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She’s so Nous! Meet BreAnna ~

 

1. Name?:

BreAnna Caroline Young.

2. Where are you from?:

Dallas, Texas.

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

A book that has changed my life has most definitely been the Harry Potter series as a whole. I read them all twice and when I was a child I would go to midnight book releases with my siblings. I just thought it was the most magical time!

5. What inspires you the most?:

My mother and father inspire me to love and lift others as I have watched them raise me and my six brothers and sisters supporting us at our good and bad times always.

 

Breanna and her son. <3

6. What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?:

My greatest achievement that I never knew I wanted to achieve in life is motherhood. Every day, I am able to learn more about myself that I never knew was possible. It’s like the gift that keeps on enriching my soul, watching my six-year-old son grow.

7. What’s your guilty pleasure?:

I thoroughly enjoy my Costco membership at peak sample hours.

 

 

8. Have you ever pranked called someone?:

One time in my childhood, I was playing an online game, Neopets. When I spun the wheel of fortune, I landed on 10,000 neopoints and out of excitement (?), I called 9-1-1 and hung up…..not knowing later they would show up to my house and have my parents answer the door.

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

I am a human garbage disposal! I eat absolutely everything. Case closed.

10. What makes you feel nostalgic?

My journal makes me feel nostalgic. I have been writing in it ever since I had only little to say, such as: “hi it is this time. Okay, sleep good self.” 😆

 

 

11. Have you overcome one of your fears?:

I always told myself (due to being exposed to Jaws prematurely by my five older siblings) I would never surf, but as I can be quite the daredevil and having since moved out to LA – I tried it. I got up on the board my first try, and now I can’t wait to continue learning!

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

OVER PLUCKING MY EYEBROWS! I trust nobody before 2010, but thankfully had a unibrow as a child so they grew back fine, haha.

13. What are you most proud of?:

I am most proud of my son. Being a single mother, I was always worried that this would negatively affect him. However, I am proud to say that he is the most amazing and special little human that I have ever set my eyes on.

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Laura Evans ~

 

1. Name?:

Laura Bella Evans.

2. Where are you from?:

Australia!

3. What motivated you to move from Australia to LA?:

I moved to LA from Australia to open up new career experiences. I have also never been to LA so I am super excited to explore and meet new people.

4. How is Australia similar to LA?:

Australia has similar weather from where I come from on the Gold Coast.

5. How is Australia different from LA?:

Australia has a lot less people, smaller population.

 

 

 

6. What, do you feel, was one of the best parts about growing up in Australia?:

The beaches. There’s nowhere like Australia and the beaches are amazing! I grew up living two minutes by foot near the beach

7. Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation is Santorini, Greece. There is something about the dramatic views and stunning sunsets that look so dreamy. Everything about this place looks so incredible and i can’t wait to visit and experience everything in this magical place.

8. What inspires you the most?:

Strong, KIND and loyal women that work their arse off to be who they are!

9. Which superpower would you want to have?:

If i could have a super power it would be to fly. I think that would be the most incredible thing ever. You would feel so alive and free!

 

 

10. What’s your guilty pleasure?:

My guilty pleasure is definitely chocolate. It is so good but so bad!

11. Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

California by Phantom Planet from the TV show, The O.C. Favourite show of all time.

12. How do you kick back and relax?:

I love to binge watch TV shows and drink tea. Netflix & Tea is life!

13. Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

🐯

 

 

 

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

My dream pet is definitely a dog. Very traditional but I am such a dog lover and those lil things make me so happy!!! No matter what, a dog can always put a smile on my face.

15. Do you have any mottos you live by?:

Have courage and be kind.

16. What are you looking to accomplish by moving to the USA?:

LA is definitely the next step in my career. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what LA has in store for me! This is my first time into America so I am so excited to experience the lifestyle and travel.

 

 

 

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Can’t get enough of Laura? Follow her on Instagram and check out her portfolio!

 

 

Oh me oh my! Chandler Bailey‘s editorial with LA Magazine‘s September 2018 issue is now released, and it’s quite a treat to look at! The spread is titled “Power Play,” which fits her vibe perfectly as she is quickly becoming a fashion force to be reckoned with. 😉❤️

The spread is designed to intermingle both the masculine and the feminine sides of a gal’s wardrobe, emphasizing the boss lady within. To see the magic ✨ that has resulted, take a look at the full editorial below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t get enough of Chandler?

Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Steve Simko, Instagram | Website.

Styist – Linda Immediato, Instagram.

Hair – Ericka Verrett, Instagram.

MUA – Geoffrey Rodriguez, Instagram.

 

 

She’s so Nous! Meet Taylor ~

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

 

1. Name:

Taylor Harvick.

2. How old are you?:

Today I turned 20 years old.

3. Where are you from?:

Oklahoma.

4. Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

Whip It” soundtrack is always the first to come to mind.

 

 

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

5. How many bones have you broken?:

1, I broke my elbow on a motor scooter when I was younger. I have yet to ride a bird lol.

6. Which emoji captures your essence?:

🌹🕯♍️

7. Most valuable high school class?:

English and creative writing.

8. How do you overcome your fears?:

By just jumping in and doing the thing that scares me.

9. Do you have any lucky memorabilia? Why is it lucky?:

Really any old family jewelry that has been passed down to me. It feels lucky because it has been worn for years before me.

 

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

10. What would the title of your memoir be?:

Probably something like, “There’s No Handbook on Life.”

11. When you eat candy do the best flavors go first or last?:

Best flavors first!

12. What’s your go-to Karaoke song?:

Anything by Shania Twain or Dixie Chicks (Goodbye Earl).

13. What inspires you the most?:

Resilient, strong, and uplifting people. Oh yeah, and Jesse Jo Stark.

 

 

 

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Donny & Marie Osmond’s classic hit, “I’m a Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock N Roll,” is playing through our ears while reviewing Aliya, Lee, and Phoenix‘s new shoot with Elegant Magazine’s August 2018 issue – and we love it! In Elegant’s recent issue, these Nous girls take a break from their big city lives, and embrace some good ‘ole fashion ‘American country’ living. The result = pure art! To see what we are gushing about, take a look at the full editorial below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love what you see?

Check out Elegant Magazine’s website and follow them on Instagram.

Can’t Get of enough of Aliya, Lee, and Phoenix? 

Check out Aliya’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Lee’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Phoenix’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Taurat Hossain, Instagram | Website.

Wardrobe – Vanessa Puccini, Instagram.

Lighting Assistant – Selia Tep.

MUA – Nykki Gee, Instagram | Website.

Hair Stylist – Karla Jazmin, Instagram.

 

She’s so Nous! Meet Ella ~

 

Name?:

Ella Calderon.

How old are you?:

14 years old.

Where are you from?:

The San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California.

Do you have a book that changed your life?:

Yes! I absolutely fell in love with Romeo and Juliet. It’s such a tragic love story. The way they die is what really hit me!

Which superpower would you want have?:

The one superpower that I would most want is to be able to turn into any animal by the snap of my fingers. I could turn into a bird and fly, or turn into a dolphin and spend my days in the ocean.

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

 

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

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

It would be amazing to go to Italy or Australia someday! But so far the most dreamy place I’ve been is Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai is all about nature – everywhere you look is green, lush, and so secluded. I would spend the day surfing and swimming in Hanalei Bay and then walk into town for a shaved ice with macadamia ice cream. HEAVEN!

What is your favorite era of music and why?:

I actually love 50’s music. It just makes me feel happy and bright and that all is right with the world!

What’s your guilty pleasure?:

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!!! My absolute favorite flavor is Sweet Cream at Jeni’s. Splendid Ice Cream. When my uncle comes in town, it’s almost a daily stop!

 

 

Photo by Wes Klain.

 

How many bones have you broken?:

Never broken a bone and not planning on it!

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?:

Anne Hathaway’s new wardrobe in The Devil Wears Prada. I would kill for those clothes!!

Favorite Movie?:

It’s a tie between Liar Liar and Pretty Woman. Liar Liar makes me laugh harder than I ever have before, and Pretty Woman just makes me happy a girl.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?:

My perfect weekend day would be a day spent in Malibu, swimming and surfing at Surfrider beach, then grabbing some carne asada tacos at the taco truck on PCH and of course a stop at Jeni’s in Calabasas on the way home.

 

What are you most proud of?:

I would say I’m most proud of my grades at school. I work really hard and it’s paying off!

 

 

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She’s so Nous! Meet Haley ~

1.) Name?:

My name is Haley Kubesh

2.) What’s your age and where are you from?:

I am 16 years old and I am from Laguna Hills, a small area in Orange County.

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

A book that changed my life was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It reminded me of the strength that all women have and the resilience of the human soul through tragedy and difficult situations. This book is a wonderful message to never give up and never let someone own you, be true to yourself always and find freedom through your own abilities.

4.) Which superpower would you want to have?:

If I could have one superpower it would be to read minds. I’m constantly trying to figure out what others are thinking. When I’m older, I am interested in being a therapist because honestly I’m just too curious about other people’s brains.

 

 

5.) What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?:

A fun fact about me is that every time I’m with my friends, we all end up laughing hysterically about something and I say “this is the funniest thing that’s ever happened.” All my friends make fun of me because it could be literally 20 minutes later and I’ve already changed my mind about the “funniest thing that’s ever happened”.

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

If I had to choose one thing I was most passionate about, it would be modeling. I’ve been modeling since I was 9 and have always loved being able to bring life to pictures with my expressions and connect with photographers. I always have a sense of fulfillment after a good shoot and I feel so confident. I almost feel like my on set personality is my alter ego.

7.) What’s your guilty pleasure?:

My guilty pleasure is eating cookies n cream ice cream and binge watching netflix shows instead of sleeping at night. Oops. 😉

8.) Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation would be Paris during winter. I’m obsessed with Christmas decorations and the cozy feel during that time of year, so sightseeing in Paris, wearing fashionable scarves, boots, and sipping hot cocoa would be a dream come true.

 

 

 

9.) What makes you feel nostalgic?:

Music makes me feel nostalgic a lot, for instance my mom always used to sing, “You are my Sunshine,” to my twin brother and I growing up. Whenever I hear that song, I always get a warm fuzzy feeling inside and long for the days when I was young and carefree.

10: What is your dream pet?:

My dream pet would be an adorable otter that I could keep in my bathtub and go for swims with. Don’t worry, I would invest in a swimming pool so it would have lots of room to play.

11.) How do you kick back and relax?:

I kick back and relax by reading, which I love because it transports me to a different place, and listening to jazz music on my record player, specifically Frank Sinatra. I’m obsessed with his music. I also love going to the beach and tanning with my best friends.

 

12.) What inspires you the most?:

What inspires me most are the small moments in life, for example when the sunshine warms your skin so nicely, a song speaks powerfully to your soul, or you see a rainbow that takes your breath away. In these moments I feel pure bliss and so connected to the universe. It reminds me of how much beauty there is in the world and inspires me to go out, do great things, explore, and experience more of this bliss.

 

 

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Photos taken by Wes Klain, Instagram | Website.

Digitals taken by Nous Model Management.

 

Summer maybe coming to an end (😣), but these new photographs of Alyssa Miller are giving us life. 🌷 Alyssa recently shot with the Aussie brand, Spell & the Gypsy, whose backstory is as unique and influential as their designs.

The line was created by two sisters, Elizabeth and Isabella, alluding “to the dreams of their Latvian grandparents who fled war-torn Europe bound for America, but for a twist of fate ended up in a dusty refugee camp in Australia; to their hippie parents, a leather craftsman and potter, who in the 1970s hopped from town to town following their own wild dreams” (as described on spelldesigns.com).

We absolutely ADORE Spell & the Gypsy’s love for pursuing dreams, colors, florals, age-old-lace, and how good Alyssa Miller looks in these monumental designs! ✨ To see what we are talking about, take a look below:

 

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Photographer – Brydie Mack, Website | Instagram.
Hair – Ashlee Rose, Instagram.
Set location – At the ‘Ghost Ranch’ of late Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

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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