Wasé Chief

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“Having the opportunity to live and work in Thailand for three months was absolutely one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. It was a little scary at first because I really had no idea what to expect, but that is also what made the trip so amazing!

I arrived in Bangkok at around 11pm and was greeted at the airport by one of my agents. I am still so grateful for that because after my 16hr flight, I was exhausted. We went straight to the model apartment, I got the chance to meet all of my housemates and then I was off to bed.

The next morning I was already off to my first casting so I didn’t have much time to settle in or buy groceries. It was so perfect because literally as soon as I walked down our street to the main road there was so much food! I mean, street vendors everywhere selling pretty much anything you can think of for super cheap. Definitely one of my favorite things about Thailand… the food! I was hungry and wanted to grab a quick breakfast before my casting. It was so nice to be able to have fresh coconut water and a little bag of mixed fruit for less than $1!

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The castings in Bangkok are also a lot different than L.A. They do your hair and makeup at each casting, so sometimes it can end up taking anywhere from 1-7 hours (I was at a casting for 7 hours one time; it was crazy!). After my first casting I decided to explore a little. I was beyond excited to be in such a beautiful and tropical place. Another wonderful little thing about Bangkok is the transportation. It is so easy and inexpensive to get around. The majority of the time I would take a motorbike taxi because they are so fun, cheap and you never have to sit in traffic.

Whenever the housemates and I had some free time we would try and go to as many markets as we could because there are so many all over the city. One of my favorites was the night market. There was so much good food, vintage clothing, jewelry, live music and the atmosphere was just really cool.

Bangkok is such an amazing city full of life and culture. It is crazy but beautiful and hard not to fall in love with. The best mornings were the ones I would spend on the balcony at the model apartment…it was my lovely little sanctuary before a long day at work or castings.

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The first job I booked was a wedding shoot. There was such a fun team and we got to shoot at the beautiful Amari Hotel. This was my favorite dress, I loved how long the train was. Guests that were staying at the hotel kept congratulating the ‘groom’ and I, we thought it was pretty funny and after a while we would just smile and say thank you.

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During my last week in Thailand I took a little two-day trip to this little island called Ko Samet. This was absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The beaches all had white sand, the water was crystal clear and it was pretty much heaven on earth.

Buying my breakfast from this nice man before a long day of swimming and adventuring around the island! Being at the beach was so nice and definitely the perfect end to my trip. I fell in love with everything! The people, the food, the language and the beauty in nature everywhere…I can’t wait to go back someday!”

Take a look at Wasé’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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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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We were beyond excited to see Wasé Chief’s gorgeous face on the cover of R Magazine! In the Hawaiian mag’s chic holiday edition, Wasé kills it wearing a fun, black & white printed dress for the cover look and accessorizes with festive pops of red. Inside the glossy pages, you’ll find her looking stunning in teal blue evening wear and a bold, monochromatic purple ensemble – both perfect for the wintertime soirees coming up on your calendar. Seriously, is there anything this girl doesn’t look good in?!

Take a look at Wasé’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

The holidays are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice. But sometimes, like when it’s time to prep for those final exams, we’re not always feeling so warm and fuzzy. For the days that you just need to get up and go, rely on Rebel8: our new favorite one-stop destination for a simple, easy going style that is perfect for the hectic holiday season.

As an added cool factor, Rebel8 is one of the few brands left to rebel -pun intended- against the digital age; their threads feature original works of art, meaning many of their graphics are hand-illustrated by artists like the legendary Mike Grant. These fun graphic tees are only a taste of the casual-cool styles to choose from: between comfy denims and amazing sweatshirts, your closet will seriously be thanking you later (and so will your boyfriend, whose hoodie collection will “mysteriously” reappear).

In the brand’s new winter collection, our girl Wasé Chief perfects an “I Woke Up Like This” look that will easily transition from class to Secret Santa shopping for your BFFLs, or yourself, we’re not judging! Throw on a rad crew neck, some low-rise denims and pair with your favorite pair of Converse to make for the ultimate casual-cool look (and leave all the frill and fluff for your Christmas tree decorating). Shot by one of our favorite photographer/stylist duos – Adam Rindy and Honor Hamilton, and beauty by the lovely Jessie Bishop, the Rebel8 lookbook sums up our favorite looks for keeping it cool during the holidaze, and all year ‘round.

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Photographer: Adam Rindy // Website // Instagram
Stylist: Honor Hamilton // Website // Instagram
Makeup Artist: Jessie Bishop // Website // Instagram

Take a look at Wasé’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Here at Nous, we’re always on the lookout for new talent of all kinds. Sometimes we find them, and sometimes they find us. This summer, we were lucky enough to be approached by Yazzi Williams, a photography blogger who was in town from Australia. When it comes to a test photoshoot, Yazzi is pretty much a one stop shop! A talented photographer, makeup artist and stylist, we were so thrilled that she wanted to work with us. Bringing out soft, feminine qualities in the girls, and capturing perfect golden hour moments, her work is exactly what we were looking for. During her short stay here, we were able to coordinate eleven beautiful photoshoots. All of our girls loved her, and learned so much from the experience. Yaz, this one’s for you! Thank you so much for all of your hard work; we can’t wait until your next trip out here! Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments. To see more of her amazing work, or if you have any questions for her, check out her blog, Love Yaz Photo.

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The Models

Diane Murtha // Allison Holton // Chloe Bechtol // Holly Hicks // Brianna Gilchrist // Zeda Navarro

Zelly Dugan // Caralee Ellis // Wase Chief // Maitlyn Simmons  // Selena Sloan

Ed, words can’t describe how much we love you, and love working with you. Over the last year we’ve laughed, grown, oo-ed and ah-ed at your fantastic work, and it’s about time we thank you properly! You’ve become a staple here at Nous, and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Here’s a time warp of Ed’s work with Nous, starting with Wase in November of 2013, all the way through today. Cheers to you, Ed.

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The Models

Wase // Holly // Naty // Angela // Cat // Shawna // Alexah // Caralee // Jocelyn // Alena // Zelly // Amber // Bridget // Faith // Sydney // Allison 

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We’re excited to introduce our newest face Wasé Chief ! Aside from having the coolest name ever, we love Wasé and her girl-next-door looks and we can’t wait to see more from her. This is her very first test shot by Wes Klain and we think she’s got something special.

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