Gals Of Summer: Hayley Magnus

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By all conventional wisdom, actress Hayley Magnus should not have turned out normal. Despite having caught the acting bug at a very young age (“I think I came out of the womb mid-pose!”) the twenty five year old Australian beauty grew up telling the other kids she wanted to be a volcanologist, just to set herself apart (partly due to a few too many Dante’s Peak viewings). Her first real performance was as a pre-teen, as part of something they have down under called Tournament of the Minds, which is some weird hybrid of drama club and debate team they have in school (IDEK). She played a hillbilly who could only speak in rhyming couplets, and had to answer social science questions about the universal time code (no, for real). “It was the nerdiest of nerd things ever!” She insists she had friends and everything, (“do imaginary ones count?”) and after high school landed her first real gig, on popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. From there the quirky, brainy beauty landed a recurring role on a show called Slide, followed by several movie roles, eventually moving to Los Angeles last year. If you think moving to Hollywood has changed her, don’t: her favorite part about living here? “The opossums! They’re hilarious!”

Since Hayley did us the kindness of appearing in our Summer Garden Party editorial, I asked her to plan her perfect garden party. And guess what? It’s weird and charming, just like her:

Gals Of Summer: Diandra Forrest

In a world where conventionality often tends to rule traditional standards of good looks, model Diandra Forrest is the very definition of uniquely beautiful. The gorgeous 24-year old African-American model was born and bred in the Bronx, and as a child with albinism, Diandra was often teased, until one day she was discovered by a model scout who could plainly see that Diandra was not only pretty, but downright gorgeous. Since then she has walked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood, been featured in countless magazine editorials, and even popped up in music videos for Kanye West (“Power”) and Beyonce (“Pretty Hurts”). Check out some stunning snaps of one our favorite (role) models:

Ariel Beesley

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We know what you’re thinking. There’s nothing more annoying than a very beautiful girl who also happens to be totally talented and creative (all in addition to having perfect bone structure). We tend to agree, except in the case of Ariel Beesley, the twenty year old model and musician who not only looks like a dream but happens to creates perfectly dreamy music as well. We can’t help but be charmed by the bleach blonde beauty’s poise, intelligence, and penchant for the darker side of life. The former musical theater nerd recently released Wisp, her third (THIRD) record of sweetly simple yet slightly haunting folk tunes, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the music video for “Boys Like You” (directed by Aris Jerome) for an exclusive Nasty Gal premiere, as well as pick Ariel’s brain about her inspirations.

Photos by Felisha Tolentino

Video directed by Aris Jerome, styled by Ariel Beesley

Nadine Leopold

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It’s OK to admit you’ve fallen for the freckle-faced blondie from our Festival Shop lookbook. Model Nadine Leopold not only makes us super stoked for the summery days ahead, but she also shares our obsession with Mean Girls, Drake, and Stevie Nicks. (Swoon!) Find out more about this festival babe in our Nasty Gal-approved survey below.

Moa Aberg

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If you’ve been itching to know more about that brunette babe from our Valentine’s lookbook, you’re in luck. We pulled some strings (a.k.a. just asked nicely) if we could ask this feathered-bob beauty some this-or-that questions, and she was totally down. Meet Moa Aberg: a model from Sweden who’s got a serious thing for Kanye and candy bars.

Daria Morgendorffer

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Yo, we miss Daria. Like, a lot. It’s been 12 years (to the day!) since the last episode aired on MTV, and we’ve been seriously lost without her killer monotone one-liners and general distaste for everything (except pizza). Here’s to the gal who always kept it real—and made the lace-up Docs and pleated skirt ensemble one of the most timeless trends in ’90s history.

Christy Turlington

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It’s hard to believe Christy Turlington landed her first Vogue cover nearly 30 years ago (1985!) and is still killing it today. To celebrate the supermodel’s 45th birthday, we rounded up some of her most memorable editorials and campaigns to date–and found an excuse to stare at some seriously awesome vintage Versace. (Need. Everything.)

Syd Tha Kyd

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At 21, DJ and producer Sydney “Syd Tha Kid” Bennett is already a staple in the Los Angeles music scene, and we love Syd. (Proof: She deejayed our #NGFW party last year, and we interviewed her in our first ever issue of Super Nasty.) She stole our hearts as the DJ (and lone female) in the notorious rap group Odd Future, and since then, Syd has teamed up with Matt Martians to form The Internet, a soulful, jazzy hip-hop band. I spoke with Syd at her recording studio, Chateau Marie, where we talked about making money, her signature style, and how far she’s come from recording dudes in her parent’s garage.

(Photos by Cat Roif)

Joni Mitchell

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It’s hard to believe one our biggest ’60s style icons, Joni Mitchell, turns 70 today! We’ve always been obsessed with her effortlessly-cool ensembles (think: no-nonsense shift dresses paired with T-strap flats), so we paid homage to the fashion-forward folk singer with some of our favorite throwback looks.

Meet The Cult: Brandee Brown

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In case you haven’t noticed, we just can’t get enough of our NYC Shoe Cult disciples. Today, we’re getting to know filmmaker/Ryan McGinley muse Brandee Brown who is the definition of a badass babe. Lucky for us, Brandee created a short film that we’re debuting for the first time right here on the site! (Plus, it comes with a poem too.) Pretty cool, eh? Check it out below.

(Photos by Cara Stricker)