Our Editor in Chief discovered this dreamy-eyed new face model, Jojo, via social media and personally wanted to introduce him to our OBVIOUS tribe.
Jojo is funny and outspoken. His Instagram feed gives you insight into his life, story, and what he represents. He dreams of visiting London one day and modeling for Nike and Calvin Klein.
Q&A with Jojo
Agency, if any: None
Where were you born?: Great Lakes, IL … However, I would not say that is where I’m from. I say I’m from Baltimore, MD.
Where do you reside?: Brooklyn, New York
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Favorite things: Spending time with my friends, sleeping in, turkey wings, my camera, and the beach.
What music are you listening to at the moment?: Beam Me Up Scotty, The Off-Season by Cole, Art Dealer Chic 4 by Miguel, Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan.
What has 2020 taught you about yourself? To appreciate my body in every form that it comes in. As someone who struggles with body dysmorphia and with the gym being closed during quarantine, I worked on feeling comfortable even when I do not look “fit.”
I’m still working on this, but it’s getting better, and it’s vital for me and anyone else working through the same thing to be kind to themselves.
Three things the pandemic forced you to change?
- What I need from friendships.
- My idea of what “fun” is.
- My outlook on the future.
Favorite movie and tv show: Dreamgirls, Insecure.
Favorite designer, fragrance, or beauty/grooming products?
- Fragrance: Bleu de Chanel
- Grooming products: Paula’s Choice 2 % BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, under-eye patches, GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Mask, and Fenty Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? Photography, I love being on the other side of the camera just as much.
What’s something uncool that you love anyway? Sock with my sandals or slides.
What’s the best thing about your hometown/country? Crabs!
Place you would love to visit: London
Which brand would you love to model? Nike and Calvin Klein, specifically the billboard on Houston St. (in New York City).
Favorite modeling experience thus far? Working with OBVIOUS Magazine.
What are some of your challenges as a model? I have a lot of tattoos, I love them, but it makes it a bit more difficult.
Your favorite feature on your body? My skin, I love the tone so much.
Currently, you’re obsessed with or about? NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts.
Three words that best describe you as a person?
- A real ass Bitch
Any shoutouts? My two best friends, Timothy (@itstimhell) and Xavier (@hoodopulence). They’ve helped make my move to New York a bit easier. We also, together, have a really exciting project coming this summer!
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