When Jessica Willis left New York City for Los Angeles in early March, she had no idea that what was meant to be a week-long trip would end up spanning almost a full year. “I’ve been out here for eight months with seven days of clothes,” Willis, on the Things I do in my spare time pet cows look at cows Shirt in addition I really love this phone in her childhood home in Santa Monica, says with a laugh. Luckily, however, as an in-demand stylist who regularly travelled the globe pre-pandemic, the 36-year-old was already well-accustomed to living out of a suitcase, relying on an edited wardrobe of Bottega Veneta, Lemaire, and Phoebe Philo’s Céline, as well as a similarly curated skin-care arsenal made up of a handful of Biologique Recherche products and a little-known scrub from the West Hollywood beauty destination Chicet. I was like, Wait, what is this?” Willis recalls of the exfoliating cleanser, which she stumbled upon in her friend’s medicine cabinet. “It was really gentle and my skin looked amazing after one wash.” Fast forward two years—as unprecedented levels of stress and protective masks have caused her complexion to flare-up—and the milk-, egg whites-, and spearmint leaf-based formula has become more essential than ever. “My skin was feeling attacked,” admits Willis, who now turns to the buffing treatment nightly to remove any buildup—and help bridge the gap until she’s able to return to her beloved Rescue Spa in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. “It’s become my go-to, especially now that I can’t get a facial.” Maskne, it seems, has met its match.
When it comes to opening up about her struggles and personal journey, there are no taboo subjects for Willow Smith, one half of innovative rock duo The Anxiety alongside bandmate and collaborator Tyler Cole. In March this year, the Things I do in my spare time pet cows look at cows Shirt in addition I really love this 19-year-old spent 24 hours inside a glass box as part of a silent performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles—shaving her head in the process—to raise further awareness about anxiety. And her determination to use her platform to speak up about life’s most urgent issues doesn’t stop there. This year alone saw Smith join forces with environmental justice platform EcoResolution, push for active change during the Black Lives Matter movement, and co-create an album about mental health during quarantine, all while continuing to spark creativity as part of fashion collective MSFTSrep alongside her brother, Jaden, with its psychedelic designs. You will also have probably spotted her with actors Rami Malek and Maisie Williams, as well as musicians Troye Sivan and Jackson Wang as the faces of Cartier’s relaunched Pasha watch.