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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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She’s so Nous! Meet, Aliya ~

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Name?

Aliya Protto.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA.

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

 I am most passionate about traveling and seeing new places. Some of my favorite life experiences came from traveling and meeting new people. So anytime I get to go somewhere new I’m super stoked.

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

I’m not a picky person when it comes to food, but the one thing I can absolutely not eat is cottage cheese! Tried it once, and it was one time too many!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Do you have a book that has changed your life?

My favorite book that has had such a positive impact on my life is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” This book has taught me a lot about achieving my goals and just going with the flow in life.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The little tiger emoji! 🐯

Do you have any lucky memorabilia? Why is it lucky?

Elephants with their trunks up are my lucky charms. They are supposed to bring wisdom and strength, and they are also one of my favorite animals!

What’s your favorite 1990’s/2000’s jam?

My fav jam from the early 2000’s  was Aaliyah’s “Try again!” I used to listen to that song all the time. It always got me super pumped up and made me secretly wish I was a pop star!

Is there band/musician you would drive across the country to see?

 I would totally drive across the country to see Kendrick Lamar perform. He is one of my favorite artists. I love his style and I think that he is incredibly talented.

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?

 If I could choose to have someone’s wardrobe it would be Holly Golightly’s from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! She has the most chic, elegant, and classic wardrobe! I would be the happiest girl if I got to walk around in some of her outfits.

Who is your role model, and why?

I have many role models that inspire me in different ways, but one of the people I still look up to is Franca Sozzani, former editor- in-chief of Vogue Italia. Though she has passed, her charm and strength is still so inspiring. I look back at the many magazines she has edited and am always amazed at her vision and creative influence.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

A nice hot cup of tea as I work on some of my many unfinished paintings! It is my favorite way to wind down after a hectic week and get my creative juices flowing!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Emma ~

Name?:

Emma Surmon

Where are you from?:

Calgary, Canada (… and yes I love maple syrup).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

It’s hard to say what books have changed my life, but I’m currently making my way through reading all of Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies and they are some of my favorite books of all time. They really opened my eyes to a different life experience than my own by telling the story of such an amazing and inspiring woman.  I highly recommend her first novel, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” to everyone.

Emma x H&M, featured in Times Square, New York City.

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

One of the things I am most proud of in terms of modeling achievements was being on a Billboard in Times Square for a job I did with H&M! I had no idea that it was going to happen, which made it such a surreal experience. It was so crazy seeing myself 20 feet tall and in the center of New York City. That is an image I will never forget and I am so grateful for the opportunities afforded to me.

Which superpower would you want to have? 

Teleportation — without a doubt. Sometimes modeling requires SO much traveling. It would be amazing to just teleport to my job and not have to take a red-eye halfway across the world! That being said, I LOVE traveling, but teleporting would make always having any luggage exceed 50 lbs. much less stressful.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why? 

One of the most beautiful places on earth is Bermuda. Little known fact — I lived in Bermuda for 6 years of my childhood and have the most amazing and beautiful memories of the beaches there. The island is right in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and is so isolated and beautiful. If you ever get the opportunity I would highly recommend a trip there, the pink sand beaches are beyond compare.

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

Meat!! I’ve been a vegetarian for around 5 years now, and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There are so many amazing foods you can now indulge in that are completely cruelty-free, especially in LA! If you haven’t been to Cafe Gratitude yet, you have to go! It is some of the best food I have ever eaten. I guarantee that meat lovers and veggies alike will love it.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have overcome some of my fears, the biggest one being moving away from home and starting a life in career modeling by myself in a new country. It was very nerve-wracking for me to leave behind my tight-knit family and move to New York a couple of years ago, however, the opportunities that I have been able to experience because of it have been some of my most cherished memories. Nevertheless, some fears are harder to overcome. I’m still deathly afraid of spiders and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

Who was your childhood crush?

I was a big nerd growing up and my brother and I watched a LOT of Lord of the Rings. My first crush was Legolas, (played by Orlando Bloom) from the series. I thought I was going to marry him and continued to crush on him well into my teens.

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

If I were an animated character I think I would be Tina from Bobs Burgers. She is so hilarious and awkward and is definitely still finding her place in the world. Something I definitely relate to.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking! I absolutely love exploring nature and going on walks. Back home, in Calgary, I live near the Rocky Mountains so there are really amazing hikes you can do… when it’s warm enough that is! I’ve checked out a couple spectacular hikes in LA already and am so happy that there are great natural spaces nearby to the city.

How do you kick back and relax?

In an ideal world, I would kick back and relax on the beach every day and read a good book….. but normally I end up snuggled up in bed watching Shameless instead.


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Lexi ~

Name?:

Lexi Wood.

Where are you from?:

 Toronto, Canada.  

Which super power would you want to have?:

If i had to pick any super power, it would definitely be instant travel, where I could be anywhere I wanted by just the snap of my fingers!

What’s your guilty pleasure?:

My current guilty pleasure is eating Cheetos… puff Cheetos, crunchy Cheetos, jalapeño Cheetos…. all of the Cheetos.

 

Where would you take your dream vacation?:

Anywhere in the South of France! I love the vibes there. The fashion, and the weather is beautiful too!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

The angel face!  All my friends call me ‘Angel’ because I’m known for being very sweet and for being the good girl!

What are you most proud of?:

I’m most proud of my relationship with my family! My mom, dad, sister, and I are all best friends.

What’s your favourite 1990’s/2000’s jam?:

Candy by Mandy Moore! My sister took the funniest video of me doing a full-on dance routine to this song last week.

How would your best friend describe you?:

Kind, genuine, driven, grateful, strong, and empathetic.

 

What’s your go-to karaoke song?:

Dancing Machine by The Jackson 5.

What’s your favourite weekend activity?:

My favourite weekend activity is probably going to the Sunday flea market with my family/friends!

Do you have any mottos you live by?:

I love the sayings –  “Stand up for something even if it means standing alone” and “It’s already yours.”

I live by the first motto more-so in my personal life and the second one in my professional endeavors. I feel like, if you work hard and give your everything, while putting your heart/soul into your tasks, you can make anything happen!

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Ella ~

1. Where are you from?

Big Bear Lake, California.

2. How old are you?

I am thirteen-years-old.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?

If I could have a superpower, I would like to be able to talk to animals.

4. Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I loved when my family and I went on Safari in South Africa.  I felt this was the most beautiful place on earth because I was able to see so many animals living in and enjoying their natural habitat.

 

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

I will absolutely never eat tomatoes.

6. What is your favorite era of music and why?

My favorite era of music is any musical theater from any era.  I love to sing musical theater and maybe would like to have a career in theater someday.

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

My DJ name would be “E. double L. A”

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

The most embarrassing trend I gave into was making “Musically.s”

 

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

I save the best flavors for last.

10. Is there band/musician you would drive across the country to see?

Yes! I would drive across the country to see Linn Manuel Miranda.

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

My dream pet is a goat.

12. How do you kick back and relax?

By listening to musical theater and being outside in nature.

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Logan ~

1. Name: 

I am Logan Miller!

2. Where are you from?: 

I am from the small town of Marshall, Minnesota.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?:

I would want to be able to fly. I love travelling and being able to fly would just be more convenient!

4. What’s your favorite 1990’s/2000’s jam?:

Easily any song by the Backstreet Boys. My sisters and cousins, used to and still do, play their music nonstop so I grew up listening to it!

5. Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?:

I LOVE Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) wardrobe in Friends. Every outfit she wears I wish was in my closet.

6. Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?:

That would have to be the first Cheetah Girls movie. Anytime it’s on you will catch my friends and me jammin’ out.

7. What makes you feel nostalgic?:

Driving down a quiet country road. I am from a small town so it reminds me of home 🙂

8. Where would you take your dream vacation?:

My dream vacation would be sailing the islands!

9. Have you ever pranked called someone?:

Oh yeah, but isn’t that what all middle schoolers do????

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

I would love to have a lion as a pet. They are super fierce so they would be perfect for being on guard but also gigantic and furry so I could cuddle with them.

11. Which emoji would best capture your essence?:

The little nerd emoji with the glasses because I love being in classes and learning!

12. Do you have any mottos you live by?

“Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.”
– Walter Hagen

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She’s so Nous! Meet, Maddie ~

1. Name:

Maddie White

2. Where are you from?

I’m from a town in England called Preston, it’s on the north west coast close to Manchester.

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

Cilantro, if I see it in my food I have to pick every last piece out, I can’t stand the flavour!

4. What would the title of your memoir be? 

Definitely my Instagram bio – ‘what I lack in tit I make up for in wit’ I think it describes my dry sense of humour perfectly.

5. Where would you take your dream vacation? 

I would love to go to the pig beach in Exuma, the Bahamas. I think the pigs are so adorable and I can’t think of anything cooler than swimming in the ocean with them, give me a pig over a shark any day.

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

A raccoon, I’m a die hard fan of pumpkin the raccoon and I love how they use their hands to eat like people.

7. Has anything/anyone ever saved your life before?

I was on holiday with my family in Phuket, Thailand over Christmas and New Years in 2004. My mum and brother were off scuba diving and my dad and I decided to sleep in an extra 30 minutes that morning. The Boxing Day tsunami hit Phuket around 9.00am just as we were heading to the elevator. Luckily we were fine, as were my mum and brother who were safe out at sea, but had we got into the elevator 5 minutes earlier we would’ve been sat eating breakfast on the beachfront and wouldn’t have been so lucky.

8. What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Talenti Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream!

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

I actually like an even distribution of the best flavours, for example in a starburst pack I’ll eat the pink ones periodically, they’re something to look forward to while suffering through the other colours, so I’ll eat one of every colour before the pink and then restart the cycle-a bit anal I know!

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

I’m not sure if you could call it a trend, but when I had braces I used to go for yellow and green bands. I thought they were super fun but in hindsight they just looked like I had yellow teeth or food stuck in them.

11. Who was your childhood crush? 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson! He was in a huge teen movie in England called ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ and he was just the biggest heart throb.

12. What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?

I was on a long haul red eye from Los Angeles to London, I always buy a bunch of snacks for the trip because it’s a 12 hour flight. I ended up sitting on a huge, half eaten bar of chocolate and fell asleep. I woke up as we were landing and stood up to disembark the plane and realized I was covered in chocolate. It was too late to use the plane bathroom so I had to shamefully walk all the way to, and through immigration with chocolate all over my butt and the back of my legs. I ended up listening to music with the volume all the way up, just to drown out the people around me laughing under their breath!


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She’s so Nous! Meet, Olivia ~

1. How old are you?

16 years old.

2. Where are you from?

Lyons, Kansas.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?

Telepathy so that I could read minds and know things before others!

4. have you ever prank called somebody?

Yes, I have and my Aunt Maggimae does it with me when we’re bored! (sometimes not every time)

4. Which emoji would best capture your essence? 

💁🏼

5. what’s your favorite weekend activity?

I like skateboarding, hanging out with friends, eating and sleeping. 🙂

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

I save the best for last and eat the not-so-good ones fast and first…. or just give them away.

7. Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I think that there is beauty in everything even if it doesn’t look so beautiful. If i had to choose a place, I would pick Yosemite!

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

I am very passionate about equality and love for everyone and every living thing because we all deserve to be treated equal/have the same rights no matter our differences.

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

My greatest achievement would have to be making it into Lionaires which is the best singers from my school in a group. we get to travel and go to contests together!

9. how many bones have you broken?

I have broken 2 bones (so far) – My right arm and my left pinky knuckle.

10. Do you have any mottos you live by?

“Be scared and do it anyway.” – Unknown

 

Olivia and her aunt, Maggimae (also with Nous), looking stunning in a couple shots by Patrick Park.

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Where are you from?:
I was born in Wichita, Kansas.
What inspires you the most?:
My family in every way. My mom and dad truly give me the best type of motivation and inspiration to wake up every morning, with a happy heart. They taught me how to choose to be the very best version of myself, no matter the circumstance.
What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?:
Okay, I totally do not understand the whole wave of putting poached eggs or any type of egg that isn’t cooked on well-done burgers or by itself. Runny eggs are so disgusting to me and I just don’t get it!
Where would you take your dream vacation?:
There are so many beautiful places in the world that I haven’t been to and that I hope to eventually visit, but if I’d have to chose, right now the Maldives are top on my list.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
I am such a homebody! If I am not working, I love to just be at home relaxing with candles lit, watching movies, reading, cooking up something tasty in the kitchen, and listening to good music playing. Those things I love.
What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?:
So….I have this vibrating facial-scrub that I am obsessed with, and I take it with me whenever I travel for work. Once, while I was at the LAX airport going through TSA,  I saw a group of officers run over and react to something that was in a bag, with zero clue that it was mine they were dissembling. One of them yells out to the waiting crowd of people, asking “WHOSE bag is this?!” Of course, this drew everyone’s attention to me as I realized that it was my luggage. I don’t know how it got turned on, but it was loudly shaking/rumbling my entire bag. It was TOTALLY embarrassing, yet actually funny at the same time.
Do you have any mottos you live by?:
I wouldn’t say mottos, but I do have a lot of morning mantras that I exercise first thing when waking up to get my mind right for the day ahead of me. Positive-intent is really important to me.
Which superpower would you want to have?:
Teleportation would really come in handy at times.
What’s your guilty pleasure?:
I have such a sweet tooth. I love all kinds of cookies, ice cream, cakes. Anything dark-chocolate has my name on it.

What’s your most valuable high-school or college class you ever took?:
Well, I was homeschooled and as unusual as it sounds, the greatest lesson that I’ve ever learned had absolutely nothing to do with the curriculum! My greatest life lesson was taught outside of the classroom, having learned the value of being my true self. That totally sits as the most valuable lesson with me.
Who is your role model, and why?:
Growing up in a big family (I’m the youngest of 7 children),  I was blessed with so many amazing role models in my life so it’s impossible to just choose one of them. However, if I’d have to pick, my oldest sister, Kathleen, had really been the leader of the pack since the beginning of time. She always exuded strength, while seeming effortless in everything she did, no matter what was going on. She also always had a smile on her face and could always find something to laugh about…. it really helped shape who I am today! Sadly, she just passed away and I miss her so much, but she left a lifetime of knowledge with me that I’m forever grateful for.

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Get to know our very nous model, Megan Martin! ~

Where are you from?

Beautiful mountains of Roanoke, Virginia.

What inspires you the most?

My beautiful mother.

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

Getting my nursing degree (RN). Oh, & owning 60+ bikinis.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?  

If you ask my friends and family, they’ll tell you I fall in love with every place I go.  I feel like there is a different beauty to be found in every place I visit.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I swam with sharks last week for a shoot!!! P.S. I HATE SHARKS!

How do you kick back and relax?

I wake up early in the morning before anyone else–brew some green tea & read. It’s the best “alone time.”

How would your best friend describe you?

Weird. Very weird. Like super weird. But loyal as a golden retriever (a good golden retriever). 😉

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?  

While I was shooting in the exumas last week, a large pig wouldn’t stop chasing me –keep in mind I was in a bikini & frolicking/running around the island frantically.  I honestly just think he wanted me to take him home. 🐷🐷

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

Family time.  Family time is such a blessing… life is short– so making memories with the people that love you most could not be any sweeter.

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

I love them all. I don’t discriminate. Try heating them up in the microwave for 25 seconds 😏😏  (makes them gooey & amazing—don’t judge).

 

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