Polina Frantsena

polinaonedayatatimecoverlinebreak “I have a little ritual I do before going to bed. Every night I put on an episode of 30 Rock or The Office or Friends. I doze off to the sound of jokes that I have definitely memorized by now, but somehow still make me smile. It makes me super happy because I love comedy. I think it has a special language, and once learned you can’t help but recognize it all around you. Performing in comedies is my favorite kind of acting.   linebreak

Polina snaps a selfie with her script in front of One Day at a Time’s Filming Stage

Polina & world-famous producer Norman Lear

Polina & world-famous producer Norman Lear

To say I was excited I was to work with Norman Lear on the reboot of his famous show One Day at a Time would be an understatement. Norman is arguably one of the greatest comedy creators of all time– All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Who’s the Boss are his shows! One Day at a Time is a sitcom (that’s short for situational comedy). The show is filmed in front of a live audience, and the laugh track you hear on shows like Friends is coming from people in the audience watching the scene. As a result, sitcoms are filmed very differently than other television genres. For example: if a joke doesn’t land or something doesn’t quite work, the producers and writers can change it on the spot. They might walk up to an actor and say “instead of saying your line, say this joke instead”, and watch the crowd react to gauge whether the joke worked. It’s a hybrid of theater and television that’s really fascinating– especially if you’re a comedy nerd like me and get to watch it unfold in front of your eyes.

I was surprised to find out that unlike most TV shows, where you only show up on the day of filming and do your scenes, sitcoms involve a full week of rehearsals. Each scene is rehearsed separately and the episode is then performed chronologically from beginning to end for the producers, and again later for the Network and Studio that are backing the show. It’s like a mini play! There is such a great sense of community because you get to watch everyone else do their scene and be present for the entire script.

Polina and Rita Moreno

Tuesdays are when the show is filmed in front of the live audience. If there are a lot of extras in the scene or the scene takes place on a set that’s not directly in front of the audience (as was the case with me) these scenes will be pre-taped the day before, and played for the audience. It was so much fun to watch my scene with amazing actress Justina Machado, and hear the audience laugh and react to it in real time.

 And did I mention that Rita Moreno plays Justina’s mom on the show? Rita Moreno has an EGOT! (That’s an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar and a Tony). There are only 12 people who have received all four. You’ve probably seen Rita as Anita in the original West Side Story among the countless outstanding films she’s been in.

Needless to say, I could not have had a more amazing time. I feel like I need to go back and watch all those Friends episodes again. Now that I know all the behind the scenes action I can watch it with a new understanding. BRB– I’m pulling up my Netflix account. And speaking of, One Day at a Time will be released by Netflix early next year!”

The cast and crew applaud each other for a successful episode wrap.

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The first post-MDW weekend of the year is here, and you know what that means: it’s time to put on your prettiest brunch attire and head for the nearest spot with outdoor dining, a refreshing drink and an instagramable backdrop. Enter: Flynn Skye. Each and every piece will have you looking and feeling on top of the summer-weekend world.

A go-to brand for It Girls all over the country, we have had SUCH a great time working with Flynn Skye to bring you the very best #OOTD inspo. From solids to prints, and minis to maxis, it’s safe to say that everything from this brand is #modelapproved. Here’s a look back at some of our very favorite weekend/date/brunch/prettymuchanythinganywhere-worthy looks:

THANK YOU FLYNN SKYE!  We will always be fans, customers and friends.

Shop more from our favorite brand here.

Danielle Herrington / Davia Gomez / Diane Murtha / Faith Picozzi / Holly Hicks / Lauren Johnson / Lyzy Adler

Monica Ollander / Paige Watkins / Polina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Sydney Schafer / Zeda Navarro

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It might seem like everyone around you is coming down with a cold- so it might seem like a better idea to stay home and watch House of Cards for the rest of your life. That sounds lovely. If you figure out a way to do that, let me know. In the mean time, I have a homemade herbal remedy that will boost your immune system and help fight off germs. Behold – the Fire Cider. This tangy tincture includes garlic, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, turmeric and apple cider. All the ingredients, finely chopped and combined in a mason jar, stand and ferment for about two weeks. The strained liquid is called Fire Cider. It is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics as well as an anti-fungal and anti-viral remedy.

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A couple of words about the natural properties of the ingredients:

Apple Cider – a good source of vitamin C and acetic acid. It contains mineral salts, amino acids, helps with digestion and washes out toxins. (If you read my Bone Broth recipe, you know the importance of using apple cider to draw out nutrients from other foods).

Garlic – treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fungal infections, and helps regulate blood sugar. It is also great for boosting the immune system.

Onion – an anti-inflammatory and beneficial to cardiovascular health.

Hot Peppers – anti irritant properties. They can help digestion, ease allergies, prevent migraines and speed up metabolism.

Ginger – reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation, and inhibits rhinovirus – which causes the common cold. It also benefits the intestinal tract and may prevent stomach ulcers.

Horseradish – has antibiotic properties, helps relieve symptoms of water retention, and treats sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis.

Turmeric Powder – boosts immunity, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, puts the brakes on aging, is anti-inflammatory, and has beneficial effects on arthritis, allergies, asthma and even cancer.

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Now the taste of Fire Cider may at first be surprising. It has a strong kick to it and the first unsuspecting spoonful made my eyes water. Personally, I happen to love the apple cider vinegar taste and the potency makes it seem like the germs and bacteria are burning away. Start with a tablespoon a day, and slowly work your way up to a small 1 oz shot. Take once daily as a prophylactic and immune strengthening aid. Increase intake slightly if you are actually under the weather, but remember to still work your way up to the full dose. Bottoms up!!

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Recipe:

4 cups organic apple cider (raw is better if you can find it)IMG_3401

¼ cup finely chopped garlic

½ finely chopped onion

¼ cup grated ginger

¼ cup grated horseradish

2 fresh hot peppers (habanera, or cayenne work well)

2 tbsp turmeric powder

Preparation:

 IMG_34021. Combine and mix all ingredients (except for vinegar) in a bowl.

2. Transfer the ingredients into a Mason jar, and add apple cider vinegar.

3. Place a piece of parchment paper over the jar, before placing the lid on. This will prevent rusting.

4. Shake vigorously.

5. Place the jar in a cool place, and let stand for at least 2 weeks. Make sure to give it a good shake a few times a day.

6. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid using a metal strain.

7. Refrigerate in an airtight container. The tonic will last for up to 6 months.

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

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

The originals:

1964:

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1966:

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1973:

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1976:

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1977:

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1979:

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1997:

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2001:

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2002:

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2003:

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2008:

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2014:

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

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

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In the dead of winter- is there a better way to pass the time than to dream of summer?  In your day dreaming endeavors… we’ve got the best of the best inspiration for you: a batch of some of our all-time favorite swim looks!

Alexis Ren, Allison Holton, Ashley Moore, Brianna Gilchrist, Bridget Satterlee, Britt Koth, Camryn Herold, Cat Haave, Davia Gomez, Faith Picozzi, Fo Porter, Greta Jimenez, Khloe Elkins, Maggimae, Monica Ollander, Naty Belmont, Niki Huey, Phoenix Cotner, Polina Frantsena, Sakura Heffron, Taylor Hannum, Tereza Kacerova, Wase Chief, Zeda Navarro, Beach Beauty, Bikini Body, Workout Inspo, Beach Body, Fitness Inspo, Inspo, Beach, Summer, Swimwear, Photography, Fashion Photography, Nous Models, Nous Model Management

Alexis Ren / Allison Holton / Ashley Moore / Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Britt Koth / Camryn Herold

Cat Haave / Davia Gomez / Fo Porter / Greta Jimenez / Khloe Elkins / Maggimae / Monica Ollander

Naty Belmont / Niki Huey / Phoenix Cotner / Polina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Taylor Hannum

Tereza Kacerova / Wase Chief / Zeda Navarro

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Capturing golden hour – that delicate time frame just after a sunrise or before a sunset – is not an easy feat. Fortunately, we can rely upon one of the best in the game, Steve Fan, to do it for us! Steve’s shots are among the most beautiful as they get, and his technique for lighting leaves us mesmerized. On top of that, his personality is equally as golden; our models continually rave about his down-to-earth nature and great directional advice, making him a favorite to work with.

Scroll through to see all the gorgeous looks of Alex, Bridget, Polina and Taylor as they are transformed into radiant silhouettes amongst soft meadows and edgy coastlines. Thank you, Steve for your stunning creations!

Steve Fan WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Alex Long PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Bridget Satterlee PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Polina Frantsena PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Taylor Hannum PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

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A favorite photographer among our models- and all of us here at Nous HQ- is the one and only Lucas Passmore. His photos are unmistakable: think simple, vulnerable and tastefully sexy all at the same time, which is no small achievement! A master at bringing out the strongest attributes and fierce confidence of every girl he works with, when he’s not testing you can find Lucas shooting for some of our favorite brands like Rails and Chloe Oliver or on the pages of magazines like Bisous, Angeleno, Cosmo or even Maxim!

Lucas’s funny, vibrant and energetic personality is incredibly infectious to everyone around him – ironically, it’s kind of a contrast to his sultry photography style. His ability to capture beauty in it’s most pure form continues to amaze us, so we can easily say that our obsession with Lucas isn’t ending anytime soon (but, we’re more than okay with that).

Thank you Lucas! You have taught our girls so much and provided them with valuable experience that has helped them be the successful women that they are today. We’ve seriously enjoyed the past few years of working with you, and are looking forward to many more to come.

Lucas Passmore

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The Models

Alana Bunte // Alex Long // Alexis Ren // Angela Highsmith // Ashley Moore // Brianna Gilchrist // Britt Koth // Cameron Richardson // Cat Haave // Davia Gomez // Fo Porter // Kirby Griffin // Lauren Johnson // Maggimae // Niki Huey // Phoenix Cotner // Polina Frantsena // Taylor Hannum // Zeda Navarro

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At my annual LA Friends Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, one of my friends gently shamed me for wanting to throw out all the bones from our delicious turkey. “You can make bone broth out of them!” she said. What? How would I go about doing that, and why do I want to do it? Also, isn’t that gross?

If you are a New Yorker, standing in line of trendy Brodo restaurant, waiting for your to-go cup of bone broth – you already know what all the hype is about. If you’re just hearing about bone broth for the first time, like me, let me tell you why this magic sustenance will be your favorite go-to brew.

Bone broth is made by slowly cooking bones with small amounts of meat, vegetables and aromatics in a large batch of water. It is similar to stock, but is made over a longer period of time (sometimes upwards of 24 hours), thus allowing the natural ingredients from bones – electrolyte minerals, amino acids, gelatin, collagen, and bone marrow, to leech into the broth.

The first records of bone broth being used, come from the 12th century, when Egyptian physicians prescribed it as a remedy from colds and asthma. Bone broth is easily digested, and when made from organic chicken, contains natural antibiotics. Ever wonder why you crave chicken soup when you’re sick?!

It has been shown that consuming a cup of bone broth a day helps reduce inflammation of stomach lining, thus is a great option for when your tummy is feeling under the weather. On top of that, the readily-available nutrients and amino acids in the broth strengthen your immune system and nourish the body. Many people claim that consuming bone broth on a daily basis helps with allergies and autoimmune diseases. And you did hear that I said bone broth contains gelatin and collagen, right? That means stronger hair and better, more elastic skin, as well as stronger nails and teeth.

I have made bone broth from both the left over turkey bones and from organic beef bones that I bought at my local Whole Foods (who knew they sold those?!). I make sure to get organic, free range chicken, turkey or beef. Everything from the bones gets cooked into your broth, so you want to make sure you are eating a healthy animal. I was afraid the broth would taste a little funky, but I have to say using bones from an already cooked or roasted meat makes for a great taste. If you get raw bones from Whole Foods or your butcher, roast them in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes before putting them in the broth. I prefer making the broth in a slow cooker. That way it can be left alone to do it’s thing, and I don’t have to use my gas stove.

BONE BROTH RECIPE:

2 pounds bones, gizzards, skin
1 onion roughly chopped
3 carrots roughly chopped
2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
1.5 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 bunch of Italian parsley (add during the last 30 minutes of cooking)
1 Tsp whole peppercorns
2 Bay leaves
Salt to taste after the broth is finished.

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1. Cover the bones and gizzards with water. I use a 5-quart slow cooker, so that’s about 4.5 quarts of water.
2. Add apple cider vinegar, and let sit for 30 minutes. This draws the nutrients out of the bones.
3. Cook on high for about 2 hours, periodically removing the impurities that rise up to the top. When the broth is brought to a boil, change settings to Low, take the gizzards and skin out of the broth. Remove the bones, taking the meat off them, then return them to the pot. Add onion, carrots, celery, peppercorns, bay leaf and garlic, cook on low for 22-24 hours.
4. 30 minutes before finish time, add the parsley to the broth. This adds an extra kick of nutrients to the broth.
5. Strain the broth over a metal mesh strainer, discarding the bones and vegetables. You can add some more salt to taste at this point. Let the broth cool to room temperature. By that time, there should be a layer of fat at the top. Skim the layer off for a fat-free bone broth! Now store in the fridge for up to 6 days, or freeze for later use.

If made correctly, the broth will become gelatinous while in the fridge. I like to drink the broth hot from a cup, with a dash of turmeric. Turmeric is another anti-inflammatory agent, that’s supposed to be fabulous for your health. So far, I have found the broth to be quite filling, I have it as an in between meals snack sometimes. And my agency did say that my skin looked really good. So, what are you waiting for? Go try it!!

 

The ability to capture a model’s personality through a photograph is something Martin Rusch has down to a T. Paired with great natural lighting and a cool mix of backdrops, the results will leave you wanting even more (as we constantly do!). Needless to say we are in love. Thank you, Martin for your beautiful work!

Martin Rusch, Nous Models, Zelly Dugan

Martin Rusch, Nous Models, Taylor Hannum

 Martin Rusch

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The Models

Bridget // Tereza // Polina // Zelly // Davia // Alexis // Jocelyn // Ashley // Monica // Taylor