Jay Wright lives on a feeling – for her, the energy of a person means more than the accolades they’ve attained. As a self-described empath, she finds joy in connecting on an “energetic level with a ‘stranger’”, and credits having an open mind with her successful modelling career to date. “My friend from college told me about an open call,” she explained. “It happened to be right when I got off of work and was right around the corner. [I] went in with an open mind came out with a phone call … asking me to come back. Two months later I walked Marc Jacobs.” Though if you ask us, those ethereal vibes, hazel eyes and delicate smattering of freckles can’t have hurt either. On a sun-dappled rooftop near London’s Regent’s Canal we talked nicknames, natural beauty and pre-tech childhoods with this Iowa-native and our Face of June: Jay Wright.
“[My idols are] people with pure intentions who act accordingly. People who appreciate the small things. People who move towards overall growth and don’t take everything personally.”
A left-handed Capricorn (“parts of it [ring true], but honestly, they could relate to anyone”), this all-American girl was born in Iowa City, Iowa, with a childhood brimming with outdoor activities – tree climbing, worm digging and biking. “I am so thankful my childhood came before technology took over,” she muses. An artist from an early age, Wright’s creativity manifests itself in her paintings – vivid pinks, blue and yellows swirled together across a canvas, a bright sun with rays that stretch right to the curled edges of a sketch book – and stories of magic and higher power. “I don’t always read since I usually make art if I have free time but I love magical stories such as The Lord of The Rings, mysteries and self-help spiritual books.”
“[What I enjoy most about modelling is] being pushed outside of my comfort zone which leads to immense personal growth. As well as travelling and being able to experience different cultures / ways of living.”
After walking her first show for Marc Jacobs’s SS 16 collection, Wright soon found herself on the runways of Gucci, Balenciaga and Christian Dior. A natural beauty, she’s played muse for such greats as Steven Meisel and Ryan McGinley, and is a staunch believer in keeping her skincare regimen as pure as she can (“I keep my beauty routine all-natural with the oil cleansing method and various essential oils”) and dresses the way she feels: “my go-to outfit depends on my mood”. What makes her happy? “Animals. Watching people act without knowledge of me being there. A good meal. A sign of thought and care from another.” Her personal mantra is simple, “trust your intuition … You never know what will happen or who you will meet today”. And as for the future? “You’ll have to stay posted and see,” she says with a wink. Girl in the world, Wright’s going nowhere but up. And if you’re looking for a sign, this is it.
“I get inspired by feelings,
nature, passion, a void.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Amie Milne
FASHION Anna Foster
MODEL Jay Wright @ The Squad Management
HAIR Kerri Ewart
MAKEUP Victoria Martin @ Hart & Co using Rationale
LIGHTING ASSISTANT Scott Hobson-Jones
VIDEO CAMERA OPERATOR Daryl Chase
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Hannah Busby