It’s summer and that means on Fridays everyone should be sneaking out of work a little bit early to go on a weekend jaunt or grab a drink on a sunny rooftop. The fashion industry, which works really hard, also knows how to cut loose and play hard. In our new weekly column, called Summer Fridays, we catch up with industry insiders to find out what they do, where they go, and what they bring with them when they escape the daily grind. We’ve jetted off Karen Walker and skipped town with Anna Sui. This week, we’re catching up with Katy Perry’s stylist–and new ANTM judge–Johnny Wujek. Bon voyage!
Don’t recognize the name Johnny Wujek? You and everyone in the fashionable crowd soon will when the celebrity stylist makes his television debut as Mr. Jay’s replacement on the next season of America’s Next Top Model. That’s right, Wujek was hand-selected by Tyra Banks herself to be one member of the completely new cast (including Kelly Cutrone, model Rob Evans, and blogger Bryan Boy). Wujek, who got his big break styling for BFF Katy Perry, has gone on to provide his Midas Touch to others like Nicki Minaj and Shakira. When the ever-busy former model for NEXT isn’t hard at work, he’s out skinny dipping in pools and dodging near-hijackings with Shakira. Yes, we’ll let him tell that story.
Fashionista: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on vacation?
Johnny Wujek: Snuck into a closed pool and skinny dipped with four of my friends.
What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you on vacation?
There was an attempted hijacking of our bus in South Africa when I was there with Shakira for the World Cup.
Who’s the one person you travel with the most, and why?
I like to mix it up. Not one person in particular–but only easy going, go-with-the-flow type friends. Because I can’t deal otherwise.
Where’s one place you’d never go back to?
Niagara Falls (been there, done that)
What’s the most exotic meal you’ve had while away?
Escargot. Never had, finally tried and LOVED IT.
What do you wish you had done while on vacation?
Jumped off a waterfall in Jamaica, in Nigril. I’m a pussy when it comes to that.
What have you fallen in love with while on vacation?
Ricky Bennick. He’s the one I’ve been looking for my whole life.
What’s your favorite song of the summer?
“Call Me Maybe.” Yeah, I’m a 10-year-old girl at heart.
If you could go back to any one spot you’ve been to, what would you do?
JUMP OFF THAT WATERFALL IN JAMAICA.