Since the beginning, fashion brand Good American has been on a mission to advocate for inclusivity and diversity in all facets of the fashion industry. Not only does the brand offer a wide range of sizing and playful styles, but each season its founders, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede, carefully select models that properly reflect the various shades and sizes of the brand’s global fanbase.
For the brand’s season 7 casting call backs, Good American Model and Fashion Blogger, Nadia Aboulhosn, joined the Good Squad casting team as a judge. Having served as a Good American model since the brand’s season 1 collection, the plus-size model returns with fond memories of her own first casting. “My favorite part of the callback is being able to see so many different women and hearing their stories,” said Nadia. “Most were on a journey to self love and the call back was part of the process of stepping outside their comfort zones.” Nadia documented the casting process with a behind-the-scenes photo diary and spoke with Teen Vogue about what diversity means to her.
Teen Vogue: How do you prepare for the call backs? How many call backs have you attended for Good American?
Nadia Aboulhosn: This is the first callback I’ve ever been a surprise judge on. I was actually the first person to be seen at the very first model search. I remember having a flight to Canada that left early in the morning and Emma, Khloe and a few other people saw me first thing then I headed off to the airport. It, for sure, can be somewhat intimidating going in to any callback, but their team is seriously some of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met in the industry. It wasn’t as scary as some may think.
TV: What is your favorite part about the call back?
NA: My favorite part of the callback is being able to see so many different women and hearing their stories. Most were on a journey to self love and the call back was part of the process of stepping outside their comfort zones.
NA: I’ve always said there’s nothing better than them working on something like this together. Khloe can relate first hand to what it was like having trouble with clothes and Emma is a beam of light with such a positive energy. They both want the best for the people around them, whether it’s someone they know personally or not. They’ve reassured me that no matter how tough and overwhelming things can get, when you’re doing something that genuinely has a purpose bigger than you, it will flourish. That’s exactly what they’re doing. They’ve started a business with meaning behind it and that’s why they’re as successful as they are.
TV: Why did you choose to be a member of the Good Squad?
NA: I wanted to continue the message of self love and I think it’s important to stand by brands that really embody who you are. For me, that’s Good American.
TV: Why do you feel Good American’s message is so important today? How do you feel that the Good Squad promotes and shares this message?
NA: I’ve been a fashion blogger for eight years now and I remember first being in the industry and there were barely any brands that were size inclusive that really worked hard on getting that message across. It’s incredibly important to show diversity. People want to see someone they relate to when they’re shopping with a brand. Even their posts on social media show such a diverse range of people. If we keep making an effort to do that, it will become the norm and change societies views of what’s considered beautiful.
TV: What have you learned from being a member of the Good Squad?
NA: We all have more in common than we do differences. Everyone has their own story as to why they feel the way they do. I was listening to some of the callback women’s stories and there are girls who are STUNNING but they don’t necessarily feel that way because of what people have told them through the years. Some have been through a divorce or a break up. Some were made fun of when they were younger or their family members would judge them. We all may look different physically but I’ve learned that all of us have our own struggles. You never know what someone is going through, even if it looks like they have it all.
TV: What is your go-to advice for girls who are submitting their application to become a member of the Good Squad?
NA: Don’t be afraid to take risks. The most anyone can do is say no but you’ll never know if you haven’t even tried.
TV: Good American’s Spring collection is launching soon – what are some of your favorite pieces?
NA: So many good drops this season. My favorite pieces are the pearl denim shorts, the zip up bodysuit, and the denim Khlo$ bodysuit that has the perfect cut. They also have an all-mesh long sleeve turtleneck top which is super cute. Everything is so good, narrowing down my favorites can be challenging.