Tarot-Reading Casting Director Mixes African Prints And Blue Jeans

Name:  Gina Jean.
Occupation: "Born and raised in New York, I’ve been working in fashion for over 15 years. I love being inspired every day. I started out as a model agent for male models. I’ve assisted some of the best casting directors. Now I am a casting director, fashion-show coordinator, model scout, tarot reader, and travel guru. My family is from Haiti, and the tarot reader part came from my amazing grandma. I read professionally for private clients and in Greenwich Village."

What were your first pair of jeans?
"I’m pretty sure it was a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and a pair of Cross Colors denim overalls. I loved both and wore them frequently in high school. I got them when I was about 14 years old — a mix of sexy and skinny and loose and comfy."


What are you wearing?
First Look: "A light-blue denim strapless catsuit by Topshop, a rose necklace by Make Believe, and an African head wrap by Youmewe.
Second Look: "A light-blue vintage denim top I picked up at Guerrisol in Paris and black jeans from Topshop.
Third Look: "A black tank-top by H&M, a blue denim short-sleeve shirt I picked up at a sample sale, African-inspired harem pants by Love And Be Loved By Amin Phillips, vintage black pointed sneakers, and Ambiguous Jewelry Designs by Karen Jackson earrings.

"Each piece is very special to me and makes me feel unique and artistic. Either it highlights the sexy seductress or my love of unique one-of-a-kind pieces that basically describe me in a nutshell."

How many pairs of jeans do you own?
"I own about 15 pairs of an eclectic mix of jeans purchased all over the world."

Do you have a preferred philosophy when it comes to jeans: Sexy and skinny, or loose and comfy? 
"A little mix of both suits me just fine. The sexy and skinny has to hug me in all the right places, and the loose and comfy allows me to traipse around the city."

Used or new?

What's your signature wash...or does it matter? "I used to love acid wash, and at one point I used to experiment with throwing bleach all over my jeans. now I am happy with a nice crisp, clean, dark denim. "

What's your favorite way to wear your jeans and with what?
"I love mixing my jeans with African prints and color. I love the way they pop."


If your jeans had a name or theme song, what would it be? Or do they?
"'In Those Jeans' by Ginuwine...( I used to have the biggest crush on that guy..until I found out his first name was Elgin...jk LOL!)."

Favorite example of celebrity-jean wearing (i.e., Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album cover). 
"Donna Summer wearing that awesome jean jacket with the popped collar."

What do you love most about your favorite denim pieces? 
"That they're comfortable, stylish, and can be worn dressed up or dressed down."

Photographed by Kava Gorna. Casting by Megan Delaney.

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