mBLOG In the modeling world, you have to keep your body in shape but your skin is extremely important as well. What do you do to keep your skin camera ready?
JM“I’m pretty big on skin care. I try to go as natural and organic as I possibly can and stay away from very potent chemical products. I believe that less is more for the skin, so I wash my face with really gentle cleansers or with oils. I know it sounds counter intuitive to put oil on your skin, but your skin needs oil and if you’re stripping it with harsh soaps and acne creams, your skin will actually produce more oil. I usually go with organic Argan oil.”
mBLOG What’s one beauty secret you’ve learned over the years from being a model?
JM“I hate to be cliché, but water is truly a game changer. I have two water bottles poking out of my bag right now—they’re heavy and annoying to carry. But if you are hydrated, it will show on your skin.”
mBLOG Would you say that diet and clear skin go hand-in-hand?
JM“Absolutely. And unfortunately, I think diet is everything. What you put into your body shows, and water is a big one. I love my coffee and red wine, but too much of it and you can almost immediately see it on my skin. I try to limit my coffee intake to two cups a day, and if I’m out drinking wine, I try to counteract it by drinking a ton of water. I’ve also cut out gluten, mostly for my inner body and inflammation, and I don’t eat processed foods like chips or anything overly salty, trust me, it will show on your skin.”
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mBLOG Are protein shakes or smoothies a part of your diet?
JM“No, I don’t feel the need to take additional protein or anything like that. However, I am big on supplements and herbs. I take things like Vitamin D, turmeric and flaxseed oil, which are also really great for your skin.”
mBLOG What would you say is the most important thing to keep your skin glowing?
JM“The secret is… I’m going to say something cliché, but I mean it, and it’s joy. If you don’t have a sense of play and animation, what’s the point? I know I have a sense of buoyancy about me and it shows, both in my skin and my personality. Whereas, I think if you’re someone who’s too militant or too hard on yourself, maybe even pushing yourself too hard beyond your boundaries, it shows. You lose your spark. You lose the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that keeps you sparkling.”
mBLOG So we know that you studied at the School of Visual Arts and hear that you’re a jewelry designer. What inspired the name of your line, Thorn of an English Rose?
JM“It’s a funny one actually. When I moved to the states, my agency dubbed me as the quintessential English rose, and I ran with it. I had a South African artist friend, who loved to chitchat as much as I did, and we’d always go back and forth—we were brutal to each other. One day he made a comment and I immediately came back at him and he asked ‘do you never not have an answer?’ and then he goes, ‘even an English rose has its thorn.’ And I liked that, and the name stuck since.”