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As the daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 22 year-old Georgia May Jagger was destined for fame. She’s been modeling professionally since she was 16, and signed her first major beauty deal with Rimmel in 2009, posing for the brand alongside Kate Moss. Along with countless magazine covers and fashion campaigns, Jagger is also the latest face of Thierry Mugler Angel, the same scent her mom was the face of 20 years ago. (Her older sister, Elizabeth has also walked the Mugler runway with their mom.)
I first met Georgia behind the scenes at London Fashion Week. She grew up in the spotlight with boldfaced name best friends Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse. But beyond the glamorous façade, Georgia is incredibly nice and down to earth and takes the modeling world in stride. She refers to herself as “kind of a dorky person” and prefers watching bad TV with her friends than going to fashion parties. Get to know the real Georgia May below:
BB: Hey, Georgia. How are you? Nice to connect again.
GMJ: Yes! I couldn’t believe that you were really doing the interview!
BB: It’s one of the perks of my job at Yahoo. After we met, I had a conversation with your father about you. I told him how incredibly beautiful you were and what an amazing model you were, and he said to me, “You know Bobbi, what’s really amazing about her is that she is nice, and kind, and hard working, and I’m proud of the woman she’s become.” And I loved that he put the focus to be on who you really are.
GMJ: Yeah, he doesn’t care about the modeling at all.
Georgia May Jagger and father, Mick Jagger. Photo: Instagram.
BB: What was it like growing up with a really famous father, a mother who was a supermodel and beautiful older sisters? Was there ever a time in your life when you were young when you just didn’t feel attractive? Or have you always been as confident as you are now?
GMJ: To be honest, I still feel like that now.
BB: Oh come on.
GMJ: I like modeling, but I really see it as a job. I don’t see it as like, “I’m so beautiful, I should be doing this.” It was always kind of a shock for me, and I have a hard time with it because I am kind of a dorky person, but in a good way. I’m not the kind of person who is always put together with perfect makeup and freshly pressed clothes. So, for me it’s kind of like two separate things. When I see that person on TV, I’m like, “Oh it’s that girl.”
BB: I know you’re friends with a lot of other models and “It Girls” and you are photographed going to parties. Do you see that as just part of your job?
GMJ: To be honest, I don’t really go to that many parties. There are probably a lot of photos of me from the few fashion parties I have gone to. But I’ve been in this world since I was 15, so I’ve gotten kind of bored of going to all that stuff. But my friends who are models, are my friends from before any of us were models. I met Suki [Waterhouse] at school when we were 11. And Cara [Delevingne] we met before she did Burberry. We are all friends first and foremost. It’s nice to have people who are going through a similar situation to you, and have people around that you can hang out with. We all sometimes just want a night off and we go and watch bad TV.
Georgia May Jagger and her mother, Jerry Hall, modeling for Sunglass Hut. Photo: Sunglass Hut
BB: I know that so many young girls look at pictures of you all and have this idea of what your life is really like. What advice do you have for these girls who think, “They’re so cool, and I’m not.”
GMJ: We have hair and makeup people and all that kind of stuff. You have to be yourself and you have to find your own style. You can’t just be like, “I want to look like this person or this pop star.” Eventually you will want to be different from everyone else when you’re older. I wish someone had said that to me when I was 13.
BB: One of the things that I love about you, and so many people do, is the gap in your teeth. I’m so thankful that no one had you change it. Have you always been happy with it?
GMJ: I thought about changing it when I was 12. I went to the dentist and he explained to me what I would have to do. I didn’t think it would make me more beautiful, or be more normal, or that there was something wrong with me. It’s only been since I have been in the fashion world where everyone is so critical of people’s flaws that it’s become a thing like, “Oh, you kept your gap.” I guess I was more of a tomboy and my parents tried to teach me to think about the inside more than the outside.
BB: Do you have a beauty philosophy?
GMJ: I keep up with my Texan side of things, where I don’t really have many rules. I’m a fan of more is more. I don’t think that necessarily means you have to do it in a tacky way. I think you can do an eye and a lip—even for day—it just depends on what color you’re doing and whether you’re doing matte or shiny and what the mixture is. There’s a way to do anything you want and still make it look classy.
BB: So you don’t do makeup different for day or night? It just depends on your mood?
GMJ: I make some things different. I usually don’t wear that much glitter during the day. Today, I’m wearing all white and I have a nothing really on the eye, but I have a matte red lip. And I think it’s kind of nice in New York when it’s dreary weather to do something a bit more fun than just having brown eyeshadow. I do so much stuff at work that I want to experiment a bit more and not get stuck in always the same thing.
BB: Who did you learn about makeup from?
GMJ: My my mom and my sister Lizzy. My mom has always done all her own makeup and her own hair. She never has a hair or makeup person, and even when she gets to the shoot, she always comes ready. She’s got that sort of old fashioned take on it—be ready when you get there. So I learned from her. But my sister was the one who I always saw doing her makeup in the car on the way to school. She would always do it in the mirror, so I picked up a lot from her. And that was the late ‘90s, so I was really down to put green glitter on.
Georgia May Jagger with half-sister Jade and older sister Lizzy. Photo: Instagram
BB: I actually did your mother’s makeup when I was starting out, and I wasn’t that good. It was the cover of British Cosmo and your mother looked in the mirror when I was finished and said, “Thank you very much.” She was very kind. And then she took out her makeup bag and fixed her whole face in front of me. So I learned a lot from your mom, too. She’s talented with makeup. Did you use a lot of her products growing up?
GMJ: I used to use her lipstick a lot, but I wasn’t really allowed to wear makeup until I was 13. I had this Tinkerbell nail polish that pulled off in one sheet. And an eyeshadow duo that was pink and white, that was so bad. That was all I was allowed to wear until I was 13. Then I was into the Urban Decay liquid liner. For me that was like the bee’s knees, and a lot of black inside eyeliner, which had a terrible goth vibe. That was the opposite of what my mom was into.
Georgia May Jagger modeling for Rimmel. Photo: Rimmel
BB: You’re a spokesperson for Rimmel. Tell me about the last campaign that you shot.
GMJ: It was James Bond themed. It was quite nice to do a more mature look with nude lips and nice hair. I like mixing it up. And then I did one with my boyfriend, which was really cute.
BB: Was he the model or the photographer?
GMJ: He’s the model. He’s not a model full-time, he’s a musician.
BB: Were you kissing him for the ad?
GMJ: Yeah, [the ad was] for a transfer-proof lipstick, and it really works. So it’s a lot of kissing to show that there is no transfer.
BB: That’s so cute. Which lip are you wearing today?
GMJ: It’s Rimmel Show Off in Burning Lava. And I was really shocked because the product itself looks like a gloss, but when you put it on your lips it dries and it has the effect of one of those NARS pencils, but a little bit easier to put on. It’s actually a really good red.
BB: And it must be long-lasting?
GMJ: Yes, but not too long-lasting. Some of the long-lasting ones last you forever…until next week.
BB: I know, right? What are some of your other favorite Rimmel products?
GMJ: I like the mascara and I like shadow sticks because they are really easy to use and I’m not that good with a powdered eye shadow. The one I’m wearing today is called Bluffing and it’s brown with a bit of shine in it. They made a clear eyebrow gel, which I’m really thrilled with because I have been going on for so long about how no one had a clear eyebrow gel—it’s always a tinted one that’s too chalky. For me it’s very important to have my eyebrows in place.
BB: Do you travel a lot for work?
GMJ: Oh my god, yes. Every week. I’ve been on five flights to London this month and I’m going to Canada tonight.
BB: Do you have any tips for travel?
GMJ: I always bring snacks. I’ll bring crisps, popcorn or chocolate covered almonds. I try and eat before I get on the plane because it’s a bit healthier, but I’m not a super crazy exercising dieting kind of person.
BB: Are you one of those people who can kind of eat whatever they want?
GMJ: I’m always hungry and I eat whatever I want. I try and think about it more now that I am 22, and especially when I’m in America and I’ve eaten a lot of bacon and stuff like that. But it’s all about balance. Everything in moderation—including moderation!
BB: Love that. It was great talking to you. Say hi to your parents for me.
GMJ: Ok, I will! Thanks Bobbi.