Despite being quarantined at home for months, Jessica Wang still sports stilettos.
“I’ve actually been wearing heels for my TikToks and my photo shoots,” the social-media influencer told The Post. “As soon as I’m done with the shoes, I take them off and put on sweats.”
Even cooped up in her New York-area house, the Instagram star’s schedule is busier than ever. Her days have been filled with cranking out content for her 850,000 Instagram followers and her blog, Not Jess Fashion, homeschooling two daughters and launching her first clothing collection through Amazon.
“I’ve been keeping productive,” the 29-year-old said. In a regular year, her husband, Daniel, and their children Hazel, 8, and Capri, 5, would be jetting off to Provence in the south of France for summer vacation. “At first it was quite a shock, because all we do is travel,” she said. “I really missed traveling in the beginning. But we just adapted to it very quickly. Now we’re completely fine at home.”
Wang has a knack for making the best of hard circumstances. At 16 years old, she got a culture shock when her family moved from Tianjin, China, to Boston. “It was really different, she said. “It was so quiet. I didn’t speak a word of English. That was really tough. But as a kid you pick it up really quickly.”
Wang also excelled at math, studying finance at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., and later relocating to Forest Hills, Queens, to work for Morgan Stanley. She was the most stylish person at the office, by far.
“I think I was always too fashion-forward for finance,” she said. “And I wasn’t even dressing that fashionably! The environment is just so different.”
That’s when she fatefully chose Louboutins over ledgers.
“I quickly realized that investment banking wasn’t my calling,” she said. “It was the same thing over and over, I felt trapped. I took to Instagramming as an outlet to express my creativity.”
In 2014 she started her blog, and “everyone thought, ‘Oh, you’re passionate about it, you do it as a hobby,’ ” remembered Wang. “That’s what I was doing, and the brands started reaching out.”
Soon after, she quit her 9-to-5 to devote her full energy to fashion. Now, brands and designers will pay Wang to promote their products, and she has worked with heavy hitters such as Tom Ford, Fendi and Bulgari.
And her hubby is doing double duty, too — as father and fotog. The two met through the finance industry, when Daniel was working for a hedge fund. Like his wife, he’s abandoned his dusty desk job to invest in her booming career. “Now he’s my partner, he’s my photographer, personal assistant,” Wang said. “He does everything!”
She’s expanding her portfolio, too. The Instagram maven was thrilled to design her first collection of five pieces, which was available on Amazon for only two days in June. “I was really inspired to design something bold and elevate your wardrobe for the modern working woman,” said Wang of her inspiration.
Some of Wang’s best ideas come from her littlest admirers — her kids. “They’ll tell me if they like my outfit or not,” the mom said. “They’re very bold in terms of style. And they style themselves, too. Sometimes it’s pretty funky.”
Several influencers have come under fire in the past few months for not taking the coronavirus seriously enough, but Wang likes to mix fun with social responsibility.
“I’m always trying to lead by example, even telling people how to wash their hands or something small,” she said, adding that she gets life and style pointers from her many fans.
“As I’m teaching people, I’m also learning as well,” she said.
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