“I don’t think I’ve ever done a refined thing in my life,” says Jameela Jamil. This is cool but also tricky, because she’s an ambassador for H&M Studio’s Refined Rebel collection, which is out now and jammed—much like Jameela—with bright and bold ideas. “Can I respectfully pass on being refined?” She laughs. Sure, but thankfully, she didn’t pass up the rest of these questions, because dinosaurs, Kardashians, and video stores are always fun to talk about. Let’s do this!
Please tell us the exact whereabouts of your famous puppy right now.He is sleeping on my lap as we speak. He’s an actual chicken nugget. I just love him so much.H&M’s newest collection is called Refined Rebel. Will you tell us the last rebellious thing you did?I’d say every day of my life is rebellious. Everything I say on the internet is rebellious, and I think just consistently standing against the lack of transparency in this industry is one of my favorite forms of rebellion. And being prepared to be unlikeable, brutally honest, and make mistakes but not disappear after them—to acknowledge them, face them, and come back. These are my moments of rebellion, because a woman is not supposed to make a mistake. A woman is not supposed to tell the truth. A woman is not supposed to ever risk being disapproved of. And I think the way I lean into those things is my form of daily rebellion.What’s the first thing you ever bought at H&M?It was a suit jacket, actually! I’d never owned a blazer before, and I couldn’t afford one anywhere else. I was 14, and I had a job interview for a video store in London. I know, a video store. So I put the blazer over my school uniform to look like a “serious business woman”—and I got the job, so it worked! The red carpet is a bit different now. How are you styling yourself for events in 2020?I think about looking like my-selves—plural. We have so many different facets to ourselves. All the different characters that live within me come out, day-to-day, in my clothes, so fashion really becomes about, “Who do you feel like being today?” Normally when I’m wearing a suit, I’m wearing it as armor. I often wear a baggy suit, and I’m deliberately wearing it to be released from my gender, and from anyone speculating at my body shape. It’s asexual and focused. I just want to look like a very chic brain, you know? I don’t need people…