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As we move through the Holidays, it’s hard to resist downing all those yummy festive dishes. Therefore, we thought it would be only ‘fit’ to catch up with our Nous girl, Maitlyn, to find out what exercise means to her, as well as to pick her brain on her must-do fitness plans to work off those extra holiday pounds. Take a look at the questionnaire below to see what she has advised!:

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

1. Why do you work out?

 
In the beginning, it was pretty straightforward. The more physically fit I became, the more my self-confidence in my appearance grew, which in turn helped me book jobs more frequently.
 
But once I got into the habit of working out regularly, I realized that it was becoming therapeutic. After a long day of driving from casting to casting and sitting on the 101 or 405 for an ungodly amount of time, the gym became more of a reboot. It feels nice to park the car, lock your phone away and focus solely on yourself. A quick workout is a great way to relieve some stress. In short, the gym = my sanity.
2. At what age did you start monitoring your health?
 
If I’m being honest, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties. It was then that  I realized that I needed to hit the gym frequently if I wanted to keep up my ongoing love affair with food. TBH I miss my teenage metabolism… RIP.
 
3. In a typical week, how many times do you exercise?
 
 I try to exercise at least 5x a week – which is a mix of instructor-led classes and at-home workouts.
 

Maitlyn striking a pose for Vimmia, shot by Martin Rusch.

 
4. Where do you typically work out?
I’m an avid ClassPass member! CP makes it easy to access gyms whenever and wherever you are. My membership lets me attend 10 classes per month for $115. I can usually be found at a Pilates reformer studio somewhere in the LA area!
 

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5. What do you find yourself doing the most for exercise? (lifting weights, walk, run, hike, swim, dance, aerobics, pilates, play a team sport, etc.) (you can pick more than one)

I’m going to sound like a broken record here but PILATES REFORMER. Try a class to see (and FEEL) what I’m talking about for yourself! Pilates has been the one workout I’ve found to achieve that long and lean body type, without the added bulk! I’ll also usually add in a hot yoga or hip-hop dance class each week to sweat it out (if early 00’s hip-hop comes on I’ll dance ’til I pull a muscle or embarrass myself).
 

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

4. What athletic brands have you worked with since joining Nous?

 
I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of active brands through Nous such as Nikki Bikki, Carbon 38, Vimmia, Target, Nordstrom, Champion, and Reebok.
 
They’ve been great to work with and each has a unique style. It’s always fun trying to keep a calm face while holding a one-legged backbend. Also, it doesn’t hurt getting to work out on the job!
 
5. How do you feel at the end of the day post-exercising?
 
Sore and hungry. Just kidding, kinda. I always feel a sense of accomplishment post-workouts & know that I need to invest in myself in order to keep up in this industry. Exercise is crucial for both your mind & body.
6. What is the top reason that may deter you from exercising?
 
Brunch. I’m an easy sell to ditch the gym if my friends propose a fun brunch, which tends to happen a lot in LA…
 
Favorite spot: The Eveleigh (always extra bacon)
 

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

7. Are there any good books/videos/blogs that you would recommend to someone that is just starting out?

 
I’d definitely recommend home workout videos/apps for someone that’s just starting out. You can do them anytime and at your own pace without feeling self-conscious until you’re ready to get back into the gym. My go-to home workout is an 8-minute ab video from the 80’s (picture AC Slater in spandex), followed by 8-minute buns. 13 million hits can’t be wrong!
8. What was the greatest obstacle that you overcame in your workouts?
More than anything, it was not being afraid to fail. With ClassPass, you’re constantly walking into new classes with new instructors & each of them have unique methods & techniques. It can be intimidating walking into something new each day knowing that many of the participants are regulars. I have to remind myself not to compare myself to others, but sometimes if you miss a move, just copy your neighbor.

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to include in regards to health that you feel would benefit Nous’ readers?

The number one thing and quite possibly the hardest thing to do is to not compare yourself to others! It’s only natural to have insecurities, but the most important thing to do is to focus on yourself.
It’s refreshing to see the industry and brands increasing their focus on both mental and physical health. It’s something that has been overlooked for a long time so I hope that this continues to be something that we support and celebrate.

 

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

Feeling inspired? Check out this video of Maitlyn doing her at-home routines alongside her pup pal, Murph! –

…But, we can’t all be experts on everything! Check out Murph showing Maitlyn how to properly do the downward dog!

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How old are you?

15 years old.

Where are you from?

Phillips Ranch, California, United States of America.

What’s under your bed?

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

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

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

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

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

What makes you feel nostalgic?

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

Favorite movie or tv show soundtrack?

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

What superpower would you want?

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

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

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

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

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

Most valuable high school class you ever took?

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

What inspires you the most?

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

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 How old are you?

I’m 15 years old.

Where are you from?

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

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

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

Which superpower would you want?

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

Do you have a book that changed your life?

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

Have you ever prank called someone?

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

What inspires you the most?

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

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

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

Where would you take your dream vacation?

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

 

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most? 

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

Are your feet the same size? 

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

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

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

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 How old are you?

20 years.

Where are you from?

Normal, Illinois (a real city, not just a punchline).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, or the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Both revolutionary in facing fear and creating without inhibitions.

 Which superpower would you want?

Mind reading. There are 7 BILLION people in the world and the only thoughts I’ve ever heard are my own. I’m sure there’s a lot I’ve been missing out on. 

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

Continuing the amazing work with Nous and getting out to see another bit of planet earth.

Are your feet the same size?

Absolutely.  I measure my feet daily to ensure they’re keeping up with one another. So far so good.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The inverted smiley (duality, bruh).

Have you overcome one of your fears?

Daily!  If I do anything in a day, it’s to make sure that at least once, I was as excited as I was terrified. We grow at the rate we’re willing to be uncomfortable.

What would the title of your memoir be? 

Dude, Where’s My Charger?

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

Bambi, based off of being called that since I can remember. Guess you’ll have to ask around the playground.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

You can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell”

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

 I never saw a hotdog I could trust.

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 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.

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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.

These features were originally posted on Models.com. Olivia / Madeline

Q&A

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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