needs.

We know you’ve gotta take care of your figure, but what’s your favorite “cheat meal”?

My cheat meal is vegan chicken strips served on the UCLA campus after 9pm. It’s always a little challenge, but oh so worth it.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to Wanda Jackson, The Buttertones and always the Bee Gees.

Favorite TV show/ movie?

Don’t have favorites, but I love The Eric Andre Show. Also a Czech movie I recently discovered, called To The Stars By Hard Ways; very intimate and ethereal.

What’s your biggest pet peeve & why?

Inconsideration… people need to care about others’ well being more.

Something you love to do in your spare time?

I love dancing and conceptualizing grand performances in my garden.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I was my school’s mascot, the K.O. cougar.

What valuable lessons have you learned from the industry, thus far? Any advice for other aspiring models?

It is far more attractive to have an inner beauty about yourself that compliments your outer appearance. Most of the time, you don’t know what a client is looking for (sometimes, they don’t even know, themselves) so just be the maximum you and your chances are better than if you embrace someone else.

Read more MOD Magazine here.

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Models.com is known throughout the industry as being a powerhouse repository of news and resources in the modeling and fashion world; it’s pretty much our go-to resource for everything we need to know about the industry. Naturally, we could not have been more thrilled to have Olivia and Madeline selected for their sister website for featuring emerging new faces, The Ones2Watch. The interview feature, accompanied with breathtaking photos shot by the incredible photographer, Dawn Dicarlo, delves into their home-grown roots and hopes for the future. We could not agree more, these two are undeniably new faces to keep your eye on. Big things lie ahead.

Keep scrolling to get a closer look at their features.

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Name: Olivia Magruder
Agency: Nous Model Management (Los Angeles)
Hometown: Grasonville, Maryland
Nickname: Liv
Instagram: @oliviamagruder

What is one thing not many people know about you?
Not many people know that I drive a big Chevy pickup truck to haul my horses in, and are usually surprised when they find out.

What makes you angry?
When I’m trying to have a conversation with someone and they don’t bother to look up from their phone to give me their full attention.

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a flight attendant like my mom so that I could travel the world.

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Name: Madeline Magruder
Agency: Nous Model Management (Los Angeles)
Hometown: Grasonville, Maryland
Nickname: Maddie
Instagram: @madeline_magruder

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always had a passion for wildlife. When we were five, my mom took us to Sea World in Florida. After that, I wanted to become a dolphin trainer.

Describe a favorite childhood memory:
One of my favorite childhood memories was with my friend Marner. We would always ride around in Barbie Jeeps on her farm, and go horseback riding together.

What makes you happy?
Traveling makes me happy! I especially love traveling to places I have never been before.

Photography by Dawn DiCarlo Website / Instagram

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This interview originally featured on Modellist-ID.com.

INTERVIEW WITH FASHION MODEL AMY BRACCO BIDEN

Amy Bracco Biden is an American sweetheart making the world more beautiful by saving dogs, singing, writing and with her presence. Boy, she’s something, isn’t she? No wonder she’s living in airplanes most of the time; everyone wants a piece of her.

Nationality: American

Profession: Fashion Model, Show Creator, Writer, Actress, Animal Rescue Activist.

Agencies: Nous, LA. Trump, NY. Supreme, Paris. Mega, Germany. Select, London.

Milestones: Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Pantene, Garnier, Diesel, Guess?, Coach, and having billboards in Times Square.

Current location: New York City

 First off tell us how you were discovered and how your modeling career all started?
I was a tall, awkward teenager that played soccer and didn’t think much about fashion. I was discovered while shopping at my local mall when The Elite Model Look of the Year competition happened in my hometown of Walnut Creek, CA. and they asked if I’d compete. I still had my braces on and almost fell off the runway because I’d never worn heels before.linebreak

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There are so many, but one that comes to mind is a commercial I shot in Patagonia for Garnier. It was such a beautiful area of Argentina. I ate the freshest trout for dinner every night and shot in the mountains every day. Bariloche is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
No. One of my first shoots, when I was maybe 14, the client asked me to jump up and down and ribbit like a frog. You can’t really be embarrassed or shy or take yourself very seriously in this business. The things clients and art directors ask you to do are so varied, you have to be ready for anything!

Tell us a bit about your mother agency and what you like most about them.
I’ve been with my booker Kenya Knight at Nous since I was 14. She is a strong, fierce businesswoman with a very kind heart. I probably wouldn’t still be modeling if it wasn’t for her guidance.linebreak

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When I first started modeling you had to build a really strong portfolio and hustle every day going on castings and go-sees in all the major fashion cities to get ahead. Clients would book you based on the work you’d done and whether you were right for the job. Now a lot of times clients book girls based on how many Instagram followers they have and what their social media presence is like. It’s challenging because you have to do a lot more self-promotion in general now. So, in addition to attending castings and go-sees and submitting video castings for International jobs, getting new images for your portfolio, eating healthy, working out, traveling to and from bookings, and modeling/working on set you also have to post on FB, Instagram and Twitter and have your own blog and website. It takes a lot of time! Also, major beauty brands use actresses, singers and social media celebrities more now, so there is less work out there for fashion models.

What is your favorite healthy snack?
I usually have a Kind bar in my bag at all times! When I travel for work I always have almonds and dried fruit with me.

What’s your beauty regimen like?
I wash my face every night and use organic oils that my friend Hollie Witchey@witcheyhandmade makes by hand upstate. I catch up on sleep on my days off which is a necessity since call times can be pretty early and the days are long on set. I practically live on airplanes so hydrating is important. And catching up with friends over a glass of wine and laughing is also key to staying beautiful!linebreak

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1. I am a dog lover. I have rescued every dog I’ve owned and think it’s important for others to do the same. There are so many dogs that need homes. Adopt!

2. I love to sing. My favorite times are Upstate at my cabin around the bon fire jamming with friends.

3. I don’t believe in dieting, but I work out a lot and love hiking.

4. I got married 2 years ago and planned the whole wedding myself. I think I would be a great wedding planner!

5. I am an avid writer. I’m currently working on a web series with my friend and fellow model Alyssa Miller about what it’s like to be a model on a day-to-day basis. It’s called “Models Wrote This” and it’s based on all of our real life experiences in the business. Stay tuned!

What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I love the recipes and the travel tips for traveling to foreign cities. So smart!

Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?

Alyssa Miller. Hollie Witchey. Donna Hemmingsen.linebreak

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I’m going to keep writing and working on “Models Wrote This”. It’s a really fun, creative outlet for me and it’s going to be a great show to watch! @modelswrotethis on Insta.

Where can we follow you?
@amybracco on Insta, FB and Twitter and amybracco.com…but I’m not great at posting 😉

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