Jarry Lee is an agency-signed model, actor, musician, influencer, and former journalist originally from England, Wales, and Connecticut. She has immense following on social media channels, and has appeared as herself on the Netflix show Dating Around (season 1), and in commercials for AT&T, Dr. Brandt skincare, and various L’Oréal brands. As a model and actor, she has worked with Maybelline, Lancôme, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Revlon, Apple, Google, Ben & Jerry’s, Nike, and many other companies.
She has been featured in VOGUE Italia, POPSUGAR, Mic, Elite Daily, NY Daily News, AM New York, Authority Magazine, The New York Times, Cliché Magazine, Thrive Global, StarCentral Magazine, Fem Founder, TMS, MESS Magazine, MOVER Magazine, NALUDA Magazine, and other publications.
Previously, she was the Deputy Books Editor at BuzzFeed for about four years, covering books and culture. She is alum of Choate (prep school) and NYU (university), where she graduated summa cum laude as a Phi Beta Kappa honoree. She has also worked in digital marketing for publishing houses HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Jarry Lee, a model, actor, musician, influencer, and former journalist where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skin care, and her success story.
You are originally from England, Wales, and Connecticut and now are based in New York City. Your first major breakthrough in modeling was when you walked at New York Fashion Week F/W 2018 as a Runway Model in February 2018. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about your journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
I started modeling and acting as a hobby on the side — in spring 2018 and fall 2017, respectively. I found that I really enjoyed the creative aspect of collaborating with photographers to make images that looked like art, especially when they involved unique editorial makeup looks and high fashion styles. Eventually when I started booking more and more paid shoots with bigger brands, I quit my job at BuzzFeed and my career in media in general to pursue it full-time. I didn’t have any prior knowledge or experience in the industries I’m in now, which was a challenge at first. But keeping open-minded and adaptable helped me become a quick learner.
I believe you can be successful in an industry you know nothing about as long as you are determined and committed to putting in the work. Another reason I decided to pursue it was because there are few Asian models in the industry — I’ve had young women reach out to me and express that they felt inspired to see someone who looked like them working and succeeding. Representation matters! I never saw Asian models when I was growing up, so I didn’t even consider it as a possibility.
You have run a half marathon in 2019 and are also an avid long-distance runner & weightlifter. Elaborate about your passion for sports and what you do to build stamina for long-distance running?
I was on the cross-country running team at Choate Rosemary Hall and grew up playing badminton, tennis, and some golf. I took a break from sports while studying at New York University, but after I graduated, got back into running 5k and 10k races in New York City. I also started weightlifting and strength training with different personal trainers a few years ago.
In 2019, ASICS sponsored me to run my first half marathon, and while it was challenging, the weightlifting really helped to build up my stamina. These days, I try to maintain a balance of both cardio/running and strength training. I also drink protein shakes after every work out and try to cook most of my meals.
You are a world-leading media personality, model, actress, musician, journalist, and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
I love many forms of art, so I work to express myself creatively in many different formats. I’m interested in learning to do everything! It can be difficult to maintain work-life balance because I don’t have formal workday hours, so I’ll find myself working all day and night if I don’t set breaks for myself.
Establishing a consistent hard stop to the workday helps. I also set aside time each week to visualize my current goals and the precise steps I must take to make progress towards them. Writing down a to-do list of these small next steps helps me stay motivated and narrows down my focus.
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