Jordyn Woods has had quite an eventful year so far. She started off as the BFF to Kylie Jenner and a close insider to the Kardashian klan, but after a scandal involving Khloe Kardashian and her baby daddy Tristan Thompson, Woods found herself fighting to rebuild and repair her own identity.
Woods recently sat down with Teen Vogue and opened up about the drama she’s had this year, and what it’s taught her about being her own woman.
“Everyone is trying to figure out what I’m doing but, to be honest, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m finding my self-worth,” she said to the mag. “At 21, this is the very beginning, even though I feel so old. This is the time you figure out who you are, and don’t let anyone define you.”
Woods said she used her hobby of journaling to help her get through her feelings during the chaotic time last February when a wild rumor spread that she and basketball player Tristan Thompson had behaved inappropriately with one another.
Jordyn shared some heartfelt passages from her journals with Teen Vogue and recalled where she was mentally at the time of the writings.
One particular passage discussed questions about love, what it means, who we give it to, and whether we can give it to others without feeling it for ourselves. Jordyn wrote that the ultimate gift is loving yourself, and it’s necessary to do that before we can tell others how we need to be loved. “You have to set the tone, be affirmative,” she told the mag.
“Do we even know what unconditional love is?” she read. “It’s such a special thing to tell someone you love them.”
Woods is currently working on her own clothing collections. She’s launched two, one in partnership with Boohoo, the most recent of which comes in sizes 2 to 24.
And the other is a line of workout clothes called SECNDNTURE. Both work to promote body positivity and body inclusivity.
Woods has also been an outspoken advocate for mental health and was recently a guest star on ”Grown-ish” talking about that very issue.
“I wish there was a course that everyone had to take,” Woods said about the importance of promoting mental health. “We should open the conversation of mental health and start discussing it in classrooms, and among each other. Especially in the black community — that’s not something we talk about.”
Jordyn has relied on her mother and manager Elizabeth Woods and her siblings as her support system during the difficult time of finding herself. And of course her relationship with the Smiths, who helped her changed the narrative being formed against her during the fallout.
“Identity is something everyone struggles with. Everyone wants to fit in and find their place, and it’s so hard sometimes. Everyone tries to be the same person because they don’t know who they are,” she said.