One of the reasons we’ve always loved sunglasses—apart from their obvious utility in protecting against UV rays and preventing hours of squinting in the sun—is that they make us feel just a little bit like movie stars. And now that Georgia May Jagger has been the brand ambassador for Sunglass Hut for two years running, they make us feel like models, movie stars and rock god progeny all rolled into one (in case you weren’t familiar, Jagger is the daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick and ’70s supermodel Jerry Hall).
The gorgeous (and, we should mention, super-sweet) 22-year-old stopped by the Lucky offices yesterday during a quick trip to New York amidst a whirlwind month of travel to show off the retailer’s new selection of shades, get ‘grammed with our editor-in-chief and chat about her summer. Read on for her out-there hair aspirations, favorite beauty buys and one way she’ll never follow in her parents’ footsteps!
Lucky: Sounds like you’ve been doing a ton of traveling recently! Any favorite destinations?
Georgia May Jagger: I went to Vienna recently—not for work, actually, I went on tour with my dad—and then I went to Madrid for Sunglass Hut, which was nice. Really beautiful weather there. But I like New York because I can do a bit of shopping here; it’s sad though, because I always want to stay longer. I always have my places, like all I want to do is get juices [Ed. note: She was sipping Juice Press' Ginger Fireball], and then go to the organic cream store. I go to Live Live & Organic in the East Village, which you can only get in New York, so I run out and have to come restock. And sometimes I’ll go to Screaming Mimi’s or Opening Ceremony, but not this time.
Do you have any beauty tips for summer travel?
I would say sleep as much as possible, but I’m not very good at that. I didn’t sleep on the plane yesterday, because it was a day flight, and then last night it was my friend’s birthday. But I guess wear sunscreen would be one of them, and then I really like things like the Tracie Martyn undereye patch things—if I’m really tired I’ll use one of those. I’m always up for gimmicky kind of things, like I have these face masks that make me look so scary. You know those Japanese ones? My boyfriend is terrified of me when I wear them, like, "Get away from me!" I try all of those things, but I’m not sure if they really work. I literally think drinking water and sleeping is the only thing that really works.
So tell me about your sunglasses—you must have quite the collection now!
It’s crazy, because I’ve been doing the blog for like a year, so they send me eight pairs to photograph a month, so I’m really spoiled for choice. And because I don’t pick them myself—they pick them for me—it’s interesting because I end up wearing ones that I never thought I would have worn.
Any new favorites?
I really like the new Dolce & Gabbana ones with the floral pattern on them, and I’m obsessed with these ones that I’m wearing, since they’re foldable and they do them in every different mirrored color, so I have like three pairs now. Since I’m always packing, I like the ones that have smaller cases, so then I can pack more of them. I used to have just one pair that I would travel with, but now it’s like five that I’m changing all the time. It’s weird because I never used to think about it, I just had a couple pairs that I was always losing. And now I have a whole closet.
There’s a new book coming out about the science behind sunglasses and, essentially, why they make everyone look hotter. The theory is that they make you look more symmetrical and more mysterious. Any thoughts?
That’s totally true. Plus, I’ve got to say, they’re really good for tired days and jetlag. I get off a plane and I do a Sunglass Hut shoot and it’s great because I can just wear sunglasses and smile. We had a lot of fun on set in Miami—that was the first shoot we did, and we did it with Theodora and Alexandra, who I’ve known my whole life and that’s one of the first times we’ve gotten to go somewhere nice. We were actually suntanning in the commercial. That’s a dream. It’s usually really, really cold or really, really hot. We did jump into a freezing cold pool at the end of the day, though.
A lot of the styles now are vintage-inspired. So you have any iconic sunglasses that you’re into?
I really like the cat eyes and the round ones, and the Clubmaster classic, which is my favorite. But Ray-Ban, they’re making these new ones that are like the classic black ones but in leather and suede and velvet, and they’re also doing these new ones in denim where I think they fuse it to the plastic.
I remember I used to steal my dad’s old Ray-Bans (not a good idea, since they were prescription). I imagine your parents must have some amazing pairs. Have you ever borrowed any of theirs?
Yeah! My mom has a pair of red ones, from when Ray-Ban started to make the oversized pairs, and then she had these Thierry Mugler cat-eye sunglasses that had these diamantes on them, like that ’50s thing. I still have them.
Your sister Lizzy recently dyed her hair a super-bright red. Would you ever consider doing something drastic to yours?
I’ve always wanted to do something like that. I used to have kind of pink hair, but just a bit, like blue and pink and purple. It’s funny, though, because she was saying that makeup looks completely different on her now, because the red is so intense and she wears such bright colors usually. But then stuff looks good now that didn’t look good before, like lime green. She was going through all my sunglasses the other day to see what looks good on her, because she didn’t think she could wear black and white with her red hair. I think it looks good, it’s just more intense and more zany.
I saw on Instagram that you were at Glastonbury this year. Did you see anyone great?
I saw the Pixies, I saw Dolly [Parton] from afar—I saw my mom, actually! She performed this year at Glastonbury. She did like three songs with her friend Jean. They have this band, it’s called Paris-Texas & the Uke, and she wore a Chanel cowboy outfit and it was amazing. She’s never really been able to sing, so it’s like amazing that she did this. She writes the songs, and then Jean sings it and Jean’s French, so she’s singing all my mom’s Southern lyrics in a French accent. They were just really cute. We had to wake up really early in the morning to see them because they played at 11 a.m., but it was worth it. It was the best thing I saw at Glastonbury by far. That was their second gig, and my boyfriend helped them try to figure out how to use a computer and stuff. It was really sweet. So now both my parents have played Glastonbury, so I’m really proud.
Are you next?
[Laughs] No, I don’t think so. I prefer to dance by the speaker.
Click through the slideshow above to see behind-the-scenes photos of Georgia May Jagger’s campaign shoot, and to shop some of our favorite summer shades from Sunglass Hut.