September 23, 2011 | 9:00am
Phoenix native Justine Nations
is more than just a pretty face. Even though she's signed with FORD Models
, one of the most recognized names in the modeling industry, Nations doesn't like being defined by her line of work.
"I want to show people that I'm not just a model," she says. "I have a brain, and I have a personality."
"There's two sides to me," she says. "A lot of times, I'll dress really minimal and a bit more androgynous. And sometimes I'll mix it up with Eastern Indian and Asian influences."
What are you wearing?
A white floor length skirt made out of chiffon with an over-sized tan sweater from H&M. I've got on black vintage lace-up boots I found at Butter Toast Boutique
. And I'm wearing a gold necklace from my French great grandmother, a gold heart-shaped necklace from my grandmother, and a silver skull necklace with a gothic-style key.
What's the most attention grabbing thing you've worn?
This skin tight, black spandex dress with lace cutouts. It had cutouts on the chest, shoulders and hips. I wore it to a designer's event in New York City.
What's the last item of clothing you bought?
I got a couple of T-shirts from a boutique in Chinatown in New York City. One of them was made from a super thin, organic material and it had geometry patterns on it. I'm a huge nerd so I really like that kind of stuff.
Where do you usually shop?
Usually, I shop online. I go to ASOS online. I also shop at H&M and Butter Toast Boutique.
When did you start thrifting?
The kids I ran around with in high school were always going around to the Goodwills and Savers, and I've always been a fan of vintage. I like going and finding stuff that fits my style.
What is your favorite item you've found thriftin?
This one particular ring that I got. It's gold and silver, and it looks like a big knot. My second favorite thing I've found is this pair of lace-up boots I found at Butter Toast.
What do you like to accessorizee with?
I'm pretty simple with accessories in general. I usually wear bracelets, necklaces and rings with an eastern or Native American influence. And I love a good tote bag. Leather tote bags are definitely my favoite.
Where would love to have a shopping spree?
I'd have to say Bergdorf Goodman. They have everything that's amazing there. Even though it's completely overpriced, I would not mind going on a shopping spree there.
What item of clothing do you covet at the moment?
There are these thigh-high, lace-up leather boots from Emilio Pucci, from his Spring 2011 show. I'm still drooling over them.
Who are some of your style icons?
I like Abbey Lee Kershaw's style a lot. I'm also into Diane von Furstenberg's style. I like the classic, lady-like thing she's got going. And I really like that 70s style aesthetic on women. They have this kind of world traveler feeling.
Give us a childhood memory of you and clothing:
My childhood consisted of Garanimals! My mom was very tomboyish, so now I can see a lot of her style influenced me. I'm very minimal because I don't like to hassle a lot. It wasn't until I got out of high school that I started looking for my own style. I did it on my own.
Name five things every woman should have in their closet?
1. An oversized sweater.
2. A blazer.
3. A strong pair of pumps.
4. A big leather tote bag.
5. A good set of lingerie ("You need to feel sexy inside of your clothes just as much as you do on the outside.")