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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:

What do you love about makeup? 

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.

Elvis Presley and his beautifully ‘done-up’ bride, Priscilla, on their iconic wedding day in 1967.

 

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 

Sephora will always be my favorite! I’ve shopped there since I was very young, and worked in the Beverly Hills location before I began modeling so it will always have a place in my heart.

Is there any kind of makeup that you can’t leave the house without? 

My lip gloss! I like having a bare face, but need my Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb or I feel incomplete.

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.

After, I spot conceal anything that wasn’t covered before with the Kat Von D Lock It concealer, as it’s very high coverage. To keep in all in place, I set it with a light layer of the Fenty Beauty Translucent Blotting Powder.

Then to add a natural glow, I use Cover FX’s Click Highlighter in Gilded to the high points of my face. It’s cream, but blends on top of powder without a problem.

For brows, I like NYX Brow Pencil, and for mascara nothing beats Urban Decay’s Perversion. I’ve used it for years! Lastly, I add the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb and I’m ready to go! It may sound like a lot, but it only takes about 10 mins tops so it’s great for everyday.

 

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.

Also, I like to use the Eve Pearl Blush Trio and Vapour Beauty Solar Transparent Bronzer in “Spicy” together to add some color and definition to my cheeks. The “Spicy” shade is great because it works on very light skin tones to deeper ones such as mine.

For lips, my current favorite is the “Walk of Shame” Matte Lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury because it goes with any look. If I’m feeling bolder, Urban Decay’s “Bad Blood” Matte Lipstick is super flattering.

What is your favorite drugstore brand? 

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.

Tori (top left) modeling for KKW Beauty.

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.

Tori modeling for KKW Beauty.

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!

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Lindsay ~

Name?

Lindsay Conway.

How old are you?

19 years old.

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL.

Which superpower would you want to have?

Time travel, so I can erase all my embarrassing moments and to visit Studio 54 to meet Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

Rome, Italy. Where I can indulge on pasta and drink wine legally.

How do you kick back and relax?

Sleep, sleep, and more sleep.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

“You have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Buying Boom-Chicka-Pop popcorn in bulk on Amazon, so I don’t run out.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?

Cher Horowitz from Clueless. She had a digital closet that helped her decide what to wear daily and was filled with the best designers from the 90s.

 

 

 

Who was your childhood crush?

Zac Efron (still current crush).

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

Kim Possible for sure! She balanced saving the world, being a cheerleader, all while maintaining a 4.0; she’s badass.

What’s your favorite 1900’s/2000’s jam?

Toni Braxton- You’re Making Me High.

Which emoji would capture your essence?

Definitely the alien emoji. I’m a total weirdo.

 

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Chandler ~

Name?:

Chandler Bailey.

How old are you?:

21 years of fun.

Where are you from?:

Nashville, TN.,

(otherwise known as the Greatest Place on Earth.)

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

I am deeply passionate about animal rights. I volunteer at a shelter in Culver City called Michelson Found Animals, where they save stray dogs and cats from what can be described as “death row” at various kill shelters in Los Angeles. I’ve always been fond of animals but after working so intimately in this little community, nursing sick baby kittens and pups back to health and getting them ready for adoption has brought me indescribable and immeasurable joy. Adopt, don’t shop! 😉

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Wait… I have to pick one? It’s a tie between popcorn, an Impossible burger from Umami, or binge watching The Office. But I’m not guilty about any of those.

What is the most important memory you have and why?

One of the best memories I have comes from back home in Nashville, when I was around 10 years old. We lived right by a huge open field and in the middle of the night one summer, my mom woke me and ran me outside in my PJ’s. What I saw was absolutely unbelievable- What seemed like an endless ocean of fireflies, that stretched as far and wide as our eyes could see, flying around in perfect harmony, canopied by the brightest, clearest starry night you ever did witness.

We spent an hour sitting on the sidewalk in the tiny hours of the morning, while my mother showed me constellations and we just admired the beauty around us. This memory comes to mind when I start to feel trapped or overwhelmed. It brings me back home and makes me feel good, knowing that view is waiting for me each summer I visit Tennessee.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some insanely amazing places like Italy, Bali, and Iceland. To be honest, I really just want to go to Hawaii… Everyone I know has been except for me. What’s up with that?

Have you overcome one of your fears?

YES! I recently shot a commercial for a helicopter company called Blade. As someone who has always been deathly afraid of flying (I picked a great gig,  huh?), I had to play it cool on set. Set being, of course, a helicopter taking off from the Santa Monica Airport and flying to Palm Springs for the day. Concealing my terror while being on camera was quite challenging at first, until I realized flying in a helicopter is some of the most fun you can POSSIBLY have. I dare say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ll travel by helicopter over plane any day of the week.

 

What’s the most embarrassing trend that you gave into?

So… you know Crocs? Somewhere in my mother’s attic, hidden away so as not to burn anyone’s eyes of out their heads, lies a photo of a 12-year-old Chandler. Not wearing Crocs, but a bubblegum pink, fur-lined off-brand variation called none other than… Aqua Ducks. Typing this made me sad.

What are you most proud of?

I am truly proud of myself for how hard I worked to get to where I am in my career. I knew I wanted to do this from a very young age. I didn’t listen to anybody who told me I couldn’t do it or wouldn’t make it. I worked my booty off growing up to save enough money so I could move out here and make a career for myself, completely on my own. I have done just that and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful that it worked out.

 

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Johnny Cash. Humid summer days. Freshly cut watermelon.  I also have about a million photos of my mother and 6-year-old brother on my phone, which whenever I scroll through, obviously, I shed a tear or two.

What is your dream pet? (It doesn’t have to be traditional!)

Piles of puppies and kittens. Hopefully this won’t remain just a dream.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

There is a prayer that I was required to recite in school every day, that never felt significant to me until recently. Whenever I feel stressed, confused, or sad, this prayer calms me down.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

 

 

 


 

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Courtney ~

 

 

Name?:

Courtney Kitt

Where are you from?:

I was born in Canada, raised in Mexico.

What inspires you the most?:

I am inspired by people who are true to themselves, those who honour and love themselves. When you acknowledge the potential you have to be the best you that you can be, you shine that much brighter. It is this inspiration that has helped made me stay true to me.

What’s been you greatest achievement (so far)?:

Following my dreams. I worked my butt off building my book so I could apply for a work visa to come to LA. Getting signed to NOUS, A LOT of paper work, saving money and dedicating myself to a healthy lifestyle have all led this achievement. More than anything, I had to keep my eye on the prize, be patient and persevere. Making a permanent move to a new country is a big deal, and I did it!

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

Honestly, I am most passionate about work. I LOVE being a model. This career has allowed me to meet and work with the coolest people, travel to different places and keeps me motivated. It has taught me to honour myself and live my life by design, fully engaging in each experience and excited for each new day..and each new office of the day!

What’s under your bed?:

Well, I just moved into a furnished apartment. I absolutely HAD to de clutter the space and hide everything…Under my bed!!! If you look under there, you’ll find all types of things from place mats, to ugly cushions, drapes and a god awful rug.

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

 

Meat! I have been plant based for almost three years. This is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. I can’t imagine eating any other way.

What is the most important memory you have and why?:

Moving to Mexico when I was eleven. We packed our lives up in Canada, got into the car,  and drove down to the paradise that I call home. I’ll never forget that drive across two countries. I was squished between all of our belongings in the back seat for the entire journey, filled with anticipation and excitement. The rest is history!

If you needed one, what would your DJ name be?:

Funny you ask! Be on the look out for DJ Kitt.. music is something I am pursuing.

What are you most proud of?:

I’m most proud of having had the opportunity to grow up bi-culturally. Along the way, the gift of a second language is now mine. Being the new kid in a new country wasn’t always easy, and it took some time for me to gain the confidence to actually speak Spanish. Now, I realize what a gift it is and I honestly get a kick out of peoples reactions when I speak Spanish here in California.

How would your best friend describe you?:

I like this question a lot, so I actually reached out to my best friend and asked. She said, on one hand I am kind, compassionate and very spiritual. But, look out cause I am also fierce, determined, and never give up!!

Who is your role model, and why?:

My mom. She taught me to live a life outside the box and is most definitely one of the most hardest working people I know.

 

 

 

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Haley ~

Name?:

Haley Collins

Where are you from?:

Southern California- Born and raised!

What’s been your greatest achievement so far?:

I’d have to say beating Cancer not only once, but twice is my greatest achievement to date! I was diagnosed in High School and again when I was 19. Although I had to go through 6 months of intense Chemotherapy and lost all my long blonde hair, I would never change the experience I went through. Getting up every morning and choosing to live a life filled with love and positivity despite battling a life-threatening illness, taught me I have the power within myself to concur any challenge life throws my way. Today, I am not only 4 years Cancer free, but I am a bad-ass warrior that plans on using the lessons I have learned and the strength I have gained to make the world a better place!

 

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave into?:

Parachute pants. 7th grade. We don’t speak of that time in my life.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?:

I would say it’s a tie between Margot Tanenbaum from The Royal Tanenbaum’s and Penny Lane from Almost Famous! I love that both women have an unapologetic style that goes against convention. I love the 70s vibes of both ensembles and the bold statement pieces. And Penny Lane’s shag coat? I mean talk about iconic!

Which superpower would you want to have?:

I would love to be able to heal people with water bending- like Katara from Avatar the Last Air Bender (Nerd alert!). Being a Pisces I have a strong connection with water and I can’t imagine a power more meaningful than being able to heal those in need.

 

 

What would your DJ name be?:

HALEY BALLINZ!

Have you overcome on of your fears?:

I try to do one thing every day that scares me but my most recent fear I have

faced is my crippling (and I mean crippling) fear of heights. I recently got into Rock Climbing and I have been forced to face my fears head on. There’s no feeling more rewarding than looking at a wall and thinking “there’s no way I can climb this thing” and then conquering it!

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

I would totally be Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberry’s! She has a monkey as a best friend, and I have a pet pig named Penelope who is my best pal. Not to mention, I have always secretly wished I could talk to animals.

 

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

I am obsessed with quotes, but a few of my favorites are:

“Be Here Now.”

“To thine own self be true.”

“Keep it simple.”

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

I would love to travel anywhere tropical! I love warm weather and water so somewhere like Costa Rica or Bali would be amazing. I can totally picture myself living in a Yurt on the beach watching the sunset with a Pina Colada in my hand!

What inspires you the most?:

Selfless acts of loving compassion inspire me. When I was 7 years old, I remember seeing a woman give the coat off her back to a homeless man on the street. I think about the impact this simple act of kindness must have had on that man’s life. We all have the power to make the world a better place and I try to infuse the world with as much love as I can every day.

 

 

 

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Well, the time has finally come! Alyssa Miller has just updated her vintage line, Pilgrim, and we couldn’t be more excited about the new arrivals. Her line, consisting prior of only vintage clothing, has expanded its inventory to including her first collection of handbags and travel accessories. Vogue called it, “the Boho luggage of your dreams,” and after scrolling through the line, we couldn’t agree more! Take a look below to see a preview of her new inventory:

 

The Rose Handbag: Exclusively at Pilgrim

 

“Every rose has its thorns right? Not this beauty. Prepare yourself for a lot of compliments.  Hand made in Mexico using sustainably sourced leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede lining.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

The Paloma HatboxExclusively at Pilgrim

 

“The Paloma makes our hearts flutter. The hatbox of our dreams. Designed to protect your hats while you travel or just be your go to weekender. The elasticated pocket is designed to fit most laptops and don’t forget the handy passport pocket as well.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

The Sonder Briefcase: Exclusively at Pilgrim

 

“The Sonder case is a little more than your average briefcase. This versatile piece has an elasticated pocket that perfectly fits your laptop, and notebooks. There is also a handy pocket perfectly designed to fit your passport and smart phone. With plenty of room for a change of clothes, your toiletries, camera, whatever you may need close at hand through out your work day or your travels.

Hand made in Mexico using responsibly soured leather and (our favorite part) vegan suede interiors.”

 

…and if you need something to accompany your new Pilgrim hand bag, this bag tag is the perfect cherry on top!:

 

Custom Luggage TagExclusively at Pilgrim

 

“Add a personal touch to your Pilgrim pieces with this customizable luggage tag. Three letters maximum. Please allow extra time for shipping.”

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These vintage items below are pre-loved and has been chosen for their unique characteristics that come with time. Fading, wearing, and other abnormalities display each item’s history and add to its character and charm:

80’s Puff Sleeve Blouse:

 

 

70’s Embroidered Crop Top:

 

Embroidered Kimono Top:

 

 

70’s Knit Gown:

 

 

Denim 70’s Jumpsuit:

 

Rare 60’s Navy Patent Leather Coat:

 

Black 70’s Dead Stock Wrangler Suit:

 

 

 

 

Love what you see thus far? Shop the rest of Alyssa Miller’s Pilgrim line by clicking this link.

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Photography – Harper Smith Instagram | Website.

She’s so Nous! Meet, Georgia ~

Name?:

Georgia Grace Martin.

Where are you from?:

I’m from London.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?:

The most beautiful place on Earth (for me) has to be Australia. I’m in love with the Australian lifestyle and i’ve spent many months there. Every time, I can’t believe how beautiful all the beaches are – I can’t even name my favourite beach! Every morning, I would make sure that I would watch the sunrise on Bondi Beach to start my day. If you haven’t been before, you must!

What’s your favorite weekend activity?:

Hmmm, to be honest, I love to spend every Saturday and Sunday morning doing a long yoga class to start. Then, I go for an açai bowl (still haven’t found the best place in LA) and then after I see friends while going to the markets  (shopping). I like to completely chill at the weekend to rest. During Sunday evenings, I always like to go to the movies. It’s my favourite.

 

Which superpower would you want to have?:

Has to be to stop time – there was a childhood tv program I used to watch called, “Bernard Watch,” where he had a stopwatch to stop time and people. He had the whole world to himself when he wanted – that would be my dream… life goes to quick!

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

Live everyday – don’t worry about the small things – appreciate everything you have – don’t give up when times are hard – always reach your goals – everything does happen for a reason.

What’s your guilty pleasure?:

Has to be food (of course). I lived for two years in Paris: Almond croissant with chocolate (every now and then).  Oulala!

What’s under your bed?:

SHOES – Well, boxes of shoes. My weakness is shoes. I buy and forget what I have under my bed!!!  (always)

If you needed one, what would your DJ name be?:

If I could have a DJ name ahaha..  I actually spoke about this on a job in Australia and it came together.

DJ Name = GDOG OR GBOMB!!!

 

 

What is the most important memory you have and why?:

I have a few. The 1st one that comes to my head was in Africa. I went to Africa last January and watched the migration of animals cross the boarder. It was the most magical thing that I’ve ever seen. Also being able to see the last White Rhino in flesh. No words! Magic!

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

I’m not really a person who likes to sit by the pool and chill. I love to see things as i’m a little tourist, seeing places I’ve never seen. So, I probably won’t travel in just one place. I would love to go to India and travel all around India – it’s my dream. Bucket list this year!

What is your favorite era of music and why?:

90s Hip hop all day everyday!! It isn’t the same nowadays!

 

 

 


 

Can’t get enough of Georgia? Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

 

 

Hello, Dollface! After a couple years of fawning over Katya Vladykina’s flawless glow, we thought it would be only fit to get the scoop on her daily beauty routines. From natural-wear to glam-time, Katya spilled all of her secrets. To see what she advises, take a look below:

Katya taken by Brian Love

1. Is there any kind of makeup that you can’t leave the house without?

I am super simple when it comes to makeup and I love to keep my face fresh! So, I just bring my Rose or Cocoa Butter Mini Lip Vaselines (to die for) and Mario Badescu’s Rose Water Face Spray.

Vaseline – Rose

Mario Badescu – Facial Spray

Vaseline – Cocoa Butter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. What is your daily skincare routine?

My skin care routine mostly happens before I go to bed. I wash my face with a Cera Ve Cleanser that does wonders at gently getting everything off. I’ve also been using Witch Hazel as toner – which is a natural option with lots of amazing benefits! Finishing it off, I’ve been using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream as a deep moisturizer through the night. I wake up and just re-moisturize my face for the sun beams of the day ahead (preferably with some SPF)

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Gel

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Powder Duo

3. What is your go-to natural look? What products do you use?

My go-to natural look starts and ends with some definition on my eyes and eyebrows. I looove the brow products by Anastasia Beverly Hills and use the Brow Powder, as well as the Clear Eyebrow Gel. I ALWAYS curl my lashes, add some mascara, & voila! In my opinion, mascara is just black goop so I switch it up every time but right now I’m using Urban Decay Perversion and it’s bomb 🙂

Katya taken by Brian Love

4. What is your go-to “night out” look? What products do you use?

Now for the night out look – just add shimmer shimmer shimmer!!!! Shimmer on the cheeks in the form of a Becca Highlighter, shimmer on the eyes in the form of Stila Liquid Eye Shadow (Kitten color is gorgeous), smudge out some eyeliner, and add some lipgloss!!! My fav is White Russian by Buxom (partially because I’m Russian & very white most of the year).

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream – White Russian

STILA Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – Kitten Karma

Becca Cosmetics – Highlighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katya taken by Brian Love

5. What is your favorite drugstore brand?

Growing up, Elf was the ISH!!! $1 makeup??? Heck ya!!!! However, NYX has some really bright and fun options for any occasion.

6. What is your favorite era of makeup?

Absolutely right now. I love the natural, fresh dewiness and glow. Today’s makeup accentuates natural beauty at its finest and lets the personality outshine the highlight. 😉

7. What cosmetics brand are you excited to try, but haven’t yet?

Oh man – Definitely the high end French makeup brands: Estée Lauder, Dior, YSL, etc. I’ve always dreamed of having a little vanity full of French lotions, oils, and all things lovely.

 

 

Coconut Oil

Katya taken by Brian Love

8. What is your most cherished beauty product?

COCONUT OIL – it is my forever holy grail product!!! I put it in my hair, on my body, basically everywhere I can. Not only does it make you want to eat yourself at every hour of the day, but it is so so so moisturizing on just about everything!

9. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Ohmygosh, Sephora is my black hole heaven on earth – I could spend hours in there spritzing and swatching!!!!

10. What do you love about makeup?

I love that makeup is so universal. To some it adds confidence, and to other it’s self expression or a form of art. I love exploring it in all three of these ways. 🙂

 

Can’t get enough of Katya? Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photos of Katya Credits:

Photographer – Brian Love | Instagram and Website.

Creative Director – Eleanor Love | Instagram and Website.

Hair and Makeup – Bethany Garita | Instagram and Website.

Small town girl with big dreams! Nothing inspires us more than the transformation Moe took on when she decided to leave her hometown for the City of Angels. To learn more about her journey, take a peek below:

Moe taken by Wes Klain.

 

1. Name:

Hello! My name is Monique Marie Stuck A.K.A Moe.

2. Where are you from (City, State): 

I was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, home of the rolling plains & cornfields!

 

3. What were the first steps that you took after deciding to move to California?:

SAVE MONEY!!! Then, naturally, I attempted to plan it all out detail by detail for about three months in advance, only to find out that LA doesn’t do anything one month in advance, let alone three! So, after pulling my hair out up until about a week before we left, I gave up, booked an airbnb, and decided that I would drive cross-country. If it was meant to be, it would all work out if I tried hard enough. If it didn’t work out, I knew it would make for a great adventure!

A little Moe thinking about all the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

4. What initially prompted you to move to Los Angeles?:

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to experience living elsewhere the first chance that I got. It just so happened that chance came after graduating college. As for my decision to move to LA… that was fueled by the fact that it was one of the few places I had already traveled to and really enjoyed. Do I think I’ll be here forever? Probably not. But LA is a great place to start with its limitless opportunity and beautiful weather.

5. What was something that stuck out to you/inspired you when you first arrived in LA?:

People in and around the city are much more health conscious in terms of leading active lifestyles and what kind of foods they’re eating. I’ve learned how important the foods you’re putting into your body is for your overall wellbeing. There are also so many fun ways to keep fit and healthy here! I’ve been inspired to seek out all these new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Moe enjoying her day out in nature.



I didn’t know much about things like pilates, yoga, cross-fit, boxing… I mean the list goes on and on! And don’t even get me started on how amazing the food choices are here. If you had asked me about going to a vegan restaurant before I lived in LA, I would probably have rolled my eyes. Now, I really do understand the hype. It’s amazing how much happier you can become when you open your eyes up to new things and educate yourself on what being healthy really means. Here in L.A., it’s a lifestyle and it’s fun, delicious, and exciting!
 

Moe at Boxing Class.

Moe taking in the view of the wild, wild west.

Moe shot by Alina Schessler.

6. Did you find it easy to ‘fit in’ in Los Angeles? What advice would you give a prospective model who fears that they may struggle with this?

I have never really “fit in” and I still don’t. I would never tell an aspiring model moving to LA on what they should do to fit in. LA is perhaps the best example of a city made up of “transplants” (people from other cities and countries who move here). I think it’s one of the reasons why it’s such a fun and exciting place to live because it’s made up of all these unique cultures and flavors. That wouldn’t happen if people didn’t stay true to who they were and where they were from.

My advice to anyone who’s struggling to “fit in” in a new place or even in the same place you’ve been for years – STOP TRYING TO FIT IN! We are all different and weird in our own unique way. Just be the best version of yourself and naturally, people with similar values will gravitate towards you.

 

7. How have you managed to stay humble in Los Angeles?  

Well for one, I was raised to believe that every person is equal and should be treated with respect and kindness regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how financially secure they are. That very principle is the foundation in which I was taught to build everything else.

Moe giving her biggest smile after cheering.

I was also taught to work hard for the things I want. Everything I have, I’ve had to work hard for and I know that if I want anything greater, I must continue to do so. I knew it was going to be tough sometimes and there would be days where I second guessed moving here, but I arrived here in a good mindset, with a happy soul, and I’ve only grown since then. I’m not saying I don’t have bad days (or even weeks), we all do, but I feel that I have really good, strong core values and those align with always trying to stay humble.

I think that appreciating your successes and accepting there will be failures along the way are both keys to remaining humble. I try to do things that reinforce that, like listening to Oprah’s super soul conversations on apple podcast and reading inspirational books!

 

8. Is there something particular that you feel new-comers to L.A. may potentially struggle with that you feel is preventable?

I can’t stress how important it is to surround yourself with the right group of people, not just remotely in Los Angeles, but anywhere. I’ve been lucky enough to have a group of friends here, as well as a family back in Iowa, that are so supportive and genuine. They all are also willing to remind me of how lucky I am to live where I do and have a career in modeling. That helps me stay grounded more than anything.

Moe twinning with her Mom. 

9. Out of your family, who is your biggest cheerleader? How have they expressed support for your dreams? (If you could include a photo of this family member with you – that would be awesome!)

My mother and my grandmother. They both support me in completely opposite ways. One is my limitless cheerleader while the other my voice of careful reason. They are both a force of nature!

My Mom is a single mother of six children. My grandmother is a single mother of two and has been confined to a wheelchair since she was in her early twenties after a plane crash. I always say that the amount of calamity that has taken place within our family would put the soaps to shame, Hahah! However, never once have I heard that been used as an excuse as to why something couldn’t be done. The words “I’m a single mother” and “I don’t have working legs” were never part of their vocabulary and it wasn’t until I left home, was on my own that I realized how hard both their lives must have been. Yet, they both went through life with all their hardships so strongly. Nothing has given me greater support for my dreams than having both of them as examples to show me I can do anything regardless the setbacks I have faced in life. They taught me to use my worst experiences as motivation and growth, rather than use them to hold me back.

 

Moe looking adorable in her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

10. What is the biggest difference between Los Angeles and your hometown?

After asking this question to a fellow Iowan friend, who also resides here in LA, her answer was TIME. She stated that time seemed to go at such a different pace than it did here in LA. Then I thought about my own answers such as traffic, population, and weather. I realized that all these things added up to TIME and how much more of it you seem to have in Council Bluffs, Iowa. All the commotion of the big city and even the beautiful weather all year round, make time go by so fast!

10. Is there anything that your hometown has in common with Los Angeles?:

We both have great food!

Moe rocking a simple white wardrobe, complimented with a fashionable pair of Pooh Bear slip-ons. Definitely a fashionista from the start!

 

11. In your opinion, what is one of your most valuable lessons that you’ve acquired after being raised in Iowa?:

Simplicity.

It’s not really a lesson, but I feel that it’s one of the most defining factors in how Iowa made me, well, ME! Iowa is comprised of mostly small towns, except for a few cities. When you don’t have 4 million people bustling around a town, life is much simpler.

The simplicity of my small town taught me humbleness, compassion, generosity, honesty, commitment, and most important of all, gratitude. When your town offers less to do in comparison to a big city, you appreciate and get excited about little things, like driving to Walmart with your mom to get groceries! I learned to truly value the little things, which is a lesson I’m finding out myself because I’m slowly realizing, that the little things are all that really matters.

 

12. Is there anything specific in Iowa that you wish you could put into your pocket and bring to Los Angeles, but can’t?:

My family, so every time I experienced something new and exciting, they could be right there with me.

13. Are there any stereotypes about Iowa that you feel should be put to rest?:

That we all live on farms, own a tractor, and say ‘Merica!

14. Do you ever feel homesick? How do/did you cope?:

Yes. I miss my family, but technology makes things a lot easier to cope. I love Iowa and wouldn’t trade my experience growing up there for anything. It will always have such a special meaning to me. I think it helps considering how many people in LA aren’t from LA; everyone understands the difficulties of being away from home.

Moe hiking the coastline of California.

15. Are there any new hobbies that you have adapted to since moving to Los Angeles?:

Hiking! It’s free and it makes my soul dance.

16. Has there ever been a favored moment in LA where you had to pinch yourself and say “this is surreal?”:

Yes! When Nous signed me I remember thinking, “this is surreal because I look like an ogre a lot of the time,” Hahaha! No but really, Nous was my number one pick in representation so getting that offer was a very surreal experience. I still have to pinch myself now and then to make sure my life is real.

17. How long did it take for you to feel ‘at home’ in Los Angeles?:

It’s weird because that feeling, of being at home, left me when I was about 14 and I didn’t get it back until about a year ago. I think home is where your soul feels most at rest and happy. I don’t think it’s constant, either. Everyone experiences that feeling at different times and I don’t think it’s entirely dependent on where you are, but rather how you are.

19. Do you have any other advice for prospective models that are looking to move to Los Angeles?:

JUST DO IT. If you have the right mindset, you’ll know that regardless what comes of the leap, the one thing you can be certain of is that it will make for an amazing adventure and a life changing experience.

Just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. What modeling looks like in the magazines and on the TV shows is much different than what it is actually like in real life – for most of us. You have to take care of your body and work hard, there is always going to be an element of rejection involved with the casting process, and you will be pushed out of your comfort zone at times – but hey, that’s true for anything worthwhile!

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Dakota ~

 

Name?:

Dakota Marquiss.

How old are you?:

I just turned 16.

Where are you from?:

I am from Los Angeles, California.

If you could chose, what superpower would you have?:

I would want to be able to read minds, for no reason other than I think that would be really funny.

 

What is the most beautiful place on earth?:

The most beautiful place on earth is Saint John, USVI. I never knew places like that actually existed until I discovered it. It would be my dream to go there someday.

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

Meat! I have been vegan for almost a year now and I truly love it. Many people think they could never go without meat or dairy, but after just cutting it all out I feel amazing about what I am putting into my body and just over all how I’m living.

What is your favorite era of music and why?:

Even though I was not alive during this time, I love music from the 1980’s. I think that there were many talented musicians back then, as well as there being much more complexity put into the music than there is now.

Do you believe in ghosts?:

I 100% believe in ghosts!  

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

I try to save them for last, but let’s be honest…they always go first.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

My favorite soundtrack is Grease. I actually have a playlist with all of the songs on it so I can listen to it all of the time.

What is your dream pet?:

I would definitely like to own a sloth. I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted one!

Do you have a book that changed your life?:

A book that changed my life was, “The Glass Castle”, by Jeannette Walls. This book really shows you what other people around you are going through and not to take what you have for granted.

 


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