Although rare to find, Jordan Rebello is proof that real and natural beauty – inside AND out – is still a thing. A free spirit born to a Portuguese father and Native American mother, Jordan bounced around from Martha’s Vineyard to Boston to New York, and ultimately landed in Los Angeles – where she co-owns a vintage shop called Trouble in Paradise LA.
This down-to-earth babe redefines what it means to be a model, a mom, and a woman in today’s world. We love her au naturel beauty standards (that hair gives us life) and entrepreneurial spirit.
Find out what this wild child has to say about vintage shopping and owning your career!
1. What was your first big modeling experience like?
I was shooting for American Apparel in 2015, which was the first time I really realized I was a model. It’s weird; I still don’t feel like one. That was the first time I was like, “Oh my God…I can’t leave and go to Trader Joe’s down the street without seeing five billboards within a 2-mile radius of our home.” I was kind of shy about it too, because I’m a mom. I went to my daughter’s library class and other parents were like, “Oh, I’ve seen your face on that billboard! In your underwear!” I felt a little funny, but then I was like, “This is how I am going to raise my daughter – open minded – and knowing that her mom is an independent woman, working for herself.”
2. Have you always been into the natural look?
I have three brothers, so I was never raised to be super girly. I was a tomboy from the beginning. I loved riding bikes and getting dirty. Now, I am into keeping my skin clear and dewy. I’m still into the ‘less is more’ thing, and making sure my face is fully clean when I go to sleep. I think the biggest thing is not being too much. I really love coconut oil, so I make sure I put it in my hair, and on my skin for a fresh, clear face.
3. Where do you find cool vintage clothing?
There are a couple of warehouses in LA where I dig through bins and bins and bins of clothes. They have gross things in them but I love finding stuff! I love that you can do that in LA; I mean you can [dig through bins] in any city, but in L.A. you can find really awesome things, like a Michael Jackson T-shirt. It’s the only city where you can really do that.
4. Since you’re an expert in all things vintage, do you have any thrifting tips?
It’s cool to go in without an idea, but you might get lost, get sick of it and leave. So, I think it’s good to have some sort of knowledge of what you’re looking for. If you’re trying to dig through a bunch of things, it’s good to focus on material. If you like silks, then you might gravitate to satin or anything sheer. If you like prints, then you’ll gravitate toward material with prints.
There are always the name brands that people gravitate toward too. There are a lot of brands that aren’t cool now, but were super cool back in the ’80s, like Esprit and Ann Taylor. For denim jeans, look for selvedge denim jeans. This means you’re looking for jeans made in America or Japan, not China. Made in America is huge! For jeans from the ‘80s and ‘90s to say “Made in America”is pretty rad! Anything handmade is rare, because someone took the time to make it and there is only one of them out there!