Elite beauty Paige Jimenez on merging her love for food and modeling (oh, and that one time she dance in a music video with Cardi B).
Where did you grow up? PAIGE JIMENEZ: Honolulu, Hawaii.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for a shoot? PJ: I shot the El Alfra “Mi Mami” music video with Cardi B and got cast as a background dancer. I definitely don’t dance. It was an experience to say the least.
You’re also a chef… PJ: I’ve always loved cooking ever since I can remember. My mom wasn’t a big cook at all. She was the Hamburger Helper and frozen lasagna type of mom (love her, though). I always knew that food was so much more than that. I wanted to learn every aspect of it: how to elevate it, present it differently and even disguise it. Whenever I get sad, I just think about cooking and how happy it makes me. It’s truly my passion.
You competed on Season 8 of MasterChef. What was your biggest take-away from the show? PJ: Never stop learning. Ever. There’s always another method, another cuisine or another spice to explore. Always stay humble.
Who is someone who inspires you? PJ: Christina Tosi. Her work ethic is insane. If you haven’t watched her episode on Chef’s Table, I truly recommend it. And Chrissy Teigen! She’s definitely broken the barrier for models in the culinary industry.
Best cooking hack you learned while studying at the International Culinary Center? PJ: Always cook your eggs on low heat; add garlic in last (burnt garlic is the worst); you’re only as sharp as your knife; never walk into a kitchen without a sharpie; you can never be too precise. I could go on for hours…
You have so many followers on Instagram. What’s it like to have so many eyes on you? PJ: I don’t really think of it that way. After all, it’s just an app. We’re all human beings.
What makes you feel sexy? PJ: Music.
Advice to aspiring models? PJ: Know your self-worth. Don’t do anything that doesn’t make you feel good.