Looking for a word that captures the style and spirit of Kidada Jones (left, with sister Rashida)? Try “effortless.”
The stunning beauty radiates a laid-back charm, which has caught the eye of designers, directors and magazines alike. From styling covers for Vibe Magazine and modeling in Vogue and Elle, to being the inspiration and star of a national campaign by Tommy Hilfiger, Jones has collaborated with some of the best and brightest.
New on her list of exciting projects is Kidada for Disney Store. At a private preview, the stylish celeb opened up to us about her latest line with Disney Store, her favorite princesses, and an unexpected tattoo…
ESSENCE.com: What was your inspiration for your Kidada for Disney Store line?
KIDADA: I have an affinity for Disney and the Princess. But the inspiration was life is sweet and the whole sweet shop. It was also inspired by all my travels and by all things small and cute. When you see them, the princesses are having their “inner” moment or what I call their “wishing moment.”
ESSENCE.com: Do you have a favorite piece in your collection?
KIDADA: The “wish-a-littles” are my favorite! They are the collectible wishes with the jewelry inside.
ESSENCE.com: What do you think our readers would love most about your line?
KIDADA: I think there is something here for everyone. I think jewelry is beautiful on all women and I think it’s sentimental — and Disney is sentimental. It’s subtle and it’s low-key and it’s just a sweet reminder of sweetness.
ESSENCE.com: So you are a jewelry girl?
KIDADA: Well, I am so jeans and t-shirt, that jewelry is what makes [my outfits] pop.
ESSENCE.com: What is your favorite accessory in your personal collection?
KIDADA: I had a dog for 20 years and her name was “Penny,” so I have a penny necklace.
ESSENCE.com: That’s so beautiful! Are we going to see more from you?
KIDADA: It’s the beginning of a happy relationship. We have some extension and some surprises. I look forward to going back into the Disney archives and using characters like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, my childhood favorites.
ESSENCE.com: We take it you are a lifelong Disney cartoon fan?
KIDADA: Hardcore! I still love going to the parks! There’s a real sense of American culture and wonder for me.
ESSENCE.com: What’s your favorite movie?
KIDADA: My favorite has to be “Peter Pan!” It has a little bit of everything! We are based in reality one moment, then we fly over to Neverland another moment! There’s some girly stuff, some boy stuff. There’s some action, there’s some magic.
ESSENCE.com: You are making us want to go back and watch it!
KIDADA: Oh and I love Tinkerbell because she’s feisty and about it. She’s got swag! She’s going to do what she wants to do. I even have Tinkerbell tattoo, and she is wearing an Adidas flip-flops!