Interviews

LA Fashion Week is over! Our models Polina and TyLynn walked for Sue Wong, a couture designer with dramatic flair.

“The Sue Wong show was dramatic from the music to the head pieces. She herself is something out of an extravagant opera. I have worked with her for a while now and admire her tenacity.” – TyLynn

“I loved wearing Sue’s collection. The clothes are elegant, but what makes the experience unique is that Sue makes the show an otherworldly experience. The accessories and the headpieces, paired up with lighting and music, really make you feel like you are in a magical world. Her latest collection was called Sirens and Nymphs, and I definitely felt like a siren up on that runway.” – Polina

Here’s a look at what they wore on the runway:

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All photos courtesy of WWD.com.

 

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Music is everything to me. I have always been surrounded by music. My dad managed bands for a long time so I spent a lot of my childhood at concerts. I think music is the best escape from everything!

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You’re at a concert: are you singing, or dancing along with the band? Singing alone (not the best dancer)

3 artists or bands you can’t live without: Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains, The Used

Song to sing to in the shower: I sing anything stuck in my head.

Most recent concert you went to: Bad Religion

Best album for a road trip: The Used first album!

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Check out Davia’s playlist to get you through the week! 

Take a look at Davia’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram!

Photos by Jessie Gentry @Jessiegentry

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“I’ve been back in the US for about 3 weeks now, and oddly enough have a bit of a culture shock.

I had always wanted to travel for work, and had done so around the US, so when the opportunity came to spend a 8 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa I was all in. As my accommodations were being prepared and my flight was purchased, it was obvious that I was excited to venture off into a new territory, and create a name for myself outside of the US. But the closer it got to the day to leave, the more nervous I became. This would be the first time I leave the country alone. Once I arrived in Cape Town I found a hidden strength within myself that I feel we all have, to adapt and thrive in different environments. By the time I left I had made great friends from almost every continent, and had the opportunity to shoot in the most breathtaking locations.

While in Cape Town, I was most concerned about my safety and transportation. I was told before going to Cape Town that young women like myself, must always be aware of their surroundings because it is a city of theft and crime. Growing up I was taught this very thing and for the first 4 weeks I was very suspicious of everyone around me. About mid stay, I had credit card fraud, and had to close my card. I panicked a bit, I had little money to hold me over until my new card came, so I had to try really hard to live within my means. Despite my best efforts to keep all my personal information private, I was unsuccessful. It is important to remember that Cape Town is a city like any other and unfortunately, this could happen anywhere.

To my surprise, getting around Cape Town was very easy. Your options include taking the bus, taxi-bus, a regular taxi, and uber/personal driver. The main form of transportation many South Africans took were the white taxi-buses. It is almost always crowded, and not the most luxurious way to get around, but it’s convenient, and extremely inexpensive. At first I didn’t want to go anywhere alone, but within a few days I took my first taxi-bus ride into town alone, and it was empowering. I was on a continent where no one knew me, and it was beautifully terrifying. I eventually trusted every last minute trip or long distance ride to a super rad taxi driver I met down there named Frank.

 

Cape Town is more of a cosmopolitan city than I imagined. You may think that with 11 national languages you would find yourself lost in translation, but english is widely spoken around the city, and tourism is a cornerstone in their economy. During my stay there was constant construction and renovation, providing a vast amount of new jobs and services within the city. People think of Cape Town as a place to build your book and get amazing editorial work, which makes sense considering they’ve got their own Glamour, Oprah, Marie Claire, Cosmo & more. My agency welcomed me with open arms, they were so supportive, really pushing me with work and exploring the city. They were like a second family to me. I got the chance to shoot several editorials, and build my book, but they also have larger campaign opportunities and commercials that don’t get noticed enough, such as their Edgar’s and Woolworth’s department stores.

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Of course establishing yourself in a new market allows you some down time as well. I was eager to explore and be a tourist in this city, and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the time I had here. I went to Stellenbosch Vineyards, South Africa’s top wine producing area; I have never seen a more beautiful landscape. It was amazing to taste all the variations in wine, and because our tour guide shared with us the history of cape town, along with the extensive history of each vineyard we visited, the experience was unforgettable. I loved hiking the local mountains, and toughing it out during shark cage diving as well. Possibly the best thing about traveling here is how delicious and crazy inexpensive their food is, and being a vegetarian I was happily greeted with many options for all meals of the day.”

Take a look at Lauren’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

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This. Is. EVERYTHING! Clearly, Athleta knows a thing or two about the daily lives of empowered women. Athleta  celebrates a woman’s  strength and control in their new #PowerToTheShe campaign.

Athleta is our favorite go-to fitness brand because it’s more than just perfectly practical, it’s totally fashion-forward.  So whatever you’ve got on your plate, Athleta can gear you up with apparel designed by and for female athletes that will easily transition into the other parts of your day.  They’ve even got an array of LBDs to sport at work or on a date!  Finally, a brand that keeps us looking and feeling both strong and chic at all times.

“Athleta customers want to do it all – they lead extremely active and busy lives but are still able to balance family, friends, exercise, work, and everything in between. Their desire to keep reaching for more is what ‘Power to the She’ is all about”, says their marketing VP.  We couldn’t agree more!  Our models were recently selected to be part of the new #PowerToTheShe campaign and totally embodied the Athleta woman.

Lauren Johnson is on top of the world right now.  Fresh off the plain from modeling in South Africa for a few months, she’s adjusting to life back in the states.  From castings, to jobs and everything in between, Lauren literally lives the slogan, ‘Power to the She’.  She loves that it reminds already strong women like her to bring that strength and independence to all aspects of their lives, and wardrobes.

 

 

15Niki Huey, mother of a beautiful little girl, could not agree more. “As a girl, I was always involved in any athletic activity that I could sign up for,” she explained. “The competitiveness and lessons taught–in both solo and team sports–is engrained in me. Now, as a mom to a young daughter, I really see and appreciate the value that sending messages of strength has to girls and women today.” As the bold narrative for the campaign suggests, Athleta understands that a woman is a source of limitless capability. We become stronger by empowering ourselves and encouraging others to strive for excellence as well. There is nothing a woman can’t do! Fo Porter, who has been one of the faces of the brand since early 2013 said she’s always felt “empowered by Athleta and all that they have to offer us women.” She went on to say, “I love who I am and the way I feel in their workout gear! Not only do I feel hot as hell, but it also drives me to kick that much more ass whatever activities I’m involved in. Whether it be in the gym, outdoors, yoga or Pilates; I’m confident in every step I take thanks to Athleta!”

 

 

Find a store or shop online at Athleta.com; there’s free shipping on orders over $50 and returns are always processed at no additional cost.

To get more fuel for a life in motion, you can also follow them on Instagram, or check out their blog.

Follow the models: Fo Porter, Lauren Johnson, and Niki Huey Or check out their portfolios.

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Meet Greta Jimenez! Born in Cuba, Greta’s gorgeous glow comes from her Hispanic background. Read on to learn more about Greta!

How do you describe your personal style?

Comfortable and chic.

When did you know you wanted to be a model?

I had it in me since I was a little kid. I spent hours watching fashion shows and looking at models and how they modeled, what their lives were like, etc. I really found the modeling and art world fascinating.

What excites you most about being a model?

Traveling to the most beautiful places and meeting amazing people from all over the world.

What item in your closet could you never part with?

My glasses and high waisted shorts.

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What’s your favorite hair or make up trick?

My favorite makeup trick is putting lots of mascara to open up the eyes! I never leave the house without it! My hair trick is cheap and easy to make. I apply avocado & olive oil maybe once or twice a month to keep it shiny and healthy. And of course, Biotin supplements once a day. A must have!

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can cry very easily.

Tell a random funny story of something that happened in your past.

My most random funny story happened 2 years ago at a fashion show. Right before the show I had to run quickly to the bathroom to change outfits. In the middle of all the rush and typical craziness I never realized there was a candle on next to where I had put my pants. Seconds later the pants were on fire and burning in flames. I started panicking! It was terrifying. I almost lost my mind in the bathroom trying to get the fire off the pants! Thank God for water and human instincts! I managed to put them in the sink and turn off the fire but I’m not going to lie…the pants were a total loss! It was quite embarrassing and scary. Now, I always double check for candles when changing in the bathroom.

 

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Take a look at Greta’s portfolio and follow her on instagram!

 

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Zeda is a textbook free-spirited, whimsical, go-with-the-flow kind of soul child. You could imagine, she’s no stranger to the festival circuit. She’s full of energy and loves a good beat. She is all over the music scene, so we asked her to share some her favorites with us.

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Favorite Band: Nirvana all day, every day.

Favorite Genre: Deep house if I’m dancing, but rock and roll if I’m jamming along.

First Concert: The Offspring at the 2010 Warped Tour, I was only ten.

Best Festival This Season: Desert Hearts for sure!

Why’s that?: Because, duh! You get to wear crazy clothes, and dance the night away in the middle of nowhere.

Song I Could Listen to on Repeat: Definitely “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash.

Do you play?: Nah no instruments, but I do sing.

 

Check out Zeda’s playlist of her favorite songs that wrap up summer!

 

Summer may technically be ending, but that doesn’t mean that we’re tired of looking at beach photo shoots. I mean, this is California after all! We’re all about the sandy feet and salty hair. Davia (@davia_gomez) gave us an inside perspective of her shoot with German photographer, Max Motel (@maxmotel). Read all about what really went into getting these gorgeous photos below.

“3 o’clock in the afternoon I was struggling to find parking in a dirt lot at El Matador State Beach. Finally I see a tiny spot and decide to try to squeeze in my car, and to my luck that is how I met Max. He was in the car I was going to box in (oops)! A friendly guy with an accent came out of his car and said, “You must be Davia”. Right off the bat there was great energy between us. After that he helped me squeeze my car in the spot and we were ready to get shooting! I opened my trunk and we rummaged through the suitcase of clothes I had brought to the shoot. After picking what we agreed to be our favorite looks we headed down the dirt trail to the beach. You couldn’t pick a more beautiful walk looking down at clear water, white sand, and feeling a refreshing breeze.

As we approached the beach we had noticed the tide had gotten high so we had no choice but to jump in the water and start shooting right away. Shooting in the water was full of laughs as neither of us had been there or knew the extent to how rocky it was, I’m positive I couldn’t count how many times each of us tripped! Max was incredible to shoot with, super easy going and fun. It felt less like being at a shoot and more just like being at the beach with a friend. He used a disposable underwater camera with which we took candid shots playing in the waves, laughing, and splashing around the water.

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After playing in the water a bit, the tide came up too high and we had to relocate. We found a high rock that rose above the tide and climbed it. Up there it was a little chilly as the wind picked up and the sun started to set. Lucky for me I was with a nice photographer who let me shoot with a towel wrapped around me until the sun was perfect!

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Around 7 the sun had almost set, making a pink glow in the sky. So we decided for our last hour to hop back in the water and catch the light. When it all faded we walked back to our cars. I had such a fun day but how could I have not because when you live in California! Nothing beats being in the ocean, and when you’re modeling nothing beats working with a great photographer.”

Here are some of the images Davia and Max captured from their Malibu rendez-vous!

Photographer Maximilian Motel is currently based in Berlin, but tries to spend as much time as possible in Los Angeles- which he fell in love with a couple of years ago. His work consists largely of portraiture, ranging from street portraits taken in LA and NYC to fashion portraits.

To view his full portfolio, click here. To follow him on instagram, find him @maxmotel.

Follow Davia @davia_gomez, or take a look at her full portfolio here.

 

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We recently chatted with Jocelyn ( @jocelyncoe_ ) and her mother, Jennifer Coe, who was also a model! Now we know where Jocelyn gets her good looks from!

Nous Models: What made you want to model?

Jennifer Coe: A friend of my parents was friends with Nina Blanchard and he suggested I model.  My parents were not really informed about the modeling biz, but thought that it might be a good way to pay for college.  I worked in a retail clothing store during high school (at $1.65/hr!) and needed more $$ for college.

N: When did you start modeling, and how did you like it?

Jennifer: Nina Blanchard found me when I was in high school. She shared my photos with Eileen Ford, who invited me to live with her in New York the summer after graduation! It took a long time for me to find my niche…. Back to LA for school, NY in the summers. I booked a Breck shampoo commercial which was cut into 5 commercials, and could afford to stay long enough to find steady work in the catalogue side of the business.  I was with Ford for 21 years… a lot of very good times and happy memories!

N: Has the industry changed since then?

Jennifer: YES!  Trememdously—the internet is the most obvious change.  Portfolios online, clients online, and communications much faster.  We didn’t even have cell phones—I carried rolls of dimes and knew where every phone booth in town was!

N: How do you feel about Jocelyn’s career?

Jennifer: Mixed—I know how hard it can be.  Few careers require constant job interviews and rejection which at times can feel personal.  Sometimes it is hard to keep one’s spirits up when you are “judged”.  You learn every “flaw” you have physically, which can be a bit cumbersome. However, the opportunities to travel, meet so many different people, and make a good living at a young age are very rewarding.

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N: Jocelyn, did your mom influence you to become a model?

Jocelyn: Yes! She was a really good model. I look at her photos regularly for inspiration. She didn’t want me to go this way, but she knows how excited I am about it so she’s doing what she can to help me! I feel very lucky and proud to have ended up at Nous!

N: Jennifer, anything you’d like to say to Jocelyn and other young models?

Jennifer: I’d like to remind her that modeling is for young people, and that she will not always be young.  Remind her that modeling can be used to open doors—and she should  be aware of those openings.  Remind her to enjoy, but work hard and never stop learning—in school or out of it.  She will be her own boss and run her own business!

Wise words, indeed! 

 

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Ever feel so overwhelmed with your life that you don’t even know where to begin?  We do.  I mean, come on!  Any tried-and-true fashion girl has a lot on her plate for one day.  We get things done!  You’ve got work, play, the gym, dinner, friends- don’t forget your social media feeds, and some shopping time if you’re lucky- sometimes it all just seems like too much!  T.M., an abbreviation short for Transcendental Meditation, is the twice-daily practice of mantra-based meditation.  In short, it’s a great way for people with super-chaotic daily lives to stay grounded, centered, and inspired.

Award winning film director, writer and producer David Lynch has taken on the task of sharing these enlightening techniques with the world with his nonprofit organization, The David Lynch Foundation.

Our girl Alyssa Miller (@luvalyssamiller) says she owes her sanity to T.M.; so when her friend and fashion publicist Robyn Berkeley proposed a capsule collection of lounge and activewear benefiting the David Lynch Foundation, she was all on board.

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“It changed my life. You spend twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes at night giving yourself the time to sort through your emotions. It’s all about change from within, like our T-shirt logo says, and this collection just made sense because it’s about eating well, working out, taking care of yourself, and giving back.” – Alyssa 

LIVE THE PROCESS, David Lynch Foundation and Alyssa Miller Collaboration

 

To get your hands on the beautiful collection that donates a portion of proceeds directly to the David Lynch Foundation, check out http://shop.livetheprocess.com

To read Alyssa’s statement for Live the Process, click on over to http://livetheprocess.com/2014/07/bringing-beauty-light-together/ 

 

Thanks Alyssa, for reminding us that our Instagram filters aren’t the only that make us look and feel better about ourselves.  Change begins within.  Live the Process!