Jordyn Woods explains why it’s ‘flattering’ when people copy your swag

When Beyoncé’s name drops you in a song of her new Renaissance album, you know you’re that girl. Jordyn Woods (or Jordy, as close friends and Queen Bey call her) swept the timelines with her slaying, shameless body confidence and the cutest #RelationshipGoals content with her basketball bae Karl Anthony Towns. Woods has continued to carve his own way in this crazy world we call the entertainment industry to win The Masked Singer and teasing her vocal abilities at the launch of her wellness app FRSTPLACE to promote healthy lifestyles. Now she’s owning her story through content creation thanks to an unlikely partnership with a legacy media brand.

Woods recently announced its partnership with Playboy Magazine’s newly launched CENTERFOLD platform. Created by Cardi B during her reign as Playboy’s first creative director in residence, the platform was created to give content creators power over their creativity, content, access and interaction with fans and customers. Not to mention, the platform empowers creators to control their own narrative and earn money doing it.

“I actually discovered Centerfold before it launched,” the 24-year-old admits to ESSENCE of her introduction to the platform. “I’m all about what makes me feel good and Playboy just felt like the right platform to be on. For someone who’s on social media, whether you’re an influencer or a celebrity, everyone world is still taking advantage of us, but we are not taking advantage of our own content and owning our own content Being able to work with a platform that expands diversity and growth, being able to grow with the company, [and] being able to create fun content, but on top of that owning your own content – ​​I felt like that made sense and was the right partnership.

ESSENCE got the chance to catch up with the content creator herself on the importance of owning your content, the advice she would give her little sister Jodie when biters rip off her content, and how she stays so confident in her own skin. when the enemies start to hate.

ESSENCE: As a black woman and content creator, how important is owning and regulating your own content, especially in a time when we as black creators and influencers are not credited all the time?

Jordyn Woods: Or barely credited. It’s a very difficult situation because I feel like it’s hard to be original these days. Everyone takes something from someone, whether it’s 70s, 80s, 90s, now, your friend or your peer. It’s important to find out what your thing is and be authentic about your message, your content and just be yourself. Own it and trust who you are because there will be people who will have an opinion or want to grab what you have, but when you are original no one can steal your loot.

Like I always told Jo, my little sister, I see a bunch of associates and peers copying her, and I know it’s annoying, but it’s also flattering because guess what? Nobody can do it like you and that’s why you’re special and that’s why people are going to keep copying what you do. Because you are authentically yourself and that is admirable. You can’t control someone taking or copying, but you can control who you are and stay authentic to who you are – and it will show through regardless.

ESSENCE: In terms of your relationship with social media, how have you continued to build your confidence in the content creation space? When you started posting sexier photos or being more comfortable in your own skin, how did you feel your audience would receive it?

Woods: It varies. Some days I’m super confident and some days I’m a little bit confident. I think especially as a black woman, you’re always going to be watched and watched and often sexualized, especially me being a curvy woman. So I’m like, “Okay, I can either let people dictate my story, try to do something, or I can just own my body and who I am.” Growing up, I never felt like the hot girl. Now that I’m regaining my self-confidence as a young woman and thriving, I’m like, “I’m the one in my power.”

Being in your power can look like anything. You may want to pose nude because it makes you feel powerful, or you may want to pose fully clothed. It’s your confidence and your power is what you do with it and you can’t let anyone else dictate that. The days I feel it, I feel it and some days I don’t. I just go with this feeling and I go in this confidence. I mean, he’s the youngest I’ll ever be, you gotta go through this and he’s actually the youngest we’ll all ever be, so really do what makes you happy. Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear, no matter what that looks like to you.

Jordyn Woods learns to love her body

ESSENCE: How do you embrace your sexuality and sensuality through your personal style?

Woods: I think it’s really hard for me to hide my body and my curves, especially growing up as a curvier woman. You wear a tank top because you’re hot and it looks sexy or you wear shorts and you’re trying to show your skin. I like a good bodycon moment where you can see the shape, but you can’t see the shape too much. It’s not too revealing. I love bodycon dresses; I’m wearing one right now. Sundress season is my favorite season, but being in California is always sundress season. Sexy doesn’t always mean showing your skin. I realize there’s a lot of sex appeal in the way you behave. This summer dress might be flowy, but that’s just how you flow into the dress. It’s not about showing your butt or your breasts. It’s sexy how you wear no matter what outfit.

ESSENCE: When did you start building a relationship with your body and your sensuality? Take me back to that defining moment when you were like, “I feel really confident now.”

Woods: You know what? It’s like I said before, it’s a roller coaster. I’m still figuring it out, still finding my confidence because I’m soon to be 25 and I feel like that’s when you finally get to your adult female body, whatever that means. I think I felt most confident and sexiest when I started taking better care of my body. I started to feel more confident when I showed up and that’s when my dad died. I took my fitness journey super personal and super serious; it was my therapy. I feel sexier when I take care of myself and that’s how I feel now. If I don’t train for four weeks, I get really depressed. I realize that when I feel my best and look my best, I find the most sensuality in myself when I take good care of myself.

It’s not necessarily what my body looks like; this is how my body feels [and] how my mind is because I’m a chronic overthinker. I’m Libra, I think a lot and I also doubt myself a lot. I think it’s normal, it’s human but the more popular I became and the more people looked at me, the more difficult it was to find my confidence. I’m like, ‘Now there’s a lot of people looking at me, so I don’t want to do the wrong thing’, ‘I don’t want to say the wrong thing’ or ‘I don’t want to wear the wrong thing. Still, we’re all human. It’s trial and error, but I’m still evolving and finding what that sexy adult woman is. I have a little time, but I’m still trying to figure it out.

Weight is taboo because muscle weighs more than fat and you might lose body fat, but gain muscle and you may end up weighing more. This whole thing about weight is taboo. You can keep track of it if you want. If you don’t care, go with how you feel. Your mind controls everything and if you are on your own. then your cells literally come out of your thoughts. Your cells and your body are moving away from negativity, so they’re not even going to thrive. Just stay positive and that’s a lot easier said than done.

Jordyn Woods learns to love her body

ESSENCE: In today’s age of social media and impostor syndrome, why is it important for young black girls to feel empowered in their bodies?

Woods: This is a very good question because there is no right or wrong answer. Your body is your temple, people will subjugate you, [and] people will also see what your body looks like, not who you are. Then those words that people say hold the power and you need to know who you are so that you can retain all of your power. Whatever you look like, whatever you go through, whatever your race, [or] gender, it is important that you know who you are, your sexuality and the importance of your being, because then no one can dictate to you or consider you as your body or you know exactly who you are and the value you have in this world.

Even when I was younger, I didn’t really value myself the way I do now, so I allowed myself a lot more. Now that I see the value of my body, the value of my sexuality, and the value of being a young woman, I can make the decisions I deserve. I don’t let people take advantage or [I don’t] put myself in bad scenarios because I know my worth. If I had never learned it, who can say where I would be today?

ESSENCE: If you could give your young self one piece of advice about self-confidence and how you feel about your own body, what would it be?

Woods: I always tell people – and myself – that your individuality is your greatest gift. This body is given to you for a reason, God gave you this vessel, and recognize it. If I don’t like something I can work on, I work on it. If it’s something I can’t change, I accept it and just know it’s given to me for a reason and just having it and trusting it is everything in any situation.

TOPICS: Jordyn Woods Playboy

Comments are closed.