Jeyza Gary has a rare, inherited condition that causes her skin to shed every two weeks. She was born with a rare skin condition called lamellar ichthyosis,
Two years ago, Jeyza Gary decided to pursue a modeling career while completing her bachelor’s degree in special education. Now, she’s signed to a modeling agency, and has been featured in Vogue Italia.
DESCRIBE JEYZA IN 3 WORDS?
Giving, observant and smiley!
HOW DID YOUR APPEARANCE INFLUENCE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS? FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, EVEN IN YOUR FAMILY?
My appearance has always been something that is seen. Consequently, in all of the relationships mentioned there is a form of dialogue that usually takes place. Nonetheless, once that conversation takes place my appearance is the last topic of conversation moving forward.
WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST ADVOCATE BEFORE YOU KNEW HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF?
My mom was undeniably my biggest advocate.
GROWING UP WITH YOUR SKIN CONDITION, DID YOU FEEL THERE WAS PROPER REPRESENTATION IN FASHION/ BEAUTY MEDIA?
Growing up I didn’t see anyone in the media or fashion even with my condition.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO MODELLING?
Taking pictures with my uncle and seeing how I can evolve into something totally different behind the camera really made me want to work until it became my reality.
WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING PROJECT YOU EVER WORKED ON?
The most exciting project I’ve ever worked on is an unreleased Editorial for a magazine in London. I got to wear vintage Chanel and other amazing designers. I met some of the most talented artists and models respectively.
HOW DO YOU DFEINE BEAUTY? WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL?
I define beauty as carelessness. What do I mean by that? Well, True beauty in my opinion isn’t definied by societal standards, if anything it’s the complete opposite. I believe true beauty is when individuals challenge conventional standards and break molds. Beauty is courage, it’s boldness when everyone wants to silence you. Styling my hair, a casual outfit and lip gloss makes me feel the most beautiful. It doesn’t take much for me to like what I see.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES YOU FACE IN THE MODELLING INDUSTRY?
Standards and precedents. Being someone that isn’t represented in the media and trying to break into the industry is undeniably challenging. It is already challenging To be a model in such a competitive industry let alone a model that does not fit conventional norms.