After seeing her photos from our alpine chic-themed photo shoot, it’s not surprising to learn that model Jena is just as radiant and upbeat in real life as she is on camera. Read on to learn about this compassionate, creative, and flat-out-fun new face!
How do you express your creativity?
I’m a singer, but lately I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen with vegan recipes. I didn’t learn how to cook or bake until I went vegan six years ago (best decision of my life), but now that I’ve mastered the rules of the oven and the laws of the stove, I think it’s time to break ’em!
I made an apple galette with a cashew-cheddar crust the other day, and ate the whole thing in one sitting. The “thing of the moment” is to take pictures of food you’ve just made, but I’m still in the “devour it immediately”-pre-Instagram phase.
Describe your sense of style.
“Flashdance at Tiffany’s.”
When the weather turns chilly, what’s your go-to outfit?
Boots, a faux-wool knit hat, jeans I probably stole from my sister, and one of my typical-San Franciscan plaid shirts. I don’t wear any animal products — fortunately, ModCloth and other companies sell lots of coats made from wool and down alternatives. And I like my coats long. Nothing like a short skirt and a looooong jacket.
What inspired you when you were little? What inspires you now?
I’ve always been inspired by people who use their gifts and talents in a powerful, authentic way and actually cause shifts in the world with them.
As a little girl, I worshiped old movie actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, who portrayed female characters as quirky and sexy and smart and imperfect, all while keeping their gorgeous clothes on and commanding total attention.
Currently, I’m loving the music of Nina Simone, who used her voice to express so much as both an activist and a woman.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever given or received?
“Go vegan!” I have both received and, later, given this advice, and it’s one of the easiest ways to do something big for yourself, animals, and the earth. As someone who loves fashion, I found it really satisfying to start making ethical choices for my wardrobe, too. I just got an earth-friendly faux-leather purse from ModCloth that is getting me a lot of lady attention.
Any unexpected talents?
I can whistle anything from most Eric Clapton guitar solos to random classical overtures. (I do it while walking in public sometimes, which probably sounds psychotic.) I can also veganize any dish: croissants, cheddar biscuits, condensed milk… Hit me.