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How do you juggle your hectic career with being a single mother?
Sometimes it's tough, but I'm so lucky and blessed to have a great support system. My mom is amazing and so is my agency—they understand that, before I'm a model, I'm a mother. I've turned down a lot of stuff because I want to spend my time with Riley, especially now that he's started school. It's important to me.
What spurred the idea behind your YouTube cooking series, Well Dunn?
Life + Times [Jay Z's YouTube channel] wanted me to do a video series, doing something outside of how people perceive me. People don't really put modelling and cooking together. I'm not saying I'm a chef, but I am a home cook, so I'm chopping up things, I'm banging things, food's everywhere—it gets messy! I guess that's why people like it, because it's real.
What are your travel beauty secrets?
I'm obsessed with how Asian women take care of their skin. South Korea's 12-step approach is a bit much, so I've narrowed it down to seven or eight steps. My favourite step is masking. During flights, I like to carry face-mask sheets. I apply one before we're about to land; everybody's sitting down so no one can see me. I don't care if it looks crazy; it's worth it as long as my skin looks amazing when I get off the airplane.
What's your favourite perk of being a Maybelline New York spokesperson?
I have so much makeup it's crazy. I really love to practise different looks on myself. I'm proud to be a visible minority fronting a major beauty campaign. And, hopefully, people who look like me will say, "You know what? If Jourdan can do it, I can do it, too."
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This article was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine.
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