Model Behavior: California Girls

California Girls are unforgettable! For that very reason, we wanted to get to know model Jayne Moore even, well, more. You’ll notice her gracing the pages of our American Icons book, posed along the rocky shores of Cali beach Little Corona del Mar in some of the season’s most-covetable swimwear. Read on to learn about this British beauty’s day on set, her first foray in front of the camera and inspiring thoughts on what being an American Icon really means.

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A little town called Fleet, in Hampshire, rural England.

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I was discovered at 16, working a weekend job in a hair salon would you believe! I was a bit of an ugly duckling, really, tall and all skinny awkward limbs, hair to my waist, hamster cheeks, bangs and braces. But thankfully, the creatives of the fashion industry saw past all of that and found potential someway, somehow!

 

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My first-ever shoot was a 60s-inspired editorial for Missoni. My hair had been highlighted and given a choppy, layered cut, and for the shoot, they gave me a rocking smokey eye, tousled bed hair and a nude lip… very Bridgette Bardot. I’ll never forget that feeling when the pictures came out! Who was that girl?! It was the first time I had ever seen clothes like that, too. I was mesmerized by it all.

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Oh gosh, to pick just one, that’s really tough! There have been so many that have not only impacted the US but greatly influenced and inspired the world over, be it creating or symbolizing groundbreaking movements, such as Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. or JFK, or those stand out in music, movie or sports, like Sinatra, James Dean, Michael Jordan; you guys know how to produce them! But I think what has always struck me most about America is this sense of possibility and encouragement. As a culture, you do not cap or limit people with set expectations, but seek out and see potential in someone striving for/ believing in something, supporting and celebrating those who come from little means, or obscurity, and making it with raw talent, strength and determination. It’s that attitude of anything being possible that is so American and admirable, and just so exciting to be a part of.

 

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The locals! They were awesome. They all had this relaxed, happy energy. Then at lunch, a resident strolled past and asked to sing for us! That was a first and a memorable one, for sure! Bless him, did he put on a show… and we rewarded him with a piece of carrot cake! Fair trade.

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Something long, light and floaty; vintage sunglasses; and underwater housing for my camera!

 

Featured above in order of appearance: Jessica Simpson ruffled halter and matching side hipster; MICHAEL Michael Kors shirred bandini and bikini bottom; Hobie scenic print hanky top and matching side tie hipster; Lauren Ralph Lauren crocheted bandeau one-piece.

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