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Model Watch: Jovan Woods

Jovan Woods

New face vitiligo model, Jovan Woods is a DC-native who is an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and inspired by this generation of young vitiligo models. He dreams of modeling for Adidas.

Name: Jovan “Jay” Woods

Agency, if any: N/A

Age: 31

Height: 6’1

Instagram: @jay_jovan

Where were you born? Washington, DC

Jovan Woods
Photographer: Derek | IG: @thephotochase

Ethnicity: African-American

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Favorite things: I love music. It always gets me through any situation.

What music are you listening to at the moment? Travis Scott latest album is on repeat.

Favorite movie, tv show: My favorite movie is ‘Coming To America,’ and I watch sports on TV.

Jovan Woods
Photographer: Derek | IG: @thephotochase

Favorite designer, fragrance or grooming/beauty product: I don’t have a favorite designer but I love shopping at Urban Outfitters, and I love D&G Men’s cologne.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? Probably managing bands or producing shows. I’m still involved with music.

What’s something uncool that you love anyway? I’m a Colts fan, so nobody understands my love for my team I guess LOL.

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country? Us winning the Stanley Cup.

Place you would love to visit: Spain.

Which brand would you like to model? Um, not sure. Probably a sports brand like Adidas or something like that.

Jovan Woods
Photographer: Derek | IG: @thephotochase

Favorite modeling experience so far? I’ve only had one, but this one experience or shoot has put me on the map so I don’t know what can top this right now.

Favorite season? I like fall and winter.

When did you realize you were unique? I realized I was unique when people stopped staring because they were scared or didn’t understand why I look the way I do and actually starting seeing me as art or praised me for being different and so confident.

Why do you feel it’s vital to include Vitiligo models in fashion and advertising? To let the world know it’s beauty in all of us that makes us unique. You don’t have to be in a particular spot or category that most people try to fit you in. You can be who you are and inspire people who may lack that confidence to go out and be the same way.

When did you start modeling and are there any models who inspired you along the way? I started modeling in July. I would say the kids, or younger generation with Vitiligo inspire me because I myself never had anyone to look up to growing up so seeing them happy or having someone to look up to means the world to me.

Favorite junk food? I don’t like junk food; however, if I had to pick one, it would be Snickers.

Where do you feel the most stuck in your modeling career? I don’t feel stuck at all.

Jovan Woods
Photographer: Derek | IG: @thephotochase

Currently, you’re obsessed with or about? The Indianapolis Colts, my modeling career and to inspire others everywhere with Vitiligo.

3 Words that best describe you as a person? Cool. Confident. Smart.

Favorite entertainer or public personality? Tyler The Creator is dope.

Your favorite quote? “In our skin, we win.” From my sis, Rochelle @msroch88

Any shoutouts? Shout out to the man up above for keeping my blessed up always and my parents for always being in my corner and all my friends & family who have supported me over the years. They make this special for me.

All Photography by Derek | IG: @thephotochase


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