Model Missy Rayder
From famously shaving her head and eyebrows for Marc Jacobs’ 2002 runway show to gracing the cover of nearly every major magazine, fashion-world maverick Missy Rayder relentlessly proves the beauty of risk-taking, and of following one’s own gut instincts. We caught up with the Manhattanite mom to find out what lucky symbols and daily essentials she relies upon to carry her through a life less ordinary.
Clover: You travel constantly. Any lucky charms you take with you?
Missy Rayder: I never leave home without my little bronze Kali goddess, given to me by a great friend. She is the goddess of time, change and destruction and she is beyond all false consciousness. She isn’t exactly a beauty but she does the trick.
C: Any superstitions you swear by?
MR: Superstition is a strange thing that I must admit I participate in on occasion. I have internal dialogues quite often that are superstitious in the way that they have a repetitive tone. Of course, I tend to do this more in times of uncertainty or in phobic situations which essentially is what superstition is about - believing that a practice of some sort can change your destiny.
C: What are your beauty rituals?
MR: I use Tracie Martyn cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer. I also try to drink a lot of water and don't leave the house without sunscreen on.
C: Is there a spot in the world you think of as lucky?
MR: New York - everything great and horrible has happened to me here.
C: What's your lucky number and what is its significance?
MR: 21. My birthday is June 21st and for some reason this number has always followed me, whether it’s my hotel room number or I look at the clock, 21 always seems to be around. I like to think it’s lucky. I know that may be superstitious!