It is the last week of October. “I’ve done modeling since I was 18, I’m 22 now, and I’m finishing up college, I have two months until I’m finally done,” Kinski-Jones says, “I’m dedicating a lot of my time to make sure I’m getting my education.” She describes her state of mind: “I love to write, I’d love to get into journalism, or, I don’t know, I’m not sure what kind of writing I want to get into, but it’s definitely a passion of mine, and I’ve been really focusing on that the past four years in—” she pronounces this last word as French, “school.” I ask her what she’s looking for, “I’d like to combine that,” she says. “I’m just excited to explore my interests and see where it takes me.” Kinski-Jones was named the new face of Calvin Klein Jeans this year, I assume that she is going to follow the path of her mother and steer her Titanic-sized name and image towards acting, but I am wrong, “Acting is amazing, but it’s just something that isn’t really for me. I actually had an audition recently, it was really random, and I did it as an exercise for myself, to just be brave and do the audition, but it’s not something that I’m interested in right now.”
Regarding that name: the Jones of course comes from the legendary music producer Quincy Jones, and the Kinski from German actress and model Nastassja Kinski (who was herself a form of screen royalty, being the daughter of Klaus). Her half-sister Rashida Jones is the Harvard-educated actress who has appeared on Parks and Rec., The Office, and in The Social Network (2010), etc., and half-sister, Kidada is the former model, celebrity stylist, and fashion designer who was engaged to Tupac Shakur at the time of his death.
I bring up the obligatory “What’s it like…” question, and Kinski-Jones gives me the obligatory “I had a really normal upbringing,” answer, but she seems relaxed.
Right now, Kinski-Jones’ plan is to go to an art-deco cafe she spotted earlier from the car. She heads down the long road toward it, moving swiftly. If anyone half-recognizes her, she is gone before the photo-fit match is completed. If you are famous like Kinski-Jones, you adopt smart tactics. You learn that the best way to see a city is on a bicycle—you can out-pedal any pedestrian attention and cut away to places where the paparazzi cars can’t follow. But even on foot, there are useful strategies. “I feel like, with modeling, there’s such a window, age-wise,” she says, “I think, with that, you get to travel to really interesting places, and meet really creative and passionate people, so I definitely want to be able to turn my attention to that.” Mostly, Kinski-Jones is doing alright.
[Editor’s Note: All of the above events in fact happened between Chris Heath and Brad Pitt in May of 1999. They have been partially plagiarized for our purposes.]
Photographer: Justin Campbell at justincampbellstudios.com
Stylist: Monty Jackson for theonly.agency
Hair: Dimitris Giannetos for opusbeauty.com using Oribe
Makeup: Paul Blanch for opusbeauty.com using Chanel
Photography Assistant: Chris Moneberg