January Jones for W Magazine
W Magazine May 2011 Issue
“The Devil in Miss Jones”
Photographed by Craig McDean
Styled by Lori Goldstein
Hair by Oribe Salon Miami Beach
Makeup by Jeanine Lobell for Chanel
Do you like Betty? She’s superficial, strange, and often mean, and yet fascinating.
I don’t judge Betty or necessarily understand her. The audience is passionate about her. After season one they wanted her to speak out against Don and his infidelities. Then in season two, when she did, there was a huge reaction against Betty. They want her to talk—just not too much.
It wasn’t the talking that turned the audience against Betty, it was repeatedly slapping her daughter and then firing her maid that finally did it.
Like Betty, you started out as a model. You left South Dakota at 18 for New York City. Were you nervous?
Not really. I was excited to be independent, but I was also naive—I just wanted to be rich and famous [Laughs]. I lived in an apartment near the Empire State Building. There were a billion girls in New York City who wanted to be models. After a while I was immune to rejection, which helped when I went out to L.A. to become an actress. In modeling, the criteria is purely aesthetic. So when I got to L.A., I didn’t care if they said I was too small, too blonde, too pretty, or not pretty enough.
Sergey Jivetin cuff (on right wrist), AS Collection cuff (on left wrist), Gucci booties.
We’re always going to insist that she looks better in sleek, classic styles, but she really can pull off these slightly New Wave-ish looks. We’ve said it before, but the plainer the girl’s features, the better she’ll look in a mohawk. Overwhelmingly beautiful women can’t really do edgy at all. Now granted, almost every time JaJo hits a red carpet in an edgier look, we think she doesn’t get it right, but she claims not to use hair, makeup or clothes people to put her looks together. Give her world class makeup and hair, and you can do just about anything with her. Looks-wise, she’s a paper doll, but she needs pros to put her together to her best effect.
[Photo Credit: Craig McDean, wmagazine.com]