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The model shares her backstage beauty secrets (and sunny West Coast outlook).
- Styled By
- WILLIAM GRAPER
- Nails By
- ASHLIE JOHNSON
- Hair By
- JOHN RUGGIERO
- Makeup By
- MAI QUYNH
- Photography By
- GUY AROCH
- Written By
- LAURA ANTONIA JORDAN
Kenya Kinski-Jones’ LA lineage might be starry—dad is music producer Quincy Jones, mom is actress Nastassja Kinski, and Rashida Jones is her half-sister—but the model du jour has her feet firmly on the ground. A self-professed bookworm and an animal activist who graduated from Loyola Marymount with a degree in English last December, the 23-year-old is more likely to be found mucking out her horse’s stall in Topanga than club-hopping in West Hollywood. Kinski-Jones made her editorial debut in a Bruce Weber shoot for Vogue España in 2011, and recently landed coveted campaigns for Stella McCartney and Calvin Klein. Yet she handles the attention like a true Californian. “I’m taking it day by day,” she smiles.
A conversation with model Kenya Kinski-Jones.
VIOLET GREY: Current neighborhood?
KENYA KINSKI-JONES: Century City with my boyfriend [actor Will Peltz].
VG: What’s your LA fitness regimen?
KKJ: I love hiking with my sisters. And I just started doing Pilates at Pilates Platinum, which my sister Sonja Kinski introduced me to. After my first class I couldn’t move for two days.
VG: Top beauty tip picked up on set?
KKJ: Putting lip balm on the eyes to get that dewy, fresh look.
VG: Earliest LA memory?
KKJ: Driving on the PCH to Malibu with my mom, my brother, and my sister and listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
VG: What’s your LA hidden gem?
KKJ: I’m such a bookworm. There’s a place downtown called The Last Bookstore. It’s really cool, really whimsical.
VG: What’s the last thing you do at night?
KKJ: Honestly, probably watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix—I can’t fall asleep in silence.
VG: Beauty signature?
KKJ: A rosy lip, a little bit of mascara, and good brows (I go to Anastasia for mine). I love the way French girls do their makeup, super minimal and natural.
VG: What makes you feel powerful?
KKJ: My mind.
VG: Who’s your dream lunch date and where would you go?
KKJ: Carl Sagan, and we’d go to a cat café in Tokyo.
VG: Who’s your LA style icon?
KKJ: Skater boys with sun-kissed hair from the 1970s.
VG: First thing that comes to mind when you think of Hollywood?
KKJ: Illusion. Is that bad?
THE LAVENDER SMOKEY EYE
Makeup artist Mai Quynh paints Kinski-Jones with a Bianca Jagger–inspired purple eye.