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Araya Nicks: Model of the Moment and Rising Singer | Listen Up!

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Where have you seen Araya Nicks before?

Perhaps you know the SoCal stunner as the face of Nordstrom’s summer shorts campaign. Or maybe you remember her wearing electrodes on her head and negotiating a vine-covered labyrinth in Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” music video?

Here’s a new context in which to view her: solo recording artist.

Nicks is currently working on her own album as a vocalist, and we’ve been turning up on the bus ride to work lately to her cut “One Good Reason.” Check that out below–and get the low-down on her favorite jams, movies and travel bucket list.

Five songs you’d include on a playlist titled “Music for Modeling”:
“Do You Remember” by Jarryd James
“Goddess” by Banks
“Realla” by Tokimonsta ft. Anderson Paak
“Sober” by Childish Gambino
“I Know” by Big Sean (ft. Jhené Aiko)

Five songs you’d include on a playlist titled “Music for a Friday Night”:
“7/11” by Beyonce
“Know Yourself” by Drake
“Where Are U Now” by Skrillex & Diplo (Feat. Justin Bieber)
“Off the Ground” by Anderson Paak
“King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar

Five artists or bands you’d love to play a show with:
Beyonce
Tori Kelly
Sam Smith
Banks
Erik Hassle

Three people whose style you admire:
Julie Sarinana (Sincerelyjules)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Blake Lively

Three things that are on your grocery store list right now:
pita & hummus
dried mango
chocolate malted crunch ice cream

Three movies you could watch over and over again:
Lawless
Tristan & Isolde
Dumb & Dumber

Five people you’d like to be stranded on a desert island with:
Theo James
Beyonce
Tom Hardy
Rihanna
my dog (he’s human)

Three cities you’d love to visit in the next year:
Miami, Florida
Barcelona, Spain
Paris, France

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