When I reach Jordyn Woods, she’s in Montreal getting ready to shoot the new campaign for NOLA, Addition Elle’s activewear line. It’s the 18-year-old model’s first time in the city – she didn’t attend her BFF’s buzzy birthday there last summer. It’s hard not to mention Kylie Jenner when talking about Woods – the two are together more than they’re not on social media – but that’s not to say Woods doesn’t hold her own. Here, she tells us her business goals, the one reason she’ll wear makeup to the gym and why ab workouts are a must. Follow ELLE Canada on Instagram for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Woods’ day shooting the campaign.
I saw on your Snapchat that you were reading Contagious: Why Things Catch On on the plane.
I was at the airport and I saw it, and it caught my eye for some reason. Something told me to get the book. [Laughs] I started reading it on the plane. It’s such an amazing book, it teaches you why things catch on, why things go viral and what aspects of things you need to include for your idea, or product, or anything to be contagious.
So are you interested in the business side of things?
Yeah. I’ve always been very business-oriented, ever since I was, like, eight years old and I opened my first bank account. I went and I sat down with the banker. And my mom’s friend, she ran estate sales and I would always help and be the cashier.
You recently walked your first runway show. Did you do anything special to prepare?
I kind of don’t like to prepare too much for anything in advance. I really just looked at myself in the mirror, walked around a couple times, and then I was like, ‘You know what? I got this.’
What’s the most extreme thing you’ve done for beauty?
I tried a juice cleanse about two weeks ago. That’s not too crazy, but it was an interesting feeling. Like, you go through the emotions of not eating, and I felt really good after, but just getting through it…[Laughs] It was only one day. That’s not drastic at all; I know people do it for months. But for my first time, I was like ‘Wow, this is interesting.’ [Laughs] I don’t really do anything too crazy for beauty. I try to take a shot of apple cider vinegar a day.
Just straight up or do you mix it with something?
I mix it with water just because it’s too acidic normally. It just doesn’t taste too nice. [Laughs]
What is your usual workout routine like?
I try to do at least 20 to 30 minutes of cardio, starting to warm up and get your heart rate going. And then it’s good to always do abs. So every time you work out, do 30 minutes of cardio, always do abs, and then each day you can focus on a different part of your body. So one day you can focus on weight lifting for your arms and shoulders, one day for your back and one day for your legs.
Woods in the NOLA No Sweat Tee ($42) and the Blissed Out Yoga Pant ($58, available in July).
So you don’t do any workout classes?
I love SoulCycle, actually. I used to do it a lot more often, and it’s such a good way to work out because you sweat – you’re bicycling the whole time. They always play good music, and just have a really good vibe.
What are your go-to workout tracks?
Apple Music has all these different playlists so sometimes I’ll just click the workout playlist and it will play songs like ‘Panda’ and just like hyped songs where you have to just go hard.
Do you have a turn-up song? Like you hear this one song and you’re ready to go.
Recently it’s been ‘One Dance’ by Drake. But the whole world is listening to it right now, so I kind of just stopped listening to it as much as I did. But when it first came out, that was my go-to song.
What do you normally wear when you’re working out?
I like wearing something breathable, not something too tight. I like wearing leggings and a good old running shoe – something supportive. And just like a sports bra and t-shirt on top, I don’t like wearing anything too tight just because I want to feel like I can run around and not have to worry about what I look or what’s going on.
Are you for or against wearing makeup when you work out?
I’m against wearing makeup when I work out because I feel like your pores are open and you’re sweating and it’s going to come off anyways. And then all the makeup is creating dirt on your face and it’s going into your skin. I’m very against that – unless you’re doing like a gym photo shoot, which a lot of people [do], go to the gym just to take photos. But I’m against wearing makeup for doing anything active, unless it’s being filmed. Everyone has their personal preference, but I like to take care of my skin.
Do you do any special treatments for your skin?
I actually love skincare. Hopefully one day I will have my own skincare line. I just always try to make sure I take off all my makeup before I go to sleep, wash my face every morning and every night. I tend to have kind of dry [skin], so I don’t use too many toners, but I love like, a rosewater spray toner. Things that are light and refreshing.
What do you eat after your workout?
I really like smoothies. Like a protein shake or a fruit smoothie. Or an apple. They’re easy, ‘cause after I workout, I don’t want to eat anything too heavy.
And do you have a favourite non-healthy meal? Like fast food, anything like that?
I try to not eat too much fast food, but if I am going to go to a fast-food restaurant, it’s most likely In-N-Out back home, or Shake Shack in New York. And I love sushi.
Well I wouldn’t call sushi junk food.
Sushi’s pretty healthy – it’s just the rice. But, yeah, I wouldn’t consider sushi junk food.
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