Maitlyn Simmons

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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In the last decade, the Athleisure craze has swept the fashion industry off its feet. Who doesn’t love being comfortable and cute at the same time? We’re all about throwing on a stress-free outfit in the morning that doubles as workwear and gym attire– and one of our fave companies just released some gorgeous new items. Founded by two female professional ballet dancers and Harvard Grads, Carbon 38 retails gorgeous athletic wear for every occasion for girl bosses, from jumpsuits to swimwear. As one of the leading lights in the movement to provide clothing that promotes a healthy, active, and body positive lifestyle, we couldn’t have been more thrilled when Maitlyn was asked to model their latest release.  If you’re looking for fitness-inspiring outfits to help you get ready for bikini season, we recommend scooping up their best-selling Arrancada Parka, Jones Dress and a pair of their Williamsburg Leggings before they sell out! Keep scrolling to see how Maitlyn wears Carbon 38.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty. It’s so much more than just a pretty face, especially when it comes to the world of beauty photography! Part portrait, part fashion editorial- it’s an extremely difficult niche to master as a photographer. Not only do you have to have superior retouching skills and a keen eye for detail and editing, but you also need to have a killer makeup artist and a powerful connection with the model. A great beauty shot is something truly striking.

Jenn Collins and her arsenal of insanely talented MUAs have got all of the elements of a perfect beauty image down to a science. Time after time, Jenn and her team have demonstrated that they are some of the best artists in their field.  Here are some of the highlights of their best work with Nous Models:

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Photography by Jenn Collins

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Featuring Makeup by Jadyn Ngo, Archangela Chelsea, and Briana Chapman

Alena Zubakina / Alexis Ren / Allison Holton / Cat Haave / Emily Tender

Emily McGill / Maitlyn Simmons / Morgan White / Sydney Schafer

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Alexis Ren / Ashley Moore / Bridget Satterlee / Cat Haave / Danielle Herrington / Diane Murtha / Faith Picozzi

Grace Lynn / Lyzy Adler / Maitlyn Simmons / Naty Belmont / Paige Watkins / Sakura Heffron / Sydney Schafer

 

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Obviously, we could never come close to replicating the iconic work of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. Idolized by girls and guys alike (understandably), the SI Swim covers have long been a coveted spot for aspiring models worldwide. So, we decided to make this dream come true for a handful of the lovely ladies of Nous Models in an exclusive photoshoot for Nous Zine titled – what else – Nous Illustrated!

As a token of our love and appreciation for the famous SI Swim signature looks, Nous Illustrated is a fun expression of the growing talent here at Nous Models that we are amazed by every day. Captured by one of our favorite photographers Bogdan Morozovskiy, this featurette aims to inspire you to go for the gold. We hope you love it as much as we do!

The originals:

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1976:

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Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Davia Gomez / Lyzy Adler / Maitlyn Simmons / Naty Belmont 

Niki HueyPolina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Sydney Schafer / Zeda Navarro / Zelly Dugan 

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Here at Nous, we’re always on the lookout for new talent of all kinds. Sometimes we find them, and sometimes they find us. This summer, we were lucky enough to be approached by Yazzi Williams, a photography blogger who was in town from Australia. When it comes to a test photoshoot, Yazzi is pretty much a one stop shop! A talented photographer, makeup artist and stylist, we were so thrilled that she wanted to work with us. Bringing out soft, feminine qualities in the girls, and capturing perfect golden hour moments, her work is exactly what we were looking for. During her short stay here, we were able to coordinate eleven beautiful photoshoots. All of our girls loved her, and learned so much from the experience. Yaz, this one’s for you! Thank you so much for all of your hard work; we can’t wait until your next trip out here! Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments. To see more of her amazing work, or if you have any questions for her, check out her blog, Love Yaz Photo.

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The Models

Diane Murtha // Allison Holton // Chloe Bechtol // Holly Hicks // Brianna Gilchrist // Zeda Navarro

Zelly Dugan // Caralee Ellis // Wase Chief // Maitlyn Simmons  // Selena Sloan

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For a girl on the go, fitting in a workout routine can seem like the most daunting task (let’s be honest, we’d rather be spending that time devoted to Netflix). What can make the trip to the gym more fun, however, is looking good doing it. Which bring us to Vimmia: our latest workout gear obsession. And with a motto like “Engage Your Life,” what’s not to love? This luxe activewear line features stylish apparel for all of your yoga, studio and cardio needs.

We love that the brand focuses on creating balance and reconnecting with yourself–something that is easily lost in the craziness that is the holiday season. Needless to say, Vimmia should definitely be on your wish list this season. You can thank us later (after catching up on Scandal reruns, of course).

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Photos by Martin Rusch.

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Last week something super exciting happened: We had our first in-house casting in the Nous Fashion Den with our dear friends at Swell! As California girls, we can’t get enough of their huge selection of clothing and accessories for a surf-oriented lifestyle. I mean, we don’t actually surf or anything, but that doesn’t stop us from heading to Swell whenever we need to up our beach-attire game!  Plus, they update their collection daily, which is an absolute must for true shop-aholics like us.

Part of the functionality of our new space is to be able to provide next-level services for our beloved clients, including in-house photoshoots and castings.  Nous Fashion Den castings in particular are designed to be both a convenient and luxe experience for our clients.

As you can see here, the process begins with all of the girls gathered in our open call area.

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One by one, they head into the next room for some one-on-one time with the client. In this case, the lovely Dana Wimberly from Swell‘s core team was there to greet the girls and get to know them a little better.  Dana sat casually on our pretty little couch (complete with sparkly authentic Moroccan textiles that we just can’t get enough of) and interviewed each girl.  From the same seat, she also had an unobstructed view of the studio area, so she could watch the girls model after speaking with them. Our Art Department Director and in-house photographer Ashley was right there to have the girls do a mock-ecomm shoot so that Dana could sit back, relax, and watch them do their thing. Fabulous!

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When building the studio space, we brought in the expert opinion of one of our favorite photographers, Ed McGowan, to help us get the lighting just right.  He did a fantastic job, look at how perfect these casting photos of the girls come out!  Of course, for ultra-convenience, we made sure to give Dana a thumb drive with all of the images to take with her back to Swell HQ.

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Thanks Swell, for testing out our new space with us!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Go check out our Women’s Board to see the girls’ full portfolios.

To cast with Nous Model Management in our new space, email the details of your shoot to bookings@nousmodels.com!