Ethnicity: German mother and African American Father.
Her father is none other than the legendary Music composer and musician Quincy Jones.
She is a Los Angeles-based model and animal activist — who graduated in May from Loyola Marymount University, where she majored in English.
She’s hollywood royalty. Talking about her father, music producer Quincy Jones, and her mother, actress and former model, Nastassja Kinski.
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.
Her father with Michael Jackson
“Obviously, to me, they’re just my parents,”
WWD: How did you start modeling?
Kenya Kinski-Jones: My mom was actually the one who got me into it the most.
Nastassja Aglaia Kinski is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than sixty films in Europe and the United States. She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You Are (1978), then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski–directed film Tess (1979). Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror Cat People (1982), two Wim Wenders dramasParis, Texas (1984) and Faraway, So Close! (1993), and An American Rhapsody (2001). She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski.
Her mother Nastassja Kinski above
Kenya Kinski-Jones: Around age 14 or 15, we went to an acting and modeling agency. Before that, I had never really thought about it. I guess my mom had known Bruce Weber previously, and she took me to a shoot. I was still kind of shy and not sure about it. He snapped some photos and a couple of months later, we did a shoot together for Vogue Spain. It was a really amazing experience.
WWD: One of your first shoots was with Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld for Harper’s Bazaar. What was that like?
K.K.J.: I couldn’t believe it at all. I still don’t even believe it. I’m really grateful for the opportunity. It was so cool to be able to be part of the creative process and watch them work. Karl had a good sense of humor. It was interesting because it was really quick, but it was awesome.
WWD: Apart from your modeling career, how do you plan to apply your studies?
K.K.J.: I think in my dream world I’d like to combine different things —
maybe write a column for a magazine and incorporate that with my passion for animal advocacy. Now I’m free from classes and I can try to blend the two.
The good thing with writing is that you can incorporate it into different things.
WWD: How did you become so passionate about animals?
K.K.J.: Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had such a passion for protecting animals and their well-being. Growing up, we had eight dogs, five cats and two horses. The neighbors were always calling. It was crazy — like a zoo. I also grew up riding horses. That was a huge part of my childhood; I did jumping competitions.
HB: Is this your first fashion campaign? How did it all come about?
KKJ: Yes. For this campaign, Calvin Klein Jeans was looking to cast someone in a genuine, real life relationship because the theme had to do with texting, and online dating. My boyfriend [Will Peltz] recently got signed by IMG Models and he went to a casting, and they were really interested in him. So, then when they found out that we were dating, we both met with Calvin Klein Jeans in New York a few times, and then it just happened! Working with Mario Sorrenti was amazing, I was so honored to work with him.
HB: When you were younger did you ever thing you’d follow in your parents’ footsteps, and become an actress like your mother or work in music like your father?
KKJ: You know,maybe in my wildest dreams but oddly enough music or acting wasn’t something that I never gravitated towards—I used to ride horses competitively so I’ve done so I was always focused on that. I love both crafts, I think they’re both amazing and I’m so fascinated by both of them but personally to pursue them —I wasn’t that interested.
HB: Which models do you look up to in the industry?
KKJ: There’s so many! It’s so hard for me to choose. Imaan Hammam was also in this Calvin Klein Jeans campaign— I think she’s so beautiful and so cool. Gigi [Hadid], she’s so amazing I feel like she just changed the whole industry. I love Adriana Lima, Taylor Hill, Naomi Campbell—I could go on and on.
Dressed as Cleopatra for Halloween
HB: What do you do to stay fit?
KKJ: For me it’s hard to get in the gym and just go on a machine, I like something that feels more fun. I like Soul Cycle, swimming, kick boxing, just things that don’t feel like you’re just sitting in the gym repeating the same thing over and over again.
HB: What’s your beauty regimen like?
KKJ: I love beauty products I have so many all the time and I have to tell myself, “no you don’t need that”. For my hair, I love Clairol Shimmering Lights purple shampoo, because when you’re blonde it gets the brassy out, it’s amazing. My skin is really dry skin, and my favorite moisturizer is Weleda’s Skin Food. I love to put that on at night because it’s really thick and my skin just soaks it right up. I love Tracie Martyn’s Alma Purifying Cleanser. It smells really good, it’s really gentle and easy. You know sometimes you get home and you’re really tired and you don’t want to wash your face, this is easy to do— it doesn’t take like a lot of scrubbing.
With her father and siblings
She grew up, with a half-sister Rashida, of whom she says, “I have so much admiration and respect. I find myself constantly in awe of her intelligence, creativity, and drive. I hope that one day I will move through life with the same grace and humility as she does.”
Taking care of her dad.
Her beautiful grandmother below