Interview with Fashion Model / Jordan Lillian | Edition VIII

What does the word fashion mean to you?

Fashion is an expression of self and as people change, so does fashion. Coco Chanel said it best. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

How do you describe yourself to people?

I’m a dreamer, lover, and fighter. I’m a daughter, sister, aunt, & niece. I’m Jordan Lillian & you’ve never met anyone like me. I can guarantee that.

What is the motivation behind your Modeling career?

Oddly enough, people that doubt me motivate the hell out of me. I am a very competitive person. If you tell me I WON’T cut my hair, you might as well call me Amber Rose for the next few months because I will cut it ALL off just to prove you wrong.

When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion Model?

When I had my first modeling gig. As soon as I left hair and makeup I was a new person. I loved it.

What was Your first big Modeling gig and how did you react?

I was 11 years old and a friend of the family (Michael Stubblefield) needed a model for a shoot he was doing in New York. My uncle suggested me and that week my grandmother and I were on a plane to NY. We stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria and I felt like a queen. That ad appeared in Sportswear International – North America and as soon as I saw my face in that magazine I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?

Because I started so young, I was forced by my parents to take a break and focus on school. I got to college and decided it wasn’t for me and I needed to go back to doing what I loved so I started booking shoots. My first shoot was with Doug Yazzie of Eye Behold Photography for my America’s Next Top Model submission.

What is your favorite part about Modeling?

My favorite part about modeling is being able to become a different person. It’s the most amazing feeling ever. I believe that models and actors are the only people that get to experience that.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?

I feel like what I’m doing is very important because I have put myself in a place where I can be a role model to someone else. There is a little girl somewhere in the world who will learn something from me. It could be something as big as learning to feel beautiful to something as small as learning how to walk in heels.

As a female model your concepts are very unique and original is there a pressure to always maintain that consistency in your photo shoots?

I believe that to be successful in this industry it’s important that you’re constantly thinking outside of the box. At every shoot I think what can I do that is different yet BETTER than what I just did. Not everything has necessarily been done before.

How do you separate yourself from others?

I’m different because this is my passion. I’ve met a lot of people on my journey that are modeling because someone suggested it and they want to pay their way through college. I’m modeling because I want to walk in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week & be on the cover of national and INTERNATIONAL magazines. I QUIT school for this and even though I’m not yet where I would like to be, it’s all I’ve ever wanted.

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals and other talents you have in mind? Can we look out for an upcoming jLillian Billboard or TV show etc..

A tv show would be a stretch. I’m too tall for tv. I think that I was created to be seen in person so you could definitely see me on runways. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week would be the most amazing thing to ever happen to me right now. I would love to make steps next to and beyond those that Iman and Grace Jones have already made. I look at their work as a map for models like myself, Chanel, Sessilee, Jourdan, etc. We have amazing mentors & we should learn from their success.