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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? 

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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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Oh yes, Summer has finally arrived! That means it is time to purchase a tube of sun block, whip out your passport, and start globe trotting. But, before jumping into your next adventure, our Nous ladies (Megan, KJ, Camryn, and Alyena) have offered some advice that they would like to share from their recent travels.

Peep their interview below to become the jet-setting pro that you were destined to become!:


1. Hi ladies! A little birdie told me that you have recently had the opportunity to travel. Where did you travel to?

KJ in Havana, Cuba

KJ:  Hey! So after my trip to Governor’s Ball in New York with Juicy Couture, I had the impromptu decision to join my friends in Cuba, but I was only there for a total of 32 hours! I was in Havana, Cuba and we stayed at the Four Points Hotel which was a great central location for the city and beach.

Megan Martin in Bogota, Columbia

Megan: Over the past couple of years, I have been so blessed to have traveled a lot during  my modeling career.  I have been fortunate enough to book a lot of travel jobs outside of the country :).  THIS is one of my absolute favorite parts of the job.  I have been to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Mexico (many times), the Bahamas (many many times), & so many more.  These are just a few of my favorite & most memorable locations.

Camryn in London, England

Camryn:  I signed to Nous when I was 15, which then lead to me signing in New York City when I was 16-years-old (which I had never been) and then last year in London at (age) 17. Everything in Europe is so close, so I’ve been able to take holidays to Paris and Amsterdam. I hope to go explore more if I can.

Alyena in London, England

Alyena: Since joining Nous I have gone to London, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Amsterdam! I was stoked to go to these places because it was sort of a post-High School adventure!

2. If you had to choose, which place stuck out the most?

Alyena: My favorite place so far has probably been Amsterdam because of the youth culture as well as the art scene.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Megan: If I haaad to choose… I would probably choose the Exumas in the Bahamas.  I was there this past May & fell in love.  I am a beach girl, & the Exumas had the most remote & beautiful beaches with the most clear & blue water I have ever seen!  I was in awe. The Exumas is made up of 365 islands.  Most are all close together so it is easy to “island hop.” It is the most serene place I have ever been.

Megan Martin in the Exumas, Bahamas.

Camryn: New York City is my favorite city in the world so far. London, Paris, and Amsterdam were so beautiful but NY will always have a special place in my heart and has inspired me to keep pushing for what I want. I’m actually moving there in August!

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KJ enjoying a day at the beach in Cuba

3. What are some of your key/favorite brands that you wore around while traveling?

KJ: While i was there (Cuba), I wore an adorable two piece skirt/top set by XIX Palms, some swim and cover up pieces by Bamba swim, and the rest was my own vintage stuff.

Alyena: Local stuff. Paris had the best fashion it was incredible! There were so many boutiques with so many different types of looks the main difficulty was trying to fit everything in my suitcase.

 

Alyena in Paris, France.

 

4. What’s something you pack that’s not absolutely essential, but you like having it?

Alyena: One thing that was essential for my trip was headphones. In long train rides and on the plane I couldn’t imagine not having them.

Camryn: I (really my mother) will pack bags of Tea and Emergen-C, so as soon as I land, I’ll be able to make my go-to drink!

Megan: A sound machine.  When traveling to a new place, you never know what your surroundings are like… & you NEED that beauty sleep.  I also use it to help me sleep & deal with time changes.

5.  Speaking of beauty sleep, what’s the best way to sleep on a plane?

Camryn: I always end up watching movies on the plane because I rarely go to the movie theater and catch up on all the new movies.. so no sleep!!

6. Was there anything that came up while you were traveling that you did not expect?

Alyena: One food I plan to never have again is veal. In Germany I got tricked into eating it because they brought out the wrong meal and it was quite a shock.

KJ sitting down for a meal in Havana, Cuba

7. Oh no! I am so sorry. Well, this brings onto our next topic: Where and/or what did you eat? Any unusual secret gems that you can’t wait to bring back home?

KJ: Our favorite restaurant to eat lunch at was called El Dandy. They had meat and cheese plates, carnitas tacos (😍😍  my fav), and the best mangos I’ve ever had! Everything there is really cheap, taxi’s were 10-20 pesos to get anywhere, and every meal was around 15 pesos a person including drinks. Both nights I was there, we ate this adorable rooftop restaurant called El Cocinero. The ambiance and food was amazing.

Megan: Bogota, Colombia has the best fried Yuca. It  is similar to french fries, but better ;).

Alyena: If you go to Italy the one thing that I practically lived on was gelato. It’s a culture where gelato is considered acceptable with every meal!

A Spread of Italian Gelato

Megan enjoying the view in Amboise, France

8. That all sounds so good! I’m sure one of you found a familiar plate while traveling. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?

Megan: Fresh pasta from Italy!

9. Now, in terms of location, did you girls get to experience/discover some local secret gems? 

Camryn: If you travel to London, I’m sure you will hear of the Shoreditch House. It’s really a hip venue in a culturally rich area and they have the best roof top pool. Oh! And Brick Lane in Shoreditch has some really great thrift shops!

KJ: One night, we went to a rooftop salsa bar called Roma and it had the best vibe. I met some of the most down to earth people.On my second day in Cuba, I went to the AMAZING beach called Tarara, which is i a private beach club. It only costs 5 pesos to get in, and you feel like you’re on a deserted tropical island. Only locals really know about it so there are no people and it’s really clean. The water is super clear.

Camryn in London, England in front of the Big Ben.

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

Camryn: Saying English phrases like “que up” (assembling in a line) or when you are asking where bathroom is, you refer to the restroom as “the toilet.” Also, everyone says “proper” in numerous casual conversations and it is very versatile. Like, “she’s proper posh,” would be that girl is really elegant/upperclass/stylish!

11. What is the craziest/funniest thing that happened to you while traveling?

Megan: I was in Tulum shooting for a swimwear brand, and some locals approached us while shooting and proceeded to take their shirts off and get in the water & “pose” with me………..

Megan striking a pose in St. Barths wearing a swimsuit by Stone Cold Fox

12. Haha! That is hilarous. Now, has anyone done anything super creative to save money during their travels?

KJ: When traveling, always bring twice as much cash as you think you need. This is especially important in Cuba because American credit cards don’t work over there. With extra cash, if something goes wrong, you then have plenty of cushioning.

Camryn: I once took a 10 hour bus ride from Amsterdam to London because I had a job the next day and had to go home without my friends! It was actually really cool because I got to drive through Holland and Belgium.

13. Sounds like a memory for the books! So, let’s get a little personal. Do any of you ladies have an irrational fear that your travels have helped you overcome?

Megan: Traveling is such a beautiful thing. However, there is a lot of inevitable things you cannot control— like flight delays, weather, language barriers in different countries, misinterpreting cultures, & etc… You truly have to go into traveling with an open mind & ready for almost anything to happen.

KJ having some fun in the sun in Havana, Cuba

14. Love that advice! To wrap it up, does anyone have any further advice for other wanderlusters?

KJ: Knowing foreign languages is a plus, as locals may try to take advantage of you and tell you things are more money than they are. But for the most part, come with no expectations and have a great time!

Megan: Do not take traveling for granted (I sure do sometimes).  It is such a gift.  Try and be as present as possible & take any given opportunity to immerse yourself in another countries culture.

Alyena: Be a collector! One thing I try to collect in every city is a cool key chain, as well as a post card from either a museum I visited or from a street vendor.

….and that’s a wrap! Now that you’re a jet-setting pro, get inspired by checking out some more awesome photos from the girls’ past travels below:

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This post originally featured in Oystermag.com.

Meet The Model: Grace Lynn @ Nous Shot By Darren Ankenman

Grace Kull is a model and dancer who got discovered at a One Direction concert and wishes she could live in a world with less homework (same). If that sentence didn’t make you love her enough the below examples of her street smarts and good tastes should do the trick. Take it away, Grace.

space-right-sizeName: Grace Kull

Nickname: Gracie-poo (but I hate being called that, haha).

Star sign: Capricorn

Where did you grow up and where are you living now?
South Pasadena, CA to both.

What were you into in high school?
My favourite subject is definitely math.

In what ways have you changed since then?
I’m actually still in high school, but I think I’m a lot more outgoing and sure of what I want to do in life than I was in freshman year.

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be nice to everyone you meet because you never know when you might see them again. Also because it’s good to make an excellent impression on everyone you meet, and to maintain good relationships with others.

What are you most excited about atm?
I’m excited for college apps to be over, tbh.

How did you get ~discovered~?
I was at a One Direction concert in Pasadena two years ago on 9/11, and one of One Direction’s drivers pointed me out to a scout from Nous that he had been talking with. She came up to me and asked if I’d be interested in modelling, and gave me her card. After doing extensive research, I decided to try modelling, and I’ve been at it ever since.

space-right-sizeWhat would be your last meal?
I’d want my last meal to be anywhere in Germany because the food is so amazing there!

How did you get into dancing?
After watching many ballet children’s shows when I was five, my parents signed me up for lessons. I’ve been dancing ever since.

What would be your dream job in that field?
I’d like to one day try out for a company, but it would be cool to model for a dancewear line such as Discount Dance.

How do you feel when you’re dancing, how does that differ from how you feel when modelling?
When I dance, I feel expressive and graceful in my movements. When I model, I feel different because depending on what I’m wearing, I could either feel cheerful, serious, or anywhere in between. But I think it’s cool how I get to model different looks because each one has a unique aspect to it.

Best dance video on the internet?
It would have to be Sergei Polunin dancing to ‘Take Me to Church’ by Hozier.

Best dance movie?
First Position, a documentary following young dancers competing in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP).

What causes or issues are important to you?
Some important causes to me are promoting women’s rights and making sure rescued animals get loving homes.

What’s your idea of utopia?
My idea of utopia would be a world where no one is judged for who they are, and where everyone can express themselves and succeed in whatever they enjoy doing.

If you were Supreme Leader of the world for a day what rules would you implement?
I would pass a law that limits the amount of homework students have per night because I feel that at times, especially last year, some homework doesn’t really benefit me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I definitely want to continue modelling and dancing, but I’d also like to do something in the field of mathematics.

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Written by Lucy Jones

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Yes, the rumors are true… we’ve caught twin-fever here at Nous. And who could blame us? The lovely Magruder sisters aren’t truly identical, but with just one small beauty mark to tell them apart, they might as well be! Standing tall at a true 5′ 9″, Olivia (below left) and Madeline (below right) are 17 and hail from Maryland. The girls are attached at the hip on and off set, and their bond translates to some seriously stunning photos – but don’t worry – from Olivia’s playful sense of humor to Madeline’s secret celeb crush, there’s plenty that sets them apart. Scroll down to find out for yourself. We are thrilled to introduce to you: The Magruder Twins!linebreak

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Photo Credit: Jentrie Bentley @jentrie.aaron

Photo Credit: Matthew Priestley @matthewtylerpriestley

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

I’m most passionate about horses. I love spending time with my horse and taking her to competitions. There is nothing like the bond between horse and rider.

Which superpower would you want?

Time travel.  I would want to experience different time periods and what life was like during them, and still be able to return to present day.

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

The quotation mark. It’s always fun to quote someone.

Can you hula hoop?

Yes! I can jump rope with a hula hoop too!

What’s under your bed?

I have nothing under my bed except occasionally my cat, it’s her favorite hideout.

Have you ever prank called someone?

One time my twin and I prank called my best friend. She would not get off of Netflix, so we went into the other room and called her, pretending like we were the Netflix company calling to tell her that the account ran out of ‘watching time.’ She believed the call, but later found out it was us and went back to watching.

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How many bones have you broken?

I’ve broken a bone in my foot two different times while bathing my horse in sandals. The first time, she moved over and stepped on my foot. The second time, she spooked and jumped over buckets of shampoo, landing on my other foot. Don’t ever bathe a horse wearing open-toed shoes!

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

I love food and will try just about anything! The only food I strongly dislike is olives. They are WAY too salty.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

I’ve always dreamed of going to Tahiti. I love the warm tropical climates, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear water.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

I definitely have to pick the palm tree emoji. 🌴🌴🌴🌴

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

Titanic. My favorite song from the film is “My Heart Will Go On.”

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IMG_4504Name?

Katya Vladykina

How old are you?

I’m 18 years old.

Where are you from?

I’m from Minneapolis, MN.

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation points!!! In big amounts!!!! I’m always excited about something!

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

Choosing one thing would be really hard because I can be passionate about so many things that it becomes overwhelming. Art and traveling are both examples. However, I would have to say that I am most passionate about my family and all of the other amazing people I have in my life.

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

Definitely Princess Mia from Princess Diaries because I’m kind of hoping that someone comes along and tells me that I’m the princess of some beautiful land, especially with that closet that she gets (favorite part of the movie).

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 Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I like to find beauty within every place I am, even Minnesota, but the most beautiful place on earth? I believe that I have yet to find out.

 How many bones have you broken?

ZERO! I am obsessed with milk and totally think that it has something to do with that.

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

Olives and anything pumpkin….blech!

 What inspires you the most?

Positive, inspiring, and driven people inspire me more than anything. I always find myself drawn to people with good vibes.

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Which emoji would best capture your essence?

Definitely either the heart eyes kitty emoji or the sunflower. I completely overuse emojis but they make conversations so much more fun!

 Which superpower would you want?

I would love to be able to read other people’s minds. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what in the world other people are thinking, especially boys.

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

Definitely save the best for last, you have to let the anticipation build!

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What do you think you cook or bake the best?
I LOVE to bake! My favorite right now is pies and cupcakes!

What’s your favorite plant?
I love how quirky and cute cacti are! But my favorite flower to get as a gift is pink peonies!

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?
I will eat pretty much anything once! One time I ordered octopus salad because the waiter told me it was the best thing on the menu… I thought it would be a lettuce salad with a tiny bit of octopus that I could try. I was surprised when I got it and it was just a pile of tentacles, but it wasn’t bad!

What’s the best way to comfort you when you’re having a really terrible day?
A long nap with my two kittens, macaroni and cheese, and talking on the phone with my mom!

What’s under your bed?
A ton of shoes, half drunk water bottles, and cat toys!

Have you ever prank called someone?
Oh yeah! In middle school me and my friends would always call our crushes and had code names for them… embarrassing, but funny now!

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What makes you feel nostalgic?
Driving around on back roads in my hometown!

What’s your sign?
Pisces

Have you ever sleepwalked?
No, but I sleep laugh a lot hahaha!

What was your favorite birthday?
All of them! Birthdays are so awesome, last year I went to Disneyland. This year I want to take a roadtrip up to Big Sur!

Are you afraid of spiders?
YES

Are you much of an Adventurer?
Yes! My favorite thing to do is explore. When I travel places for work I go straight from the set after work to find something cool in the city!

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be?
Probably a golden retriever! I’m blonde and bubbly like them, and I love to be outside!

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If you were a cake which cake would you be?
Dark chocolate Lava cake. Who doesn’t love some chocolate!

Which famous person would you like to be BFFs with?
Carrie Bradshaw.

What’s your sign?
Virgo.

What’s the best way to comfort you when you’re having a really terrible day?
A cup of tea and some really yummy food. Food is the way to my heart!

Are ghosts real?
Yes.. Have you seen me without a tan..

Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?
Hawaii. I love the beach! Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches.

Can you hula hoop?
Like a pro!

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Have you overcomeone of your fears?
Spiders…. No way.

If you could buy one material thing, and money was not an issue, what would it be?
A house on the beach.

Are you much of an adventurer?
Yes! I love adventuring with my friends.

What’s under your bed?
Lots and lots of shoes!

Have you ever prank called someone?
When i was younger, my friends and I would prank call the boys we were crushing on all the time. We thought we were funny..

What makes you feel nostalgic?
Music.

How did you get your name?
My father was born in Alexandria, Egypt. So my parents named me after the beautiful Egyptian city.

 

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Can you hula hoop?
I would consider myself a pro!

Are aliens real?
Yes!!

How many bones have you broken?
None but this is one of my fears

What foods will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?
Octopus and wasabi, yuck!

If you were a cake which cake would you be?
Carrot cake with cream cheese filling (my favorite).

What is the most important material possession you have and why?
My All Saints booties because they are my go to’s, and of course I have to add my cellphone because I am addicted to it!

Do you have a book that changed your life?
The Giving Tree

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Whats your sign?
Pisces

What do you typically have for breakfast?
I love pancakes, eggs and a side of fruit with either coffee or OJ (Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day)

Are you scared of spiders?
Super!

What was your first job?
Lookbook for Popsugar

How did you get your name?
Dad and mom just liked the name

Are you much of an adventurer?
Love adventures, especially if it involves nature!

Can you keep a plant alive for long?
Honestly, I’ve never been a plant owner but since I’m into nature I’d probably be able to.

What’s under your bed?
Pair of socks which my dog put there and couple of his other toys.

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Name?
Callahan Rahm

How old are you?
I’m 18 years old.

Where are you from?
I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What’s under your bed?
There are bins full of dance shoes, swimsuits, and my sweet, sleeping dog, Beatrice. All of my favorite things!

Do you believe in ghosts?
No, but I don’t believe in watching scary movies, either.

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?
???? I’m a girl with questions.

Most proud of?
Standing on my own two feet. Not listening to the nay-sayers or following the crowd. I believe in myself, I believe in my dreams, and I believe in my decisions.

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What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave into?
During my early hip hop years, I rocked arm warmers, and a patent leather lieutenant hat. Big mistake!

Who was your embarrassing crush of the 2000’s:
My big crush, of course, was High School Musical Zac Efron! I’m not embarrassed to say that I’m crushing on him more today!!

Which superpower would you want?
I would love to be able to fly! I would save a lot of money not using uber.

What inspires you the most?
Positive, passionate people inspire me.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?
(tongue out) I am an emoji addict, but this is my favorite because my life is fun and silly.

Have you overcome one of your fears?
I have overcome my fear of missing out. Over the past few years, I realized that all my failures and disappointments have cleared the path for me to go after my life goals. I no longer feel like I am missing out or feel like there is better things happening elsewhere. I am settled where I am today, learning the lessons I need to learn. I’m confident I’m on my path to my dream life.

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