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LA Calling

The model shares her backstage beauty secrets (and sunny West Coast outlook).
 

Photography By GUY AROCH

Written By LAURA ANTONIA JORDAN

Makeup By MAI QUYNH

Hair By JOHN RUGGIERO

Nails By ASHLIE JOHNSON

Styled By WILLIAM GRAPER

The Lavender Smoky Eye
BEAUTY CREDITS

 

FASHION CREDITS
  • (left AND BELOW)
  • model's own top and shorts
  • VINTAGE SUNGLASSES
  • (RIGHT)
  • GUCCI SUIT COURTESY OF ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY
  • STEPHEN WEBSTER RING
  • VINTAGE SUNGLASSES

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.

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INQUIRES

A conversation with model Kenya Kinski-Jones.

Social situation?

Current neighborhood?

Century City with my boyfriend [actor Will Peltz].

What’s your LA fitness regimen?

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.

Top beauty tip picked up on set?

Putting lip balm on the eyes to get that dewy, fresh look.

Earliest LA memory?

Driving on the PCH to Malibu with my mom, my brother, and my sister and listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What’s your LA hidden gem?

I’m such a bookworm. There’s a place downtown called The Last Bookstore. It’s really cool, really whimsical.

What’s the last thing you do at night?

Honestly, probably watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix—I can’t fall asleep in silence.

Beauty signature?

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.

What makes you feel powerful?

My mind.

Who’s your dream lunch date and where would you go?

Carl Sagan, and we’d go to a cat café in Tokyo.

Who’s your LA style icon?

Skater boys with sun-kissed hair from the 1970s.

First thing that comes to mind when you think of Hollywood?

Illusion. Is that bad?

the lavender
smoky eye

Makeup artist Mai Quynh paints Kinski-Jones with a Bianca Jagger–inspired purple eye.

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modern mod

Mai Quynh demos another edgy eye look, as seen on stylist and model Ayako Comte.