Backstage

  • Janesha Levelons, Ajang Majok and Shelita Thomas at Miss Lily's in NYC
  • <h2>Janesha Levelons</h2><br />
<b>What is your personal style?</b><br />
Vibrant, original and loud<br />
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<b>What inspires you?</b><br />
All the different colors around me, from nature to the streets<br />
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<b>What’s your favorite meal?</b><br />
Curried chicken roti —it’s an addiction!<br />
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<b>What’s your beauty routine before going to work?</b><br />
Deep cleansing and moisturizing my face. A little cover-up, mascara and lip gloss, then off I go to Jamaica (aka Miss Lily’s).<br />
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<b>Any tips for transitioning from a day at work to a night out?</b><br />
Just add red lipstick and at least 4-inch heels<br />
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<b>What do you do when you’re not at Miss Lily’s?</b><br />
I’m also a freelance model.
  • <h2>Shelita Thomas</h2><br />
<b>What is your personal style?</b><br />
My style is an eccentric blend of many cultures. I enjoy vibrant colors, awesome accessories and vintage treasures.<br />
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<b>What inspires you?</b><br />
I am inspired by life, love, art, everything in my environment and knowing we have the ability to co-create our destiny.<br />
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<b>What’s your favorite meal?</b><br />
Delicious vegan dumpling soup—or the vegan bushman bowl at Miss Lily’s<br />
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<b>What’s your beauty routine before going to work?</b><br />
My beauty routine before I go to work is yoga and meditation, dancing—it helps me find my rhythm—and “Me Zen” is also good for blood circulation and releasing stress. A shot of chlorophyll—it’s a must-have—Zico coconut water and a steam shower.<br />
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<b>Which beauty and fashion items can’t you live without?</b><br />
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in peppermint or almond. For my skin, I apply Bare Minerals beauty products, organic shea butter and coconut oil. As for fashion, I love my <a href='http://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Again-Design-Studio/114286938591162' target='blank'>LIVE AGAIN</a> custom-designed Bob Marley Denim Jacket and <a href='http://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Again-Design-Studio/114286938591162' target='blank'>LIVE AGAIN</a> accessories.<br />
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<b>What do you do when you’re not at Miss Lily’s?</b><br />
I am an artist, creative director, model and performer.<br />
  • <h2>Ajang Majok</h2><br />
<b>What is your personal style?</b><br />
Unique and fashionable <br />
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<b>What inspires you?</b><br />
My country—for what they have been fighting for, what they believe in. And my mother, who inspires me the most. Also, creative people and hard-working people who fight for what they want and never give up.<br />
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<b>What’s your favorite meal?</b><br />
Sudanese food, steak and oxtail.<br />
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<b>Any tips for transitioning from a day at work to a night out?</b><br />
Apply fresh makeup and add a small amount of perfume. Dress down your outfit for the day, and dress it up at night with accessories.<br />
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<b>What are the beauty products/fashion items you can’t live without?</b><br />
My facial wash products from Kiehls, my flat Converse shoes for walking and my heels for the night.<br />
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<b>What do you do when you’re not at Miss Lily’s?</b><br />
I'm a model
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Apr 9, 2012

Service with a Smile

New York City has no shortage of attractive waiters and waitresses (all those burgeoning actors, musicians, and models), but many would agree that some of Manhattan’s most stylish are serving jerk chicken, escovitch fish and curried goat at Miss Lily’s, a trendy Jamaican diner on Houston. Collarbone-skimming earrings, towering chunky heels, tie-died leggings—their audacious clothes draw even more attention than the restaurant’s bright orange booths and see-and-be-seen patrons. Click through the slideshow above to learn how three of the servers manage to look so stunning (aside from their enviable genes, of course). -Molly Fergus
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