Nora Vai

Dreamer, Poser, Player

Category: Behind the scenes

Behind those fairytale scenes for Paper magazine

A month ago, in freezing winter I get news that I’m flying to LA to shoot for Paper magazine (poor me). Was flying from New York with 2 massive suitcases full of clothes, given by the magazine. Had a pair of shoes in my hands throughout the flight, as they didn’t fit in with the rest. Shoes made it safe to LA. The team picked me up at the airport and we drove 4 hours to the shoot location. Luckily it was the most fun group of people I could possibly spend all this time with. We got there at night and had dinner at a dodgy seafood place. I ordered chicken fried stake (trying to avoid dodgy fish) for the first time. Was surprised why it doesn’t taste like chicken until the guys told me what it is. Wine helped to recover from disappointment.

We started early before the sunrise next day. I got to try all of the amazing outfits from the suitcases, which was a bit too much excitement for me so early. Got inspired to be that girl, wearing a full matching colorful outfit with an eccentric hat. We drove a little more to location, Salvation Mountain. It’s massive art installation in a dessert, created by someone having so much love to give. We were wondering what people produce out there to make everyone so happy. Surprisingly families were actually living in the desert ,in their little tents, without any needs for grocery shop with kale, not even talking about instagram. The place was so surreal I wasn’t sure if it’s really happening. To make it even better suddenly this massive great dane comes out of nowhere. He doesn’t mind to pose with me at all until we manage to push him out of the shot. I couldn’t wait to post my BTS pictures after the shoot. Very happy the story is finally out and I can share them. Big thank you to David (in the last image) for taking all of those behind the scenes for me until my phone dies.

Published story is in Paper magazine, taken by the most talented photographers duo, called Juco. Love their work! Styling by Shirley Kurata, hair and make up by David Tolls. Thank you my agency Muse for making it happen. Anytime please. xx


















Snapchat story #Noravai

Real at DKNY

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One of my everyday Snapchat stories @Noravai 


Few days ago I did DKNY show here in New York. I also worked with the team before, saw the process of the collection being put together, trying all the variations of clothes, seeing how they move, how they look on pictures, how they feel etc. We spent long days, stayed until 2am together. At the end it felt like the team became a little family. I can definitely see now why designers call collections their baby. Makes me love the brand even more, when I know that people behind it are so lovely and down to earth. Also, the fact that they casted real New Yorkers for the show and not only models, adds so much character and personality to it. Thank you, DKNY for having me and making me feel like a real New Yorker for a bit.


Last photo by Eli Schmidt

White outfit in Brooklyn

Image Image Image Image Thank you, Harrison Boyce, for giving me a tour of all the glamorous spots in Brooklyn and helping me to document this trip.      

Glamour in Chinatown





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Had a lot of fun playing this story with my bestie Kate, Christine and Allie. All shot 2 blocks from where I live and where I actually do my food shopping. Thank you neighbors for lending us your tools and stools for a picture!

Photos Christine Hahn, styling Kate Carnegie, make up Allie Smith