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Stephanie Nogueras
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Stephanie Nogueras is an actress of Puerto Rican descent. She was born in Camden, New Jersey, and raised in Pine Hill, New Jersey, as well as Frederick, Maryland. She is profoundly deaf and is fluent in American Sign Language.

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Many had encouraged her to pursue a modeling career because she was naturally beautiful, extremely confident and the camera loved her. Taking the advice, she stepped into the spotlight and won a modeling competition at her college, RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), where she earned a degree in Liberal Arts. She gained more experience and confidence shooting with student photographers on campus and was able to put together an impressive modeling portfolio. With that in hand, more opportunities arose to shoot with professional photographers, stylists, and designers. Philadelphia Celebrity stylist/photographer Laurentius gave Stephanie her first modeling break by using her in a hair marketing campaign for his Laurentius Salon. The images were stunning and beautiful and gave her a lot of mileage. Stephanie explains, being deaf and petite, she has faced her share of rejection and obstacles in the modeling world; however, in spite of her deafness, she continued to persevere. In 2011, her images landed her on the cover of three magazines: Ann Laurens Bella Petite featuring Petite Models, I.D.E.A.L. (Individuals with Disabilities Express About Life), and Life In Sight, a German Deaf Lifestyle Magazine. Stephanie has also been interviewed by Style & Celebrity Entertainment News blogs: Fashion News Live, Isobella Jade, and Jay Swag. ​​She has become a Deaf role model raising Deaf Awareness and respect in both the Deaf and Hearing Communities. Stephanie is an active fundraiser for a Deaf school in Puerto Rico. A newcomer to Los Angeles, Stephanie, who lives on a real farm in New Jersey and never even dreamed of acting, got bit by the acting bug after doing "Extra" work on ABC/Family's Switched at Birth for just one day. She convinced her model manager to let her audition for the principal role of Natalie, going up against Deaf actresses with real acting experience.