Jordan Rebello is the beautiful face of some of our favorite brands, like Dôen and Glossier. She and her partner, John, live in Los Angeles with their four-year-old daughter, Poppy, where they spend their free time eating guacamole at the beach. Ahead, Jordan chats about having a baby at a young age, her beach beauty trick and the unexpected thing she uses to tame frizz…
Where are you from?
I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard. My father is Portuguese and my mother is Native American. Our tribe, the Wampanoag, originated on the island, so my family has been there for generations. My mom and dad were born and raised there, as well as their parents and grandparents. Everyone — my parents, my brothers, all my cousins — is still there. I miss it, but luckily we get to visit a few times a year.
Did you follow any Native American traditions growing up?
Once a year, all the Native American kids would go to the bottom of the island for Cranberry Day. We’d pick cranberries in the bogs to make bread. We’d also have pow wows, where people wore Native American garb and did drum circles. It was a way of connecting with nature our ancestors. Poppy hasn’t gone to one yet since they only do them three times a year, but she’s registered as a Native American.
When did you leave Martha’s Vineyard?
My hometown on the Vineyard was so small, so everybody knew what everyone else was doing. I was always looking out my window, wishing for adventures. When I was 21, I moved to New York with three friends. I met my husband in Brooklyn, where I was working at a restaurant, and he was a bartender across the street. We moved out to Los Angeles and unexpectedly got pregnant with our daughter. Although the pregnancy was unplanned, it was also exciting; I had always wanted to have a baby at a younger age. We decided to come back to the Vineyard to have her and spend time with my family after she was born. We moved back to L.A. when she was 11 months old.
When did you become interested in beauty?
I have three older brothers, so I wasn’t around much makeup growing up — I always wished I had an older sister! We were constantly outside building tree houses and finding turtles. My interest in beauty didn’t come until I became a mom. I never even painted my nails until my daughter wanted to. She loves princesses and always wants to wear dresses. It’s funny to raise a child who’s so different from yourself. Sometimes I worry she’ll get too caught up in it, but I’ve learned to let go. I just tell her, ‘You’re perfect the way you are.’
How did you end up becoming a model?
I’ve always loved fashion and photography, but I was more behind-the-scenes at first, selling vintage clothing as a side business. When Poppy came along I was a stay-at-home mom and a modeling agent found me on Instagram. At that time, the modeling industry was at a turning point and starting to broaden its idea of beauty. I was 26 and 5’2″, which is older and much shorter than most models, but I decided to go for it. My first job was modeling underwear for American Apparel!
Was it easy to get comfortable in front of the camera?
Growing up, I always felt nervous and awkward getting my picture taken. Then I hit 26 and had a baby, and I’m not even kidding, my confidence came. Accomplishing the feat of having a baby, and all the things that go with being a mom, made me much more sure of myself. Poppy has helped me learn to be more positive and avoid drama. Now I’m like, bring it on.
Do you wear makeup?
I got much more into it after I did a campaign for Glossier. Their stuff is great for people who aren’t super into wearing makeup, but still want to look fresh. I usually use concealer on blemishes and under my eyes, and for special occasions I’ll go for a darker lip and color on the cheekbones. I’m also a sucker for Glossier Balm Dotcom, a tinted balm that gives a glossy look to lips, cheekbones and eyelids.
What’s your skincare routine?
Most days, I’ll wash my face with only warm water and a white washcloth. It makes my skin feel clean without drying it out. On days when I wear more makeup, I use Kiehl’s facial scrub. Then I use Evan Healy rosehip facial serum and a rosewater mist to refresh and moisturize my face.
Do you have any beloved drugstore products?
Baby powder! I bring a travel-size bottle to the beach; you just sprinkle a little on your skin when you’re leaving and it gets the sand right off. My daughter hates sandy feet, and it really works.
What else do you bring to the beach?
We’re very simple when it come to packing: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, coconut water, beer, rosé, carrots, hummus, chips and guacamole!
Do you ever do beauty treatments?
I get a clear manicure and a brightly colored pedicure once a month, my eyebrows waxed every two weeks and a facial twice a year. For my wild beauty routine nights, I take myself to a Korean spa in L.A. with my girlfriends. We soak in the nude baths, steam it out and sometimes get acupressure massages. It’s a great way to unwind.
What do you love most about your look?
My curly hair. My hair feels so spiritual to me. Sometimes in castings they’re looking for a multi-racial or ethnically ambiguous model, but they’ll decide to straighten my hair. They’re often unhappy once they do it because my hair is such a key part of my look. I always go straight home after those shoots and take a shower so my hair will be curly again. It can be fun to feel like a different person, but I value my individuality more. Lately women and brands are getting really into naturally curly hair, though. I’ve talked to a lot of other models about it — it’s such a confidence booster.
Do you talk to your daughter about being multi-racial?
Yes, we embrace it for sure. Poppy is more confident than I ever was — she is already proud of her identity. She compares herself to Moana.
How do you take care of your hair?
I shampoo once a week, but I condition it every time I shower. I use a wet brush, then let it dry naturally in the California sun. I’ll keep it unbrushed for a day or two until it get’s too tangled, then I do it all over again. I used to switch shampoos all the time, but my friend introduced me to a natural brand from New Zealand called Sans [ceuticals]. Now I’m obsessed and won’t use anything else. I also use their body, hair and face oil. It smells divine. I’m more into body oils than body lotions, but I do put body lotion in my hair.
Yeah, I was at a salon once, and a hairdresser recommending massaging a nice lotion into my hair to condition it and make it easier to brush. It helps a lot with frizz, too.
Do you have any non-beauty routines that help you feel great?
I’m not that model who is going to the gym twice a day. I’m more of a hiking and camping person. If I can squeeze it in, I’ll sneak to a yoga class after dinner while my husband is putting our daughter down. I’ve also been taking a Buti class, which focuses on tribal dance, yoga and core strength.
How do you juggle the unpredictable hours of being a model and a mom?
Both my husband and I freelance, so we manage things week by week. We figure out who is working which days and who can take care of Poppy. If we’re both working, we’ll ask a friend to watch her or find a babysitter. One time our sitter didn’t show up so I had to bring her to the set. Luckily, the producers were amazingly cool and ended up using her in the shoot.
Do you have any nightly rituals?
Most nights I cuddle up with my family, a movie and some Straus ice cream. I make my own tea with almond milk, turmeric, ginger, honey and cinnamon. Even the smell instantly relaxes me.
Thank you so much, Jordan!