Gals Of Summer: Chanel Castaneda

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Chanel Castaneda is a girl who knows how to have fun. Not just in the party sense of the word (although she certainly has that bit down), but in seemingly every aspect of her life. The petite Los Angeles native spends her time pal-ing around with some of our favorite It-girls, including Brooke Candy, Venus X, and stylist Alexis Knox. She is an actress, a model, and a muse, and is best known for her unique and borderline cartoonish take on style: think giant platforms, bleached Barbie hair (currently dyed  a dusty pink), and bold, sexy fashion. Check out some of our favorite party snaps of Miss Chanel below.

Ode To Lana

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“Are you sick, or just a lesbian?” pried the USC sorority girl washing her hands next to me, upon first glance at my newly shaved head. This was a whole bunch of years ago, but when I’m back in the vicinity of my alma mater for the sold out Lana Del Rey show at The Shrine Auditorium, it all comes back to me. Perfect tens and misfits are still the theme of the night.

-Jane Helpern

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

Nasty Gal Collection Spring 2014 Stylist Sasha Kelly

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We need to give major props to our Nasty Gal Collection Spring 2014 stylist Sasha Kelly. Without her, our rebellious-meets-feminine lookbook wouldn’t be nearly as, well, badass! The NYC-based stylist has collaborated with everyone from Jeff Bark to Michael Hauptman to Marton Perlaki, and her work has appeared in i-D, Oyster, and Teen Vogue, just to name a few. So, we thought we’d pick her brain and get some insight into her styling secrets. Check out her tips below!

Frida Aasen

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Just when you thought it was impossible to look cool at prom, model Frida Aasen showed us that some choppy bangs, bondage and a badass ‘tude can totally transform an entire outfit. But, we wanted to know even more about this blonde-haired beauty, so we asked her about dream date, go-to song, and her modeling career (duh). Check it out below!

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.