The Might 2021 cowl star on model, staying true to herself and being a brand new Gossip Woman.
Jordan Alexander has some very huge — and fashion-forward — footwear to fill as a part of the Gossip Woman reboot coming to HBO Max this 12 months. However she has executed her greatest to show any jitters into a bonus. “I all the time attempt to channel any intimidation I’d really feel into an vitality that empowers me relatively than makes me cower,” says the Vancouver-born, Toronto-raised expertise over the cellphone as a siren wails faintly outdoors the window of her New York condominium. She moved to the Large Apple when capturing for the present started final 12 months, though she says she hasn’t been in a position to absolutely discover it because of the pandemic.
And he or she has first-hand information of why it’s so crucial that she keep near dwelling. Alexander’s sister Sydnie is a nurse who has been engaged on the entrance strains all through the COVID-19 disaster; the actress, in fact, extends a heartfelt thanks to health-care employees. And it’s Sydnie we should always thank for urging Alexander to take up appearing within the early 2010s. Since then, she’s had roles in a number of productions, together with alongside Juliette Lewis in final 12 months’s Sacred Lies, by which she demonstrates her appearing and singing chops. Music, not appearing, was initially her factor. Her debut album, The Lonely Hearts Membership, was launched in 2016; she has toured Canada with Bif Bare, carried out alongside Carly Rae Jepsen and opened for Kehlani at Satisfaction Toronto; and her most up-to-date single, “You,” got here out final summer season. Alexander took guitar classes when she was a preteen, and her mother and father even gave her a drum set when she confirmed an curiosity. Her mom — whom Alexander describes as a “free spirit who loves the humanities” — volunteers at a therapeutic using secure for individuals with particular wants, and her father is a musician. “We play guitar collectively after we can and like to sing collectively,” she says.
Gossip Woman guarantees to additional showcase Alexander’s vary and charisma; in it, she performs Julien Calloway, a personality who “brings the drama with trend.” In a picture leaked throughout the first season of manufacturing, Alexander seems in a corseted, bustled robe by New York-based designer Christopher John Rogers, who received the CFDA/Vogue Style Fund award in 2019. It’s a couture-style distinction to Alexander’s punky haircut, signalling the up to date spirit of the brand new Gossip Woman’s aesthetic and narrative ambitions. “I do hope that it offers escapism; I really feel assured that it’ll,” she says, noting that she re-watched all six seasons of the unique final 12 months. Alexander and her co-stars, together with Evan Mock and Whitney Peak, embody a way of relevance that’s crucial to creating the aughts’ prime-time hit work for immediately. “There’s going to be an osmosis of types by way of the range of the solid and difficult social norms and the established order,” she explains. “So whilst you’re on this escapism vibe, you’re nonetheless absorbing essential classes that I believe are instrumental by way of progress and alter at massive. Good artwork does that.”
Publishing phenom Tavi Gevinson additionally has a job within the present: the reportedly “bold” Kate Keller. As a younger fan of Gevinson’s Rookie, Alexander says she was sluggish to confess to her colleague how a lot the journal meant to her and that she ardently beneficial it to any prospects she crossed paths with whereas working at a Toronto location of Ebook Metropolis. “It was so nicely curated and stuffed with artwork and attention-grabbing issues,” she says, noting that, unsurprisingly, Gevinson is “very sturdy and courageous and fearless in the way in which that artists are.”
Alexander, who’s of German-Irish and combined African-American heritage, emanates the same sense of integrity and self-awareness. When discussing her shaved head, she says with fun that she “actually didn’t care” about making the leap a decade in the past. “My older sister didn’t assume I’d do it, and my youthful sister mentioned my mother cried,” she remembers. “I don’t assume my dad cared in any respect [laughs]; I don’t assume my grandpa cared both. My grandma thinks it’s cool however likes it ‘only a bit longer.’ More often than not, I utterly overlook that it’s even there — or ought to I say ‘not there’? Once I first did it, I don’t assume I used to be essentially as assured in my decisions as I’m now. However what I felt mattered a lot extra.
“It was nice,” Alexander goes on to say in regards to the second her then girlfriend helped her make the tonsorial transition, noting that she “wished a coiffure that required little to no upkeep” and that that is what motivated her to embrace a sheared look. “I received into the bathe and I’ll always remember the sensation of touching my shaved head for the primary time,” she says. She provides that there’s a niche in her appearing resumé that coincides with the daring transfer. “I didn’t really feel like I wished that anymore,” she says. “I used to be actually into making my music, and I just about let go of appearing.”
However Alexander has come again with an assured sense of comfortability in doing her personal factor — on her personal phrases — that appears to pervade all corners of her life. It’s no shock to listen to that she considers multi-hyphenate Janelle Monáe a mode icon. Alexander’s personal trend tastes favour the work of Toronto’s @TheyCallMeSoftHoney on Instagram, The A whole bunch and Indigenous-owned labels like OXDX, and he or she touts the choices of Black-owned personal-care enterprise Garner’s Garden. She additionally says that she’s a giant thrift shopper and that her method to model ties into supporting value-driven unbiased labels.
Her ardour for supporting such manufacturers might simply be linked to her grandmother, Penny Heaton, who owned her personal boutique known as Photos a long time in the past. “She is so unbelievable and such a trailblazer in trend in addition to in life,” says Alexander. Her personal model awakening began with enjoying dress-up in Heaton’s lingerie and loungewear items. “I used to be undoubtedly influenced by her quite a bit,” she says. “My little sister and I’d go into her closet and put on all her garments; they have been so glamorous and enjoyable, and we didn’t care that none of them match.”
They’d additionally go on particular procuring journeys to Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew; now, in a full circle second, Alexander stars within the luxurious retailer’s Spring 2021 marketing campaign, sporting leather-based by Miu Miu, florals by Valentino and a voluminously sleeved frock from Bottega Veneta whereas singing Bruce Cockburn’s basic folk-rock hit “Lovers in a Harmful Time.”
Together with her latest character, Julien, Alexander seems to have the power to behave with authenticity. This steadfastness will serve her nicely as she navigates her public profile and the trimmings that include it. She says that she needs to enhance the efforts of Indigenous activists who’re preventing to guard pure assets and acquire entry to scrub water of their communities.
“I’ve a strong group of radical individuals round me who will certainly test me and make it possible for I’m staying true to my course and what I consider in,” says Alexander. “I really feel like Spider-Man: ‘With nice energy comes nice accountability.’ However it’s true! And I embrace that.”
Pictures by ARKAN ZAKHAROV. Styling by ERIK ZIEMBA. Artistic path by GEORGE ANTONOPOULOS. Set design by MEGAN NISHIYAMA. Make-up by ASAMI MATSUDA FOR ARTLIST PARIS/SHISEIDO. Manicure by AJA WALTON FOR SEE MANAGEMENT/ESSIE. Fashion assistants: AMBER ROSE SMITH, JORDAN SORENSEN.