My Style: Jaycina Almond, model and poet

"I’m not a girly girl, but I’m not a total tomboy either, so by mixing pieces you normally wouldn’t put together, I get to represent my true self.”

Jaycina Almond
“The hoodie is from Danielle Guizio NYC, and the skirt is from Realisation Par. I love mixing casual with more dressy and masculine with feminine because I feel like I’ve always fallen right in the middle. I’m not a girly girl, but I’m not a total tomboy either, so by mixing pieces you normally wouldn’t put together, I get to represent my true self.”

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Becoming a mother fueled Jaycina Almond’s career. The 23-year-old became a full-time model only after her daughter, Syx, was born in 2017. It was a decision of necessity: As a primary caregiver, she needed a flexible career. She quickly garnered campaigns for the likes of BeautyCounter, Dôen, and Target. Somehow, she found the time to publish a book of poetry, In No Particular Order (Amazon, $9.99), which outlines her journey into motherhood. Next up, Jaycina—who has a soft spot for vintage and 40,000 followers on Instagram—is launching a subscription box for expectant mothers called Tender, which delivers a selection of items handmade by other working moms and gives 10 percent of its profits to local mothers in need.

Hometown
Lexington, Kentucky

Neighborhood
Old Fourth Ward. My daughter and I just moved here from Reynoldstown. We love the splash pad.

Skin care secret
I do a facial steam every week with a cheap steamer from Amazon, followed by the Aztec Secret healing clay mask, which I mix with apple-cider vinegar.

Favorite accessory
I have a gold ring that spells out my name—surprisingly, I got it made at Zales!

Go-to kid-friendly spot
Indoor playground Hippohopp is a lifesaver.

On my playlist
“Khlorine” by Smino, all of Wet’s new album, and “Loving is Easy” by Rex Orange County.

Workout class
Jen at Solstice Yoga + Barre has a BYOBaby class I love.

Jaycina Almond

Photograph by Ben Rollins

How I unwind
I light some sage or my favorite No. 61 candle from Candlefish and read a book.

On my nightstand
Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through The Science and Culture of Pregnancy

Can’t leave home without
Peppermint chapstick from the local Mama Bath + Body

Where I go for inspiration
Any bookstore. Posman Books always has a fresh selection. Book Nook in Decatur is also pretty cool.

Favorite vintage shop
Paris on Ponce. They always have super-cute furniture.

Can’t miss
The farmers market! Freedom Park is closest, but I also like Grant Park’s.

This article appears in our October 2018 issue.

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