360° Me: Jada Sezer

A young woman sits on a chair in a white studio with her foot on a magazine.

Jada Sezer is a modern-day heroine: model, body-positivity campaigner, podcaster, UN ambassador and mental-health activist. Here, she shares some of her favourite things…

By Olivia Lidbury  Friday 17 January, 2020

1. The book
‘A few years ago, I discovered Brené Brown after listening to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast. She was interviewing her, so I looked into Brown’s work as an author. One of my favourite books is The Gifts Of Imperfection. I love all of her stuff, but this is the one I go back to.’

2. The tune
‘Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” is an anthem of my childhood. I love artists who can create a melancholic but feel-good sort of mood. I’ll play that song when I’m feeling nostalgic, or am at home on a summer’s day with friends round.’

3. The film
‘Ken Loach is one of my all-time favourite directors. I, Daniel Blake, is hard-hitting in a way that is so beautifully done. The story of a man who is navigating the [broken welfare] system, he speaks out and becomes the voice for everyone who isn’t being heard. I relate to that a lot, because I think anyone, no matter how big or small, can make a change and a difference.’
Interior of the Chichu Art Museum
4. The look
‘I was a tomboy growing up and still have that within me. I like effortless, minimal style and look to supermodel Christy Turlington in the 1990s, who was stripped back but elegant. My version of being dressed up is high-waisted, tailored trousers and a blazer with trainers. I feel powerful in a blazer – for me, it’s about the energy I want to convey. But I’ll wear leggings and a hoodie for a workout or to run errands.’

5. The interior
‘Japanese style is really aligned with my taste. I recently visited the Chichu Art Museum on Naoshima island, designed by the self-taught architect Tadao Ando. It’s the most phenomenal building, created with concrete, steel and glass to play with natural light. I found it such a clean and calming place.’

6. The artwork
‘I’ve made some of my own for my home, as I’m conscious about creating as well as consuming. When I need to de-stress, I go to my easel and just paint away. Above my sofa is an oil painting in blues and blacks that’s meant to be Surrealist, but everyone who comes over says it looks like a stormy ocean.’

7. The experience
‘I still remember the moment I saw my face on a billboard next to Helen Mirren’s in Piccadilly Circus for a L’Oréal campaign. She was so gracious on set and made the most brilliant, impromptu speech. When I asked her how she was able to express herself so effortlessly, she said, “When it’s true to you, it’ll be true to them.” I thought that was beautiful.’
Fleetwood Mac
8. The hero
‘My big sister has always had such an influence over me. Everything she did when I was a child was an adventure; she would talk about things in such a story-like manner that it made me want to travel. Now, she’ll question what my motives are with my work. She grounds me, yet helps me to see the world in a more magical way.’

9. The meal
‘The best restaurant I’ve been to is 71Above in LA; you get a panoramic view of the city. I had the five-course seasonal tasting menu and ate the most decadent champagne poached oysters. It was also the best service I’ve ever experienced.’

10. The routine
‘My morning beauty regime is refined because I’m often rushing to a shoot or a meeting. I like Dermalogica Active Moist cream and Caudalie Beauty Elixir mist, which smells divine, and I use Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant. At the weekend, I’ll have more of a pamper and put Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Rosehip Oil on my face at night.’

11. The detox/retox
‘For a detox, the spa at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge has an incredible massage area. And as I live right by White City House, you’ll often find me drinking a Negroni or an Old Fashioned on the rooftop. 

Follow Jada at @jadasezer
Images from top: Jada Sezer (courtesy of Jada Sezer); Fleetwood Mac (Getty); Chichu Art Museum (Getty)