Check our interview with young Runway Model Jordan Leftwich who has been part of main events like the New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week.
Tell us a little about you?
Hello, My name is Jordan Leftwich and I have modeled since I was 5 years old. I have modeled for 8 years now and I have signed with FORD, BMG and LA Models. I am an only child, my favorite color is pink and I love puppies.
Describe yourself in three word?
Kind, Quirky and Fun
Who is your role model?
My role model is my mother because she is so hard working and she is always by my side…unless I’m being silly..lol. Some day I want to repay her for all of the amazing things she has done for me.
How did you start in modeling?
My hair stylist asked my mom if I wanted to do a beauty pageant for a long time and eventually my mother asked me if I wanted to do it. I said “sure” and it just started everything. I got dressed in my kindergarten classroom while everyone was at lunch and when I finished my teacher “Mr. Vacarro” came in and said oh my gosh, she is so beautiful. He asked if he could take a picture of me and send it to a friend of his that was in the modeling community. My mom said sure and that’s when I booked my first modeling jobs.
How has modeling changed your life?
It doesn’t feel like my life was changed because I have pretty much modeled my entire life.
What modelings projects have you done and what projects are still on your bucket list?
I have modeled done print model work for Khol’s, Meijer, JCPenny, KMART, Land of Nod(two page spread) and I have walked during NYFY, at Street Fashion Week NY, LAFW and several shows in California and New York.
My Bucket list projects:
Victoria Secret Fashion Show (while I am under 18, I would love to walk in the PINK portion of the VSF show)
I would like to walk in a main stream fashion shows in New York, Paris, Milan, London, Shanghai, Dubai (everywhere overseas)
I would love to shoot a project with Jamie Nelson styled by Law Roach
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part of modeling is getting my photos back and being able to look back and see how far I have come.
Whats the most important thing when you are shooting?
The most important thing is body awareness
Whats your advice for new models?
1.) Don’t expect things to happen overnight, you have to work hard and modeling is not an easy job
2.) Remember to model the clothing and not yourself
3.) If a designer gives you an outfit that you don’t love without being too revealing for your age…do not say, I can’t wear this or I don’t want to wear this. Because this is not your fashion show, you are a walking mannequin.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers?
Favorite Models: Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum.
Favorite Designers: Mijia Zhang, Ph5, CoCo Chanel.
Now tell us about walking the runway in New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week?
LAFW 2019 was my larges show and my exciting experience. I was able to walk for the Walter Collection by Walter Mendez and Ryan Patros. Everyone was really nice and I was the youngest model that walked the runway for the show. I was able to pull off wearing this beautiful blue gown with a long train, I was really nervous. I was in hair and makeup and before I could leave they had to do a model check. At this show the model check was, making sure I didn’t have any fly away’s with my hair, my makeup was done correctly, and my nails were done. It was kind of nice to have everything done so effortlessly by the LAFW team.
NYFW 2018 was my first experience with running around from casting to casting while being in a new city for the first time. I learned how to catch the metro from uptown to downtown. The shows in New York during fashion week were really busy and I walked with men and women. I walked for Santu Bokolom during the FIND YOUR ID NYC NYFW show. The was the first show I walked in that was broadcast live overseas (India).
How was working with ANTM contestants Rio Summers and the Green Twins?
Working with Rio was a lot of fun. She opened up to me about the different types of modeling from runway, print, editorial and commercial. She helped me understand that not all models are runway models, not all print models are editorial models and not all editorial models are commercial models. She told me to understand what type of model I would like to be vs what type of model people will slate you to be. Rio also told me a few tips and pointers about knowing when to do certain tricks in your walk at a casting. She even showed me how to find a few castings on my own. I really enjoyed working with Rio, I hoped she would introduce me to Tyra, but I knew that would not happen. I just hoped Tyra looked at her page and saw some of my pictures…lol
Working with the Green Twins was fun also. They taught me “how to quick change”. They have quick change down to a science and they taught me how to focus at all times when you are behind the scenes.
Biggest beauty inspiration and why?
James Charles because he makes such beautiful makeup looks.
Law Roach because he has styled Zendaya in so many beautiful pieces.
How would you explain you fashion style?
Fun with no limits. If I want to wear a Spongebob shirt with some cute jeans….I wear it. Its about what makes you feel good.
How would your best friend describe you?
Fun, gives great advice and a great wing woman
What is your own definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is doing what you love and not caring what others think.
How is a normal day in your life?
I get up eat breakfast, go the gym, do my school work, talk to my friends, clean up and help mu mom cook.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Wake up early to clean my room, go to the beach, BBQ and movie night.
If you can meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Zendaya because she is like my childhood Beyonce.
What is your favorite healthy food?
What is your favorite cheat food?
Best Advice ever given?
You don’t know everything.
Do you support any charity?
I currently support The Chicago Food Depository and I would like to support ASPCA in the future. Once I turn 14 I am able to volunteer time for ASPCA.
Whats next for Jordan Leftwich in 2019?
I plan on walking for NYFW, LAFW, MFW, Walk Overseas in fashion shows, Shoot campaigns and travel.
Favorite song and why?
Run the world by Beyonce because it’s about female empowerment and I love dancing to this song.
What music do you like?
I like the pop, 2000’s R&B
What do you think of social media?
I think it’s a great way to be seen and meet new people but you have to be careful. Also you have to be careful with what you post, you never know who’s in your audience.
Where can we follow you?
IG: Jordan Leftwich
Twitter: Jordan Leftwich2
Quote: Nothing beats a failure but a try
Favorite singer/Artist: Beyonce Knowles Carter
Favorite Movie: Alice in Wonderland (the original)
Travel Destination: Atlantis-Bahamas
Sports Team: Chicago White Sox Baseball Team
TV Show: Andy Mack