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School is out and summer is in session! ☀️ For many high schoolers, this means kicking back, heading to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. 👭🏖

However, recently signed Nous Model, Dakota Marquiss, had a different plan this summer. Eager to expand her modeling career, Dakota and her family traveled to Tokyo, Japan 🎎, for not only a fun family vacay, but also to meet with various agencies. It’s not a simple task breaking into the Eastern-Asian market, but with Dakota’s natural zest for exploration – it was a trip full of joy. 🎊

To learn more about Dakota’s first-time travels to Japan, peep 👀 her interview below:

Dakota, captured by: Wes Klain.

1.) Name?: 

Dakota Marquiss.

2.) Age?:

I am 16-years-old.

3.) Where did you travel to?:

Tokyo, Japan.

4.) What brought you there?:

I went with my family for summer vacation/visiting agencies.

5.) Before arriving what made this country stand out to you?:

The culture. In Japan, the (historical) culture is still so present, that it is really different from all the other places in the world.

 

6.) What agencies did you meet with while you were there?:

Yes. I met with four agencies – Zucca, Team, Image, and Satoru.

7.) What was the fashion like where you visited?:

I absolutely LOVED the fashion in Japan. A lot of it is pretty similar to what you would find here, however, the one thing that really stood out to me was all of ‘babydoll’ style clothing. I had heard about this before going, but I never thought that I would like it as much as I did!

The famous Japanese Harajuku ‘baby doll’ look.

8.) How did you get to place to place in the city you visited?:

The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s building.

In Japan, I walked and took the train most of the time, which, while being a little more difficult than driving, was definitely worth it! It gave me a chance to really experience the city and the culture.

9.) What songs/ type of music do you listen to while traveling?:

During this trip, I was obsessed with the Khalid album, American Teen, in particular. The songs  – “Saved” and “Another Sad Love Song” are seriously sooo good.

10.) What are some of the best locations/ hidden gems that most people have not heard of in the city that you visited?:

I don’t know if this technically considered a hidden jem, as I had never heard of it, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. We went at night and it was amazing! From the top of the building, you can see the entire city lit up and the view is incredible! It is one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen.

Dakota captured by: Wes Klain.

Dakota is all smiles as she explores the city of Tokyo.

11.) What do you do to stay healthy while traveling?:

The streets of Tokyo, Japan as captured by Dakota.

I spent A LOT of time walking in Japan so I think that definitely helped. I did have some trouble eating there, so what really helped was bringing some of my own snacks. With my own snacks, I could continue eating healthy without starving or eating something that I knew wouldn’t be good for me.

12.) What is something you brought that is not absolutely necessary but you liked having?:

One thing that I’ve always needed to have with me when I travel is something to read on the plane. This trip I brought the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It was really great way to kill time on the plane.

Dakota having her favorite Japanese meal, Ramen!

13.) What is one food that you could now never eat in your home country because you’ve tasted the original version in it’s country of origin and you’ve now been forever spoiled?:

Definitely ramen! I’ve always loved ramen, so honestly I’ll probably still eat it here, but it will NEVER be the same!!

 

14.) What was your favorite thing about your trip?:

By far, my favorite thing about Japan is how different it is than here (California). It’s almost like being on a different planet, definitely in a good way though. Pretty much everything is different there, which I think is what makes it so interesting!

 

 

Dakota taking in the more nature-esque side of Japan.

15.) What is the best time of year you believe to visit your city?:

I’ve heard that the best time of year to visit Japan is in the Fall because it’s not as hot and humid as it is during the Summer… which would definitely be a relief! Although, I would really love to go in the Spring because that’s when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and I’ve wanted to see that since I was like 13!

16.) Did you snag a cool item when you were abroad that you are excited about?:

Definitely!!! We spent a day shopping in Harajuku and I got some really great clothes that I don’t think I would’ve been able to get back here. I’m really excited about that!

18.) Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this location?:

Tokyo is a HUGE city and there is so much to see there! So, if there is something that are wishing to see, but it doesn’t work out, just let it happen because you will mostly likely run into something just as great!


Tokyo, Japan – Snapped by Dakota.

 

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“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

What makes a new artist rise in the music industry in 2018? With tons of ongoing competition surging into the charts each day, it takes a special person to stand out, emerging beyond anonymity.

When songbird and Nous model, Lee Rodriguez, first entered Nous – we were immediately blown away by her vocal talent. 🎤 Not only did she possess versatility (triple threat: model, actress, AND singer), but she was also extremely driven to start her career as a musician. After listening, we believe that she has what it takes. 💞 In an effort to learn more, we sat down with her and asked her questions about her history with music, as well as what her plans are for the future. ✨

To learn what Lee had to say, take a look below:

 

 

Photo taken by Brian Love.

 

1. Name?:

Lee Rodriguez.

2. Where are you from?:

Hesperia, California.

3. When did you first realize that you were a “song bird?:”

When I was a little girl! I always loved to sing along to songs, and have mini concerts in my bedroom.

4. What do you enjoy most about singing?:

I enjoy telling the stories of the songs.

5. Is there anything/anyone that has inspired you to partake in singing?:

My inspiration to become a singer happened at such a young age, I don’t have a specific memory on how or who inspired me. However, I remember always turning my tv to music channels, singing along to whatever artist came on, and that feeling alone was very inspiring to me.

Lee Rodriguez singing a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb:”

 

6. What’s your favorite piece of music and why?:

At the moment, it’s “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray. I’ve had the privilege to perform this song multiple times, and it is just one of those feel good songs where you can just emotionally engage every time. The meaning of the song is very moving as well, and very relevant to current times.

7. Do you like to write music?:

Yes, I usually start off by finding a couple melodies, then come up with a couple chord progressions that fit best around it, following an improvisation of lyrics, and I do that until I come up with something I feel good about.

8. When do ideas come to you?:

They come at most random times! Usually when I’m driving, though.

Lee Rodriguez covering “Creep” by Radiohead:

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

9. What inspired you to learn how to play the guitar?:

Well, for my birthday my awesome agent (Alex Fox) and manager (Atil Singh), bought me an acoustic guitar, and I fell in love the moment I started playing! I’ve been taking lessons, and playing for 6 months now. Overall, I am glad that I’m able to expand my knowledge musically, and artistically. Big thanks to my agent, manager, and awesome guitar teacher!

10. What was the first song that you learned to play on your guitar? Did you find it to be challenging?:

It was actually a song I wrote! Yes, it was a challenge because I was just getting comfortable with chords at the time. Also, having to switch from chord to chord made it ever more challenging, because my hand would cramp like crazy!

11. What is your favorite genre of music?:

At the moment, alternative R&B.

12. At what age did you perform in front of a live audience for the first time? Did it make you nervous?:

Funny story: I was about 6 or 7 years old in the casino of the Buffalo Bills hotel. I was watching this lady from afar sing on a stage at the bar. After, I then begged my mom to let me sing on the stage. So my mom asked the manager of  the hotel if it was alright, BUT of course, I had to be 21 years of age to even enter the bar. So instead, the manager let me sing on the staircase at the entrance of the hotel. My mom gathered people who were walking into the casino to watch me sing at the top of the staircase to “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus (for some reason as a 6 or 7 year old was my go-to song). I was nowhere near nervous! I was living, and treating it like one of my bedroom concerts!

Lee Rodriguez performing “America” from Westside Story:

Lee Rodriguez (on the right) and friends striking a pose in anticipation of their high school production of High School Musical.

Photo taken by Brian Love.

13. Do you ever get nervous when you perform?:

Every time before I go on stage I get an insane amount of nerves. But once I finally get on stage, and the music starts to play, I become more grounded and present, and the nerves go away.

14. If you had to pick one: Beatles or Michael Jackson?:

KING of Pop!!

15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years as a singer?:

Having an album dropped, and touring!

 

Lee Rodriguez performing “All I Want” by Kodaline:

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Izzy ~

 

1. Name?:

Hi! My name is Izzy Hoffman.

2. Age?:

I am 15 years old!

3. Where are you from?:

I am from sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

4. Which superpower would you want to have?:

I would definitely love to have the ability to fly because imagine the views! Also, it would reduce the amount of pollution from cars, and because I love birds!

 

5. Do you have a book that changed your life?:

As silly as this may sound, the one book that really shaped me to be who I am today, was actually a series that I read a in about 3rd grade called: How to Train your Dragon.

It really helped me to grow a passion for animals and it taught me how to be loving, and giving to others. There were other ramifications from reading this book at such a young age… a house full of pets, starting with a bearded dragon named “Weezy,” who is now eight years old!

6. Do you believe in ghosts?:

I think I have to say yes to that. I mean, how else would I lose all of my socks, my homework, and my jewelry? Obviously I didn’t lose them…

 

 

7. Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

This emoji To me, this emoji is excited, fashionable, and ready for an adventure!

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

I’ve always tried to be one of those “save the best for last” types of people, as they seem to have so much willpower,  but…it’s candy! I just can’t resist and I end up eating the best first, or whatever I see first.

9. Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation would be to visit the country of Chile. My first stop would be the Santuario Igualdad (@santuariogualdad), an amazing animal sanctuary run by two beautiful people who rescue the most vulnerable creatures, having been victims of the meat and dairy industries. Then, I would head to the thousands of miles of amazing coastline and, of course, a hike into the beautiful Andes!

 

10. Favorite movie or T.V show soundtrack?:

The Stranger Things soundtrack is epic because it’s all 80’s classics and I love 80’s music. It’s so upbeat, fun, and no autotune!

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

Oh man…too many for sure. Probably the most embarrassing would be the Silly Band era. I remember when there were days I’d go to school with Silly Bands covering each limb…fully.

12. What’s under your bed?:

Honestly, a lot of things. The secret to keeping such a clean and organized room is to shove everything under your bed!

 

 

 

13. What’s your favorite 1990’s-2000’s jam?:

Well, I don’t know if this is still my current fave, but it for sure used to be. When I was really young, I used to sing Gwen Stefani’s song called “Sweet Escape,” but to me, I referred to it as the “Woo Woo Song” (due to the main chorus background vocals). Interesting choice, I suppose?

14. Who/What inspires you the most?:

I would say that my mom’s passion and energy inspires me the most. She always puts in her best effort for anything and anyone, which takes a lot of compassion. She is also a very hard worker and she deals with a lot, but is always there to support me with all her heart in my career!

Thank you mom, for everything you do for me, I wouldn’t be typing this right now if it wasn’t for you.

 


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She’s so Nous! Meet Cora ~

 

1.) Name?:

Coralyn Ashley Moran.

2.) How old are you?:

19.

3.) Where are you from?:

I was born in Clearwater Florida and was back and forth between Florida and Huntley Illinois and a few other towns because I moved a lot.

4.) Whats under your bed?:

Honestly… Under my bed is not the prettiest sight. I am a very clean and organized person but sometimes I tend to throw a lot of pointless things under there. Like for example; I just looked underneath and I found a jumprope and 7 things of unfinished chapstick. Lol

 

5.) Do you believe in ghosts?:

Umm.. OF COURSE!

6.) What is your favorite era of music?:

2000’s for sure. Definitely some of the best singalong songs. My friends and I always play in the car or at home because we can literally sing our hearts out to every song.

7.) Whats your go-to karaoke song?:

“Summer Nights” from Grease.

8.) How do you kickback and relax?:

My ideal way to kickback and relax is wake up without an alarm, not have any plans, and just go with the flow. Maybe grab a coffee at a cafe, listen to some music, and journal. Or, sometimes I will literally do absolutely nothing and watch youtube videos all day about cooking and some of my favorite vloggers.

 

 

Cora for ASOS London.

9.) How many bones have you broken?:

I’ve only broken one, which was my wrist. I am honestly surprised that I’ve only broken one taking for how clumsy I am sometimes, haha.

10.) What inspires you the most?:

My mom. HANDS DOWN. She is THE toughest person ever and I appreciate everything she has taught me along the years. I know I have a lot more to learn, but she is such a genuine and real person. I absolutely adore her.

11.) How would your best friend describe you?:

My best friend would probably describe me as super weird and… funny? I hope, haha. I’m actually with her right now so I told her to write something down. So lets see what she has to say:

“I would describe Coralyn as caring, honest, kind, and down to earth. She always puts others before herself because she cares about the wellbeing and happiness of others, as well as herself. She also cares about the livesof everyone, including animals, which is part of the reason as to why she is vegan. She doesn’t care about high-end clothing and spending tons of money on herself. She would rather buy more things for less money, even if it’s not designer clothing or items.

I love Coralyn’s personality because she is very honest about everything and will always give opinions when needed, which makes her a caring. Another thing I have noticed since being best friends with her for 13 years, is that she is such a kind person to each and every person! Her kindness makes her such a beautiful person because she doesn’t care who you are or what you look like, she will continue to be kind to you. I love everything about Coralyn, but these are just a few things that come to mind when I think of our friendship.”

 

Cora on set behind the scenes for ASOS London.

12.) Which super power would you want to have?:

I would love to be able to read a person’s mind. I think it would super interesting to see what people are thinking verses from what they actually say.

13.) What motto do you live by?:

“Be a bottle of water, not a bottle of soda.”

I actually just recently came across this and it kind of just… stuck with me? The bottle is you and what’s inside are your emotions/reactions.

In the outside world, people are going to shake you and drop you sometimes. If you shake a bottle of soda, when you finally open up – you’re going to explode. But if you shake a water bottle, once you open up- it’s the same calm water it was just before you shook it up. Don’t let other people disrupt your inner peace.

 

 


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For many Americans, the summer months mean taking a break from regular routines, urging us to go on our next adventure. This year – Nous Model, Katya Vladykina, had the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and explore various hotspots in Italy. From bathing along the southern coastline of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, to exploring the famous landmarks of Rome – Katya’s trip was one for the books! To get some serious wanderlust, take a glimpse at her adventure below:

 

Katya looking radiant while traveling around the city of Rome.

1. Name?:

Katya Vladykina.

2. Where are you from?:

I’m originally from Minneapolis, MN.

3. Where did you travel to?:

I traveled to Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast!!!!

4. What brought you there?:

This was basically just a long awaited trip that finally happened with my fam bam, since we have wanted to go to Italy for sooooo long.

 

Katya is all smiles as she tours Rome’s famous landmark, The Colosseum.

5. Before arriving, what made Italy stand out to you?:

Ugh, the question should be what DIDN’T make Italy stand out to me – everything about it has always fascinated me. The gorgeous photographs I’ve seen, the culture, the history, and don’t even get me started on the Italian FOOD!!!!!

A delicious meal that Katya enjoyed on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

 

A beautiful and sunny day in Positano, shot by Katya.

6. How did you travel from place to place (walking, car, bus, train, etc) in the city you visited?:

Within Rome and Florence – we walked EVERYWHERE. That’s one of my favorite things about traveling to European cities, the ability to walk everywhere and experience GORGEOUS things and not be stuck on your butt in a car for hours.

However, while exploring the Amalfi Coast – We drove from there to Florence, renting a car. The car ride from the coast to Florence was through Tuscany, which held some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!!!

 

 

Katya shot by Stacy T.

 

7. What’s something you packed that’s not absolutely essential, but you liked having it?:

For me this is always, always, always a camera. On this trip, I also brought a polaroid camera, which was so so fun to play with and now these polaroids will be memories which I can look back upon forever.

Gelato – That’s amore!

8. If I visit Italy, what’s the one meal I shouldn’t miss?:

Oh man, don’t do this to me!!!!

Every meal, to me, was freaking incredible. The pizza, the pasta, the desserts, the coffee… UGH! The pasta there is cooked al dente, which makes it a little undercooked. Growing up, I was a total weirdo and would beg for my mom to undercook my pasta since I loved the crunch – so I was in al dente HEAVEN!

However, if I had to choose one meal, it would be the gelato. And yes, it can be a meal….for every meal of the day. It was the freshest, most mouthwatering amazingness I have ever tried!

 

 

There’s nothing like having Gelato in Rome!

9. Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?:

I loved how emotional the Italian people seemed to be. Any fight, any laugh, any conversation, was heard with so much emotion. I wish more Americans weren’t afraid to be emotional, openly show their feelings.

I also loved how people allocated time every day to relax, socialize, eat amazing food, and have amazing conversations. It’s important to find pleasures and experience them for yourself every day!!!

10. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?:

The gelato would have to be my answer for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat the fudgey, artificial Ben & Jerry’s pints every once in a while!!! But, anything labeled as “Gelato” here is just a fraud to me now.

Katya visiting The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512

11. What was your favorite thing about your trip?:

I was absolutely blown away by the history. It was my most favorite subject in high school, so all of the art museums, ancient Roman landmarks, and incredible stories literally brought tears to my eyes. Seeing and validating everything I learned about was fascinating like no other.

12. What time of the year do you believe would be the best time to visit your city?:

I LOVED going during the summer. Even though I’m sure it’s peak tourist season – there’s something about the idea of an Italian summer that just totally pulls me in.

Cooling yourself off with granita or gelato, or taking a dip in the Mediterranean in the Italian heat is just how I picture Italy!!! Although, I could eat that ish all year long….

 

 

Katya loving her new leather backpack.

13. Did you snag a cool item while abroad that you are excited about?:

Yes!!!

While in Florence, I visited one of the biggest street markets, which was a giant leather market as well. Italian leather is known to be the best of the best so I snagged the CUTEST little black leather backpack that I carried everywhere with me. The smell of the leather still reminds me of the trip.

14. What do you do to stay healthy while you travel?:

One of the BEST things about traveling, in my opinion, is the ability to be active, fascinated, and healthy while completely not thinking about it. Just the amounts of walking, skipping, and dancing through the streets as I explore them is usually more than any workout I do. I’ll get home after longdays of adventures and realize that I’ve walked 30,000 steps or more, which boggles my mind because it doesn’t even feel like a workout.

Views in Positano (The Amalfi Coast).

15. Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to there?:

ALWAYS keep an open mind while travelling!!! Take some time to really immerse yourself in the culture and learn as much as you can about it. Get an Airbnb instead of a well-known hotel. We booked only Airbnbs and the hosts were so passionate about their city, giving us secret spots and hidden gems that are now my favorite places there!

 

 

 

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Nous model, Aliya Protto, has only been signed with us since the beginning of twenty-eighteen – yet, her experience in the entertainment industry is already layered with success.

As a newly-retired USA athlete, Aliya has spent over a decade of her life performing in the competitive sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Now that she has officially transitioned into the modeling-sphere, we became eager to learn her backstory, understanding the wisdom that comes along with competing in a national sport. To read about her journey, as well as gain insight as to how rhythmic gymnastics has influenced Aliya’s modeling strengths, take a glance below:

 

 

Flashback to a young Aliya, who’s about to ‘get the ball rolling’ with her Rhythmic Gymnastics career.

1. At what age did you start participating in Rhythmic Gymnastics?

I started Rhythmic gymnastics when I was seven years old.

2. What motivated you to partake in Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Rhythmic actually kind of came to me. I was scouted outside of a gymnastics school, and went to a few trial classes. After that, my mother told me: “Ali, you can’t do gymnastics and take all these other recreational classes. Either it’s Rhythmic or you stay in swimming, art, and all those other activities.”

So, from there, I had made up my mind to stay with Rhythmic and gave up everything else. That was the first time I’d fallen in love with something.

 

Aliya training for her next competition.

3. When training, how many hours a week, on average, did you participate in rhythmic gymnastics?

On average we would train about 25 hours a week. During competitive season, we would train anywhere from 4 to sometimes 7-8 hours a day. Usually these hours were broken up, but sometimes they were all in one big chunk, which could be grueling!  National Team camps and international training sessions were the most intense, but they were also an honor to be a part of, and extremely rewarding.

4.  Describe your daily life as a professional athlete.

My professional training really picked up in my teen years, after I had made the National Team at the age of 16.

My daily life became: wake up, go to first practice in the morning, come home to study/finish my homework, squeeze in a quick nap if time allowed, and then I would be off to a second evening practice. I would usually get home around nine, have dinner, study some more, go to bed, and then be ready to do the same thing the next day.

Aliya taken by Marcel Indik.

 

Aliya Protto (USA) competing in 2015.

5. What ‘life tools’ do you feel rhythmic gymnastics has taught you that you may not have gotten anywhere else?

Towards the end of my career, I really learned to not care what other people thought of me. At first, it was extremely intimidating when I started to compete on the world stage, with such amazing gymnasts. I felt very insecure, like I didn’t totally belong. But, as time went on I just came to this realization that none of it mattered, I didn’t need validation anymore because I understood that I was “enough” the way I was.

It also taught me the importance of being passionate about something. Life isn’t perfect, and things don’t always happen the way you want them to, but it’s all irrelevant if you’re passionate about what you do. Passion is the force that keeps you moving forward, no matter what life throws at you!

6. What was your single greatest achievement in rhythmic gymnastics?

There were some really amazing moments, but the single greatest was in 2016. I was Senior All-Around Champion at Pacific Rim, winning 5 gold medals! I was happy because, in that competition, I was totally in the zone, and I had so much fun performing. It made the event all the more special!

 

Aliya – USA Gymnastics Championships 2015.

7. What was the hardest move to master in rhythmic gymnastics? How did you feel when you accomplished it?

There were sooooo many, haha! I cant really single one out, but the feeling of mastering a trick or a move is exhilarating. It’s that moment that everything clicks and falls into place, and just creates this amazing mix of joy, relief, and excitement!

8. Were there any role models that inspired you?

Omg Yes! I looked up to so many beautiful gymnasts that I still admire even today. There was the beautiful Anna Bessonova from Ukraine, Irina Tchachina and Evgenia Kanaeva from Russia, and Liubov Charkashyna from Belarus! They were the reasons I pushed and trained so hard because I wanted to be on the world stage like them!

9. It’s no secret that rhythmic gymnastics is an extremely physical sport. What were some of the things that you did to upkeep your fitness?

Aliya’s digitals taken by Nous Model Management.

A lot of what we did revolved around stretching, technique, strengthening, and diet. We stretched everyday to stay flexible and keep muscles lean. We did many hours of ballet for technique, and strengthening exercises to keep strong and maintain proper form. We also had to maintain a very healthy diet and very little body fat, to ensure we could jump high and maintain speed throughout our performances.

10. On any given day, what would have been the top reason that may have deterred you from practicing?

Pretty much being sick with the flu and not being able to remove my body from my bed!!!

11. What was (or is) your favorite song to work out to?

I had two! One was “Lean On” by Major Lazer! That was my workout & pre-performance jam, I listened to that song before going into the gym! The other one was “The Fire”  by the Roots, that song I also listened to religiously while warming up before a competition!

12. What inspired you to transition into modeling?

Aliya modeling for Lululemon.

Being in rhythmic, I felt very connected to the arts. It incorporated the art of movement, expression, grace, music (considering we performed to songs that came from various musical categories) —we even had beautiful ornate costumes! So to me, the idea of modeling, and the idea of being a part fashion seemed like a perfect fit. I saw modeling as being a part of another world of art, and I felt that would be the best transition for me.

13. Thus far, have you had the opportunity work with any athletic brands since joining Nous? What was it like to work with these brands?

Yes I have! I have booked quite a few jobs with Lululemon, which has been such a fun experience!! It was exciting for me having the opportunity to model clothing that my teammates and I used to train in, as well as being able to showcase some of my skills for the brand!

14. Is there anything that rhythmic gymnastics and modeling have in common?

Actually yes, in both areas I find that the way of telling a story is very much the same. You cant speak in either modeling or when performing in Rhythmic, so you have to really rely on your facial expression and body movements to really communicate and express yourself.

Aliya’s digitals taken by Nous Model Management.

 

15. Do you still participate in rhythmic gymnastics on occasions for fun?

Not as much. My main focus now is modeling, but I still will get out my equipment every now and then and play around a bit, and still work on maintaining my flexibility.

16. Do you feel that having a background in Rhythmic Gymnastics has helped transition you into the modeling world? In what way?

Absolutely!

Rhythmic really gave me some tough skin, and I think that has helped me so much in pursuing modeling. It has given me that “I don’t quit” mindset, and even when things don’t go smoothly, there is this resilience that my former athletic mind has instilled in me. It has also given me a great understanding of my body and how it moves, which I feel is essential for modeling as well. I feel that this aspect makes me different, and that I can bring something different to the table besides just a pretty face. It has also served me very well in the aspect of discipline, and hard work. At the end of it all, nobody cared if you were tired or things were hard, the only thing they remembered was if you did your job, and did it well.

 

Aliya is all smiles as she accepts her award.

 

Can’t get enough of Aliya? Take a look at this video of her competing in the 2015 USA Gymnastics Championship:

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Olga ~

Name?:

Olga Cerpita.

Where are you from?:

Latvia.

What inspires you the most?: 

Music inspires me the most, it makes me feel happy and creative.

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

I definitely would need one! I would love to called Aurora, but unfortunately it’s taken.

 

 

Which superpower would you want to have?:

I would probably love to be telepathic, read other people’s minds.

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

I have more than one passions obviously, but if I have to choose, I would choose creating and making custom pieces of clothing. This is one of things I wanna do and grow because it’s unique and I worked in fashion industry for 10 years as a model. I think it’s more environment-friendly, as well as interesting.

 

 

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

I feel like the most important memory i’ve had happened in my biology class in high school. The school director came to class, called my name, and when I walked out the door, that’s when I met my future mother agent. I keep remembering it over and over again. That’s how I got discovered and, if not for her, my life and modeling career wouldn’t turn the way it did. I am very grateful to her!

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation would be the Maldives! It’s truly a paradise with clear waters, exotic nature, and relaxing vibes.

 

 

What is your favorite era of music and why?:

Well, I would say ‘this era’ or ‘nowadays,’ since my taste has changed a lot throughout the years and I really love a lot of new music being created with new technology. For example, the genre deep house.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

My favorite soundtrack is “City of Stars” from La La Land.

How would you best friend describe you?:

My best friends would probably describe me as kind, caring, and hardworking.

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

I definitely do! They are: “Never give up, be positive, life is short, make most of it!”

 

 


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She’s so Nous! Meet Margo ~

Photographed by Wes Klain.

Name?

Margo Smith.

Where are you from?:

Mobile, Alabama.

What’s your guilty pleasure?:

Nutella, or anything involving Nutella. When I was a kid, I would eat half a jar by the spoonful in one sitting, so my parents started buying me one jar a month and I had to make it last. It was a rough childhood.

Who is your role model, and why?:

Cindy Crawford. Her accomplishments in the modeling industry and business world are insane. Not to mention, we have the same birthday and “beauty marks” on our lips, so she’s basically my mom (I WISH, Kaia is living the dream). Her hairdresser did my hair once and I’ve never felt so starstruck in my life.

 

Photographed by Wes Klain.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

The Interstellar soundtrack. I could listen to it on repeat for hours and hours and hours…and hours.

What is your dream pet?:

A tiger. Lorde really inspired me when she sang about tigers on a gold leash, but since that’ll never happen, I hope to someday get a horse. But a girl can dream.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?:

I will take ANYTHING out of the wardrobe’s of Blair Waldorf or Serena Van Der Woodsen.

Which superpower would you want to have?:

I’d definitely want to be able to teleport. My love for traveling and hatred for LA traffic easily makes this my first choice.

 

 

Photographed by Aria Emory.

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

They go first, and they’re the only ones that go. Sour gummy worms are my favorite candy and once the blue and red ones are gone the whole bag is discarded.

Who was your childhood crush?:

All of the Jonas Brothers held a special place in my heart but Joe Jonas definitely takes the cake.

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

Between the food, the shopping, and the sights, I’m convinced Paris is the most magical place on Earth. Vacationing there is a must.

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

 

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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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