She’s NOUS

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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Where are you from?

From a small town in Maryland called “Bel Air.” It couldn’t be more different than Los Angeles.

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

Of all of the places I’ve seen, I’d have to say Madrid, Spain. The architecture, people, weather, everything is just so pleasing to look at and be around. I’ve never felt more at home in a place  that was miles away from my own.

How do you kick back and relax?

Netflix, apple cinnamon candles, and a little bit of white wine at the end of the night is my favorite way to unwind after a long day.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

For a long time, I feel like one of my biggest fears was being afraid to be myself. It held me back a lot but now I’ve grown to be a lot more confident in myself and the choices I make. You’ve only got one life so you might as well live it the way you want to!

What are you most proud of?

My decision to move across the country to LA. A lot of people thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to move out here, but I think it’s important to do things in life that scare you a little. I didn’t know anyone or how I was going to do out here but that only gave me more motivation to really push myself in such a new place. I couldn’t be happier that I did!

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

Anything that comes from an animal! Definitely a huge animal lover. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Whole Foods sells these maple vegan donuts that are to die for. I’ve bought them so much that the cashier’s always know what’s in my bag when they ring me up, it’s horrible!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

Definitely this one 💁🏾  ! I think she’s so sassy and fun, which is quite like myself.

Who are you most envious of—real or fictional—and why?

Elizabeth Taylor. She was a woman of such natural class, talent, and not to mention of one the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Plus, she was born with extra set of eyelashes which made her eyes look even more stunning. Who wouldn’t be jealous of that?

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

Hillary’s from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Even if she was just lounging around her house, she was always dressed to impress.

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

I want to travel to at least two different countries. Seeing the world and experiencing different cultures is super important to me, so I definitely want to make that happen.

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How old are you?

15 years old.

Where are you from?

Phillips Ranch, California, United States of America.

What’s under your bed?

A very organized collection of shoes, in addition to boxes upon boxes of British magazines about the royal family.

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

I will not eat meat or gluten.  I have been a vegetarian my entire life, and I’ve been totally gluten free for a while now!

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

Definitely Cher’s from the movie Clueless.  I’ve scoured the internet for this yellow blazer and skirt set that she wears in the beginning, and have come up with absolutely nothing.

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Walking into the Grand Californian Hotel or Marceline’s Confectionary at Downtown Disney and just smelling that familiar aroma of caramel apples being made in the nearby window of the candy shoppe, and the forest pine air freshener they use in the main lobby of the hotel.

Favorite movie or tv show soundtrack?

1998’s The Parent Trap movie soundtrack with Lindsay Lohan.  It’s the remake, not the original!

What superpower would you want?

I would want to have a force field like Violet from The Incredibles, so that way if a bird starts flying toward me because I despise birds or if there is a really good sale, I can just put it up and be like “Nah ah, can’t touch the clothes!”

What’s one goal you definitely want to achieve this year?

I am definitely going to try and get my driver’s license before year’s end once I turn 16! But on a quirkier note, I’m trying to learn how to read the Russian Alphabet.  I only know like two letters so far, but you know it’s progress…

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I think the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Kensington Palace in London, and Honolulu, Hawaii are some of my favorites, and some of  the most beautiful places on Earth.  But one place that has really resonated with me is Disneyland, because you walk through the gates and essentially enter the imagination of one man. To me the imagination is one of the most beautiful, amazing places that you can reach wherever you are in the world.

Most valuable high school class you ever took?

It would have to be Spanish class because I love learning languages and learning about different cultures.  I’ve actually been taking it at school since I was eleven, so I’m really fortunate to have been able to take it for four years, have the most amazing teachers, and become really immersed in the language.

What inspires you the most?

I feel that art in all its forms brings so much inspiration and ideas to not just me, but to everyone.  I love going to museums because you get to be surrounded by so much creativity and individual interpretation.  I really love Keith Haring because his bright colors and simplistic shapes can be a huge canvas for creators to build upon.

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 How old are you?

I’m 15 years old.

Where are you from?

I was born in California, but raised in Hawaii, so that will always be my home. 🙂

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

I don’t know if I save the best for last or eat them first, but I definitely eat them in rainbow order… and I do the same with M&M’s!

Which superpower would you want?

If I could have a superpower I would be able to become a mermaid whenever I want, and be able to fly. (I can’t pick just one because they are both equally awesome!) 

Do you have a book that changed your life?

There’s too many to choose from– I’m a nerd when it comes to reading, I love it!!!

Have you ever prank called someone?

Let’s just say *67 was the first thing i ever memorized. 😉

What inspires you the most?

I’m incredibly inspired by creative people from all walks of life and their stories, photos, art, books, and movies. I’m always the person walking out of a movie theatre pretending to be a spy/pirate or something hahaha!

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

My fave is hands down the exclamation point–I use them all the time! However, my second favorites would be the colon and the parenthesis… because they make a smiley face! 🙂

Where would you take your dream vacation?

Honestly, I love traveling and would be happy just riding on a plane–it’s my favorite thing! I’d love to go anywhere tropical or with a big city, but I don’t think I’ve found my dream spot yet. I can’t wait to find it.

 

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most? 

That’s a tough one to answer because I want them all! I would have to say I’ve always loved the costumes from Pirates of The Caribbean, Mia from The Princess Diaries, and Kenzie from the series Lost Girl (Her punk and out-there clothing is the best). I love the style from 10 Things I Hate About You… and of course I’d kill to have the ENTIRE wardrobe Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) wears on Friends!

Are your feet the same size? 

I wish! My left foot is a little bigger, but just enough where I always feel a little squished.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

I definitely use 😂😂😂 wayyyyy too much because I always laugh so loud at everything! I also love 😈 and 😻

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 How old are you?

20 years.

Where are you from?

Normal, Illinois (a real city, not just a punchline).

Do you have a book that changed your life?

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, or the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Both revolutionary in facing fear and creating without inhibitions.

 Which superpower would you want?

Mind reading. There are 7 BILLION people in the world and the only thoughts I’ve ever heard are my own. I’m sure there’s a lot I’ve been missing out on. 

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

Continuing the amazing work with Nous and getting out to see another bit of planet earth.

Are your feet the same size?

Absolutely.  I measure my feet daily to ensure they’re keeping up with one another. So far so good.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The inverted smiley (duality, bruh).

Have you overcome one of your fears?

Daily!  If I do anything in a day, it’s to make sure that at least once, I was as excited as I was terrified. We grow at the rate we’re willing to be uncomfortable.

What would the title of your memoir be? 

Dude, Where’s My Charger?

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

Bambi, based off of being called that since I can remember. Guess you’ll have to ask around the playground.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

You can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell”

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

 I never saw a hotdog I could trust.

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 How old are you?

21 years young, with an old soul.

Where are you from?

Ludington, Michigan.

Do you have a book that changed your life? 

Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde is a book that I have read previously and am now reading again. It outlines 33 steps to reclaiming your inner power as a human and helps release your mind from the constraints of the ego. It is a book that reminds me that this life is precious and to live in the present moment. When I am traveling it is one of the only books I carry along– it’s that amazing!

Which superpower would you want?

The ability to teleport anywhere, at any time or moment. I have so many friends, family, and loved ones that live all around the world in different places and time zones. It would be so lovely to be able to quickly give my dad a hug before a big moment, say hi to my best friend before she hits the waves in Hawaii, or have breakfast with my sister in Lebanon.

What’s your Karaoke Song?

Sadly, I have only done Karaoke once! And it was no surprise that I picked a classic, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Let’s just say my friends got lots of pictures and laughs that night.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

I think Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada would have some seriously amazing pieces in her closet from all the years of running the iconic magazine, Runway.

What makes you feel nostalgic?

Certain songs that I hear can immediately take me back to a very specific memory, day, feeling, or moment. My heart goes back and feels the beauty and love that I was feeling when I was listening. A few that get me every time are “Open Arms” by RKCB and “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish.

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

I would have to say my writing. I am currently writing whenever I have the chance, and already have filled several journals’ worth with words. Most of it is very personal and poetic, and I would love to someday publish a combination of what I have written, maybe a memoir.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

The Lion King soundtrack is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard, period.

What inspires you the most?

Witnessing the genuine awareness and joy that comes from children playing and experiencing life with so much wonder. It reminds me not to take life so seriously, and to laugh more.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to find a unique, local café to grab a coffee and croissant. With the sun hopefully out, I like to take it with me and walk around for a while to find a quaint park to sit at and be with nature, watch the wildlife, or just be. Taking in the experiences and energy that a new place brings is always exciting to me.

Do you have any mottos you live by?

I have a mantra that I like to say in my head when I need some calm, clearing encouragement in whatever I’m doing during the day, or just because. “I’m eternal. I’m universal. I’m infinite. I am what I am.”

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 How old are you?

I am 17 years old.

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Born and raised in Agoura Hills, CA.

Have you ever broken a bone?

I have always been super clumsy, and my friends have always said how I am like a giraffe on roller skates! Luckily I have actually never broken a bone though!

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

Pickles! It is weird because I love cucumbers and am not a picky eater at all. I am a huge foodie, but something about pickles just makes me go ughhhh…

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

I always save the best for last because in my mind I want to finish with the best flavor possible!

Who was your embarrassing 2000s celeb crush?

I would have to go with Robert Pattinson. I went through a huge faze of loving the Twilight books and movies, I was pretty obsessed.

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

I try to live my life being passionate about everything I do! I believe that the best way to live your life is to love what you are doing with it. Animals I am especially passionate about. Currently I am volunteer every week at the shelter and one day hope to work as an animal rights activist.

Have you overcome one of your fears?

I have always been really shy and I’ve been afraid of public situations and encounters. It’s not something I have completely overcome, but I would say it’s been a work in progress but the finish line is in sight.

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Which superpower would you want?

I have always been obsessed with reading books about history and the past as well as what people think the future will hold, so I would love to have the power of time travel!!

What inspires you the most?

Passionate people really inspire me because I have always loved seeing people that are dedicated to achieving a goal. It also amps me up and makes me more determined to achieve my own dreams.

Can you hula hoop?

It’s possible and I’m not to shabby at it, but I would definitely say that it is a skill I’m not eager to show off!

What’s under your bed?

Lots and lots of bags going from simple handbags to suitcases.

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 How old are you?

17 years old.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Hesperia, California.

IMG_1221What inspires you the most? 

My family and friends have helped and supported me tremendously. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life!

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

In the 11th grade, when  I got my first lead role as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical!

Can you hula hoop?

Yes, but no.

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

I am very passionate about moisturizing my hair. Because LET ME TELL YOU, It is not easy to maintain this mane! It’s requires patience and lots of love.

 

What’s under your bed?

Shoes, clothes, food wrappers, monsters, etc.

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

Once upon a time I was in the 7th grade and I conformed to the  trend of having “swag” and dressing like a “swag girl”. The wardrobe consisted of; snap backs, flannels with the sleeves cut off, colored pants, silly bandz, ripped high waisted’s, fox tails, and sadly the list goes on. 😭 Point is, middle school was the struggle.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!!! 100% recommended.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, yes I do.

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

I tear those red skittles up…

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

Graduate high school!!!!

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 How old are you?

I am 21 years young.

Where are you from?

I am a proud Iowan girl from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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This is going to sound sooooo nerdy but I absolutely love to read. It’s probably my favorite thing to do, and has been since I was just a little girl. In my senior year of college, we were assigned a book called “The Difference Maker” By John Maxwell. No one actually read any of the books we got assigned, but I am a huge nerd so I read every single one! This book, in particular, changed my life because it gave me a whole new perspective on how the simplest thing like having a good attitude can have an immensely positive impact on how successful you are in life. Since then, I follow so many tips the book gave me and I swear by it, I am such a happier person.

What inspires you the most?

Family. I have five siblings and they are all much younger than I am. They motivate me to be the best that I can be because I want to set an amazing example for them. I also look up to my mom and my grandmother. They are the strongest women I have ever met and they inspire me to be the same.

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

Education is so important to me and will continue to be, so I would have to say my biggest achievement (so far) is getting my associates degree two weeks before my high school diploma. I was only 16 at the time when I made the decision to make that a goal of mine. It was one of the first big goals I worked really hard over a long period of time to accomplish, and it was extremely difficult to achieve because of my life situation at the time. SO many times I asked myself why I was doing it and wanted to just give up, but I stuck with it and it served me very well because now I am 21 and I already have two degrees!

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Definitely the !!!! I use it all the time when I’m messaging or emailing people. I feel like if you know me it just makes sense because I’m pretty out there. If not, I’ve often wondered if people think I’m yelling at them all the time…Lol!

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Can you hula hoop?

Yes I can! But to be completely honest, I am kind of dysfunctional when it comes to any sport involving objects, so let’s just say I can and keep it at that.

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

That’s hard to choose because I believe in being passionate about everything you do. If you’re not passionate about it… Then why are you doing it? But if I had to pick, I’d say I’m really passionate about traveling. I feel like it’s important to travel the world and see all that’s out there! There’s so much of it and so little time!

Are your feet the same size?

No they are not and it infuriates me! My right is almost a half size bigger than my left, so I buy shoes that fit perfectly on the left foot, and my toes are left to suffer on the right because I secretly want to punish that foot for being bigger.

IMG_2926What’s under your bed?

Clothes… Lots and lots of clothes.

How many bones have you broken?

TOO MANY!! I was a competitive cheerleader for over 14 years and between the flipping and the stunting (I was the flyer) I’ve had my fair share of broken arms, fingers, and even fractured my neck once!

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

I am not a picky eater at all! But for some reason, my taste buds do not like seafood. Even the smell makes my stomach turn!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

👹

What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

I try not to do trends because I think it is so much cooler when you just do you, and it ends up being a trend– because after all, that is how they start! But I’ll admit when I was in middle school (7th grade) I cared a lot about what others thought, and I got bullied pretty badly. I have really bushy eyebrows (bordering on uni-brow when I don’t maintain them), and back in the day pencil-thin eyebrows were the “cool” and “beautiful” thing. So one day I went home and shaved off my eyebrows. Let’s just say the results were much worse than just putting up with the bullies ! AND OMG THEY DID NOT GROW BACK IN PRETTY.

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