Check our interview with gorgeous American actress, model, and show host Katy Johnson. She has been featured in GQ, Maxim, FHM, Glamour, People, Max, and LA Fashion Magazine. Katy has modeled for clothing and swimwear brands like Hannah Jo, Anja, CantiqLA, Beach Bliss, Mary Grace Swim, Arden B, MintLA, and Varley. Katy is working on her documentary “One Model Mission,” in which she intends to visit 196 countries and document 196 definitions of beauty as defined by each culture. Her mission is to be the first model to travel to every single country with the purpose of finding beauty in women of all shapes, sizes, and forms. The film was inspired by Katy’s own personal struggles with body image and the demands for ‘ideal perfection’ in the entertainment industry.
As an actress, Katy has worked on a number of film and TV series. She starred in the South African unscripted drama series, “Clifton Shores,” as well as having appeared in in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” USA Network’s “Monk,” and ABC’s “Greek.” She has performed in music videos for artists like Britney Spears, Rascal Flatts, and Pittsburg Slim!
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Leader, Fun, Empathetic
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
How and when did you start into modeling and acting?
I started modeling at age 19 when a photographer asked me if I had ever thought about modeling, My first big job was shooting the cover of Maxim in the Czech Republic
Name one your strengths?
Best advice you have followed?
Stand for something or fall for anything
What magazines have you been in over the course of your career?
Maxim, Max, Fhm, GQ, La Fashion Mag, People Mag SA, Glamour, various tabloid mags in the UK and South Africa
And which magazine or project is still on your bucket list?
Now tell us about your One Model Mission doc-series?
OMM Docu series is A model traveling the world in search of beauty. “One Model Mission” hopes to change the world and it’s perception on what true beauty is to empower all women! OMM is exactly that, one model’s mission and passion to travel the world on a journey to find true beauty in every country. It’s a mission that will find the definition of “beauty” in every country, race, religion, and background. It is a mission to understand women of all backgrounds to give them a chance to tell their story; the story of how they grew up, the beauty standards they live by, what their personal definition of physical beauty is, as well as what they believe true beauty is; this is all in hopes of finding a better understanding of the world and the beauty within it, as well as to find a common theme in what women of the world believe true beauty is; I hope to find a common theme that is much deeper than the skin of one but that true beauty is the traits and morals our soul possess. The Empathy, love, and tolerance we share. It’s a mission reminding us that we are not much different from one another. This mission is to shed light on the misconceptions and skewed perception of beauty, especially those constructed in western society. It is to show off not only the beautiful women of every country, but also to show the beauty of each country in the world; the beautiful landscapes, history, culture, with a goal to encourage more love, peace, and understanding amongst us all while also advocating for women’s equality. Along with the bigger picture, it is also meant to show a model that has left the industry for a deeper purpose; it’s a mission to not only find true beauty and purpose in all women but to also find true beauty and purpose within herself.
Where did the idea of doing this came from?
My two passions have always been traveling and seeing the world so I wanted to do that but also for a positive purpose so I combined it with my second passion which is self esteem and helping people with those type of struggles, women in particular as there is so much pressure these days.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
Do your research, Take photos, and don’t let anyone take advantage of you, trust your gut!
How did you get started in the acting industry?
I was asked to be an extra and loved being on set.
What was your first acting role?
Featured in Transformers 2, or leading role was in “Nightfall” I played the popular mean girl.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
Any fitness tips you want to share with us?
Your body is 80 percent made in the kitchen you can work out for hours each week but if you eat garbage you will never be as good as you could be.
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
I hope to be a mom and I hope to have an established women’s empowerment group.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
What are your makeup bag staples when traveling?
Nars Concealer, Lancomb Mascara, Mac lip gloss
What’s your favorite music?
Any future plans you want to share with us?
I just want to complete One Model Mission and Travel the entire world impacting women in a positive way all over the world.
Do you support any charity?
Organizations I am a member of are Peta, National Humane Society, American foundation for suicide awareness, Alzheimer’s Awareness, ALS Foundation, St. Judd’s Hospital.
3 things you can’t leave home without?
Cell phone, Money, Sunglasses
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Having a long cozy lie in and then getting a yummy brunch.
What do you think of Social Media?
I think it’s great for networking but I also think it’s making us actually all so distracted and introverted. We will regret it I think in years to come.
Where we can follow you?
Instagram is @Iamkatyjohnson
Song: “California Love” Tupac
Travel destination: Greece
Celebrity Crush: Paul Walker
Actor/Actress: Margot Robbie, Reece Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams
Quote: “Find what you love and let it kill you”
Book: The Alchemist
Drink: Raspberry lemonade
Photo Credit: Eduardo Ceballos / Shandrew PR