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Mode Around the Globe: Jennifer Lee




Hilton Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen

Photographed by JANA SCHUESSLER @janaschuessler

How did you begin your career? 
I first started off my career in the entertainment industry when I competed in Miss Junior Korea in high school then won the first place title in Miss Korea when I was 19! That was the first step that directed me into modeling.

How do you hope to inspire people through your social media platform? What can your followers expect to see when visiting your social media page(s)? 
From my platform I hope to inspire other models and other Asian Amercians to follow their dreams and do what they believe in! I strongly believe in the idea that you can do whatever you set your mind to and that if you hustle and grind you will create opportunities for yourself. When I was younger I was too shy to admit that I wanted to be a model, and once I finally owned it, I was able to dive head first into it! I will say it was not easy in the beginning, a lot of no’s and rejection when it came to castings and booking jobs. However the more you network, test shoot to grow your portfolio, practice your skill, and just put your energy out into the universe, it’ll attract what you really want.

What do you predict will be the biggest fashion trends this season?
I think big oversized leather aviator jackets! I think brown will be a big color too.

What did you love most about your getaway to Playa del Carmen with Modeliste?

Honestly I really loved meeting the girls! We’re all so different but still in the same space. I love being around other hard working like minded individuals because we can grow from each other! All the girls were all so sweet and I can’t wait for our reunion!

What was your favorite aspect of the Hilton in Playa del Carmen?
The service and staff at the Hilton in Playa del Carmen was impeccable! Literally whatever you needed it would just appear, they were that good! I also loved how it was right in the center of town but still oceanfront! Prime location.

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? If so, where?
Yes! This winter I’ll be in Europe and Hawaii! Also lots of snow trips to master snowboarding!!! Maybe even try skiing!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m an introverted extrovert! I love being social and going out etc, However I also definitely need my ‘Jenn time,’ aka alone time to charge my social battery.

What’s your go-to airport look? Essentials to pack in a carry on?
A comfy cute yoga set, but always have a hoodie and sweatpants to layer over because I get SO cold on planes! Essentials in my carry on are: contact case/glasses, airpods, FuelRod swappable charger, portable tripod, portable light, and lots of snacks (! tend to get hangry hehe).

Girls night in or Girls night out?
Both! Depends on my mood!

What’s a typical work week like for you? Any advice you have for staying productive throughout the week?
A typical work week consists of being on set for modeling jobs (which I might have to travel for), shooting brand deals and content with my go-to photographer, nonstop emails, self tape auditions, and constant editing and posting. To stay productive throughout the week I always write out my schedule but also leave lots of cushion for free time between appointments so I don’t feel overwhelmed and stressed.

What’s your current skincare routine? Any products you’d recommend for our Modeliste readers?

I always start with the DermaE Vitamin C serum to gua sha my face with! Then I iceroll my face. I have dry skin so I lock it all in with good intensive face cream!

What’s something your followers would be surprised to know about you?
I actually really love junk food (extra hot hot cheetos are my FAV) but also love to cook!

Where do you gain inspiration for content? Any tips & tricks you’d like to share for those inspiring to have a career like your own?
I usually get inspired when I see really cool locations and think about all the outfits I can shoot there!
Tips and tricks: Stay consistent! Honestly consistently posting and being “on brand” with your brand is key!

What makes you different from other content creators?
I think understanding the market on both ends of being a model, and also as an influencer makes me different. I also used to work in marketing back when I had an office job a million years ago, so I can see what brands want from all different angles!

What would you like to say to your fans/followers?
Thank you guys for all your support and love you!!! Stay safe out there!

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