Model of the Issue 4
Born in Toronto, Canada
Jessica Lewis is an international model from Toronto who has worked in Paris, Milan and London. Over the past 13 years she's shot with the likes of Orlando Pita and Pat McGrath, Wayne Meiser, to name a few.
When not working, Jessica can be found riding her bike, reading in parks and learning how to prepare raw meals.
How and when did you know you wanted to become a model?
I didn’t even know such an industry existed! I was scouted off the street and the rest is history.
Where were you discovered?
In a shopping mall with a half grown out perm and big baggy sweatpants. The scout obviously had a great eye for potential. Haha.
What do you like most about being a model?
The travel. But also working with such creative, inspiring people. Being in this industry has really helped me to realize my own creativity.
What has been the greatest experience you have had so far?
Great experiences happen all the time with my job! Location shoots are always amazing. Shooting on coffee plantations in Brazil, or going to the Canary Islands with all those dormant volcanoes...I’m big on nature so these stand out for me.
What is your fashion dream?
I don't dream in fashion. That’s my down time.
What was your favorite city you traveled to work to?
I can’t pick just one. I would have to say it's between London and Tokyo. Both cities have GREAT parks to hang out in and are relatively clean for being such huge cities.
Who is your fashion icon?
Well, I wouldn’t say she’s an icon, but I do admire Daria. She stands out as a pretty awesome girl to me. She takes care of herself, is comfortable in her own skin, and has managed to hold onto those qualities during this crazy ride through fashion. No small feat.
What are your goals in the next 5 years as a model?
I don’t like to look too far ahead, especially in fashion. I think there’s a certain amount of spontaneity that makes fashion what it is. It’s important that you’re able to roll with the punches and evolve yourself as you go along.
What are your secrets for a fit and healthy body?
Drink tons of water and eat clean for the most part. You are what you eat!
What is your favorite part of your body?
Haha, funny you ask. I was out running some steps the other day and caught a glimpse of my calves and was like damn! So currently I’m quite proud of them.
What makes you feel sexy?
I actually feel my sexiest first thing in the morning.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
I didn’t have any expectations for it, I didn’t even know about it!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love mountain bike, I do yoga and I love just hanging out on the grass in the park with my friends or a good book.
What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
What’s in my purse! In my opinion, a very revealing question, so thanks for not asking it!
Agency Ford Models, Toronto.