MIRROR, MIRROR: Miss Jones works her fierce look for the camera.
Currently nominated for her first Actor Boy Award for performance (for her leading-lady turn in the dramedy What Goes Around) and her second overall (she previously won for choreographing the musical At the Barricade), Neisha-Yen Jones is loving this moment in her showbiz career. Here, the gorgeous Best Actress contender and Daytime Live co-host dishes on what keeps her always looking so fresh and fabulous.
>> Style icons and inspiration: Diana Ross. I love that she is so free and fierce with her style. She’s very daring; not afraid to rock the big hair. Lauryn Hill is also a style icon for me. She’s so unique in how she dresses. Very intricate. And I also love the Cleopatra vibe. Very Afrocentric. Locally, Emprezz and I are kindred spirits. Debbie Bissoon (left) always looks flawless to me. They both represent a sense of queenliness.
>> Hair and glam crew:There’s a young lady called Shauna Spence from Classic Kidz [at the Pulse complex] who does my hair. Nobody else touches my hair. I even introduced her to Shuga. I find that she gets me; she knows what I like. I’m all about a natural aesthetic, even when I’m wearing extensions, and Shauna does a great job.
>> Ideal look: This is my ideal look – Afro puffs and large earrings. The most beautiful thing about an African woman is her face, and I find that when I wear my hair up, my eyes pop. I’ve been teaching my daughter about embracing her natural beauty. We don’t straighten our hair. Natural curls, natural definition.
>> Must-have products: I mainly use two brands in my hair – Ettenio and Kumea’s. Ettenio has a great shampoo and conditioner and leave-in detangler, and Kumea’s gives your hair a nice texture. And both of them are Jamaican brands run by women, so I had to support.
>> What’s most beautiful to me: I love to make my daughter laugh because she is most beautiful when she’s laughing. I also find beauty among the trees when I go up to Hollywell. It’s quiet; it’s beautiful, so I always enjoy a drive up to the mountains. I have three kittens at home now. So cute. They bring me to tears.