Mode Around the Globe: Kendra Bailey
Photographed by Susan Berry
Where is your favorite place you have ever traveled to?
I haven’t visited all the places on my wish list yet, but I have fallen in love with the architecture and beauty of Europe. London in the summer is especially beautiful and I was fortunate to visit many locations there. I have made some great friendships and feel I resonate well there.
City getaway or tropical beach getaway?
Both! Love the pace and energy of a city but also love the quiet serene feel of a beachy getaway.
Do you have any exciting upcoming projects that you can share with our readers?
I do have a few things I’m currently working on. I can never make up my mind on a singular thing to do so I do them all. But one thing I’ll share is that I’m currently working on my acting career. I recently did a bit of studying at LAMDA and studied Meisner as well. I’m super thrilled to get back to something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child.
What was the highlight of your time in Tulum with Modeliste? Any fun stories you would like to share?
The cenotes were absolutely stunning! The water had cute little fish that were strangely calm when near you. The resort we stayed at was very relaxing. Waking up to the sound of ocean waves and palm trees swaying is always a peaceful experience. Also the girls were all so kind and lovely to be around.
How do you balance your work life and your personal life?
I’m a planner and I think it’s important to have balance. I give 100% of my attention to the tasks I have and the same goes for my time at home. Being present with family and friends helps me to recharge so I can give my all during my work tasks without burning out. I want to give everything I love my focus and attention.
Any current trends you will NEVER partake in? If so, which trends?
No, I don’t think I’d ever limit what I would and wouldn’t try.
What is your favorite makeup trend right now?
A dewy skin/foundation is always beautiful. I prefer the light makeup looks on myself personally but on others I’d say I like seeing when people do time period makeup. It’s always so cool to see a modern twist on past trends.
Have you always wanted to be in this industry? If not, what did you think you would be doing instead?
I always wanted to model and act as a kid. My parents used to call me “Hollywood” because I wasn’t shy and would talk to anyone and was always wearing my sunglasses and hat. Today, I really appreciate what goes into making a film or pulling together a shoot- all the minds involved and how creative, yet challenging, the process is. But after all of this, I think I’ll probably just live somewhere quiet, have a garden, maybe paint, travel and enjoy life in that way.
What makes you feel confident?
What makes me feel confident is embracing/ accepting myself. I have my mother to thank for that. She did an incredible job of instilling confidence in me from a young age. If I came to her with something someone said or if I was feeling a certain way about myself, she ever so gently but effectively steered me in the right direction. But also I’d say just working with what you got and believing in what you have will get you up and past anything.
What was your highlight of 2022?
Some of the highlights have been that I’ve met a lot of great people this year and they’ve added a lot of joy to my life. I had the chance to travel to great places and started my acting journey. Being a part of and sharing space to think and be creative with some lovely actors and actresses in class was a very memorable and enjoyable experience.
Where do you want to travel next?
I like history and art museums. So I would like my next destination to be somewhere in Italy. I’ve been researching a lot about the country and I’ve started to take some Italian lessons as well. So I’d say it’s definitely Italy.
What would you like to say to your fans/followers?
I want to say thank you for following along with me through my journey and different phases of life. There’s been so many crazy and beautiful moments and I appreciate your support and belief in the things I do. I’m excited to continue to grow and share more with you.