Joy Corrigan: Victoria’s Secret Supermodel talks about her Workout, Diet and ‘Naked Species’ her clothing brand 

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Joy Corrigan is an international model, actress, and philanthropist, she has managed to stand out amongst her peers with her passion for acting, her artistic eye for fashion, and her love for animals. With almost 1 million social media followers, Joy Corrigan uses her platform as a way to inspire her fans to reach their goals.

 It isn’t her first time alongside the seasoned actor, she previously starred in the Lionsgate film Reprisal also starring Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo. She’s also previously worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Lionsgate film Aftermath also starring Scoot McNairy (Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico).

 Her love for animals and fashion led her and her sister, Gina (Corrigan) Smith to create NAKED SPECIES, a clothing brand that offers everyday basics with a modern twist to street style, Naked Species infuses art and awareness into every piece, making “Basics” not so basic. The two have always had a passion for art, fashion and protecting the many creatures that coexists on the planet. Naked Species combines their passions for an important purpose.

 As part of the commitment to end the extinction of endangered species, 10% of the proceeds from sales is donated to the Wild Tomorrow Fund (a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of threatened and endangered species and the habitats they depend on for survival). Joy has personally designed each piece with her style and art, so everyone who wears these pieces can proudly display their support for endangered species. Joy has personally designed each piece with her style and art, which anyone wearing the pieces can proudly display their support for endangered species as part of this important movement.

 Originally from North Carolina, Joy grew up in a small town on a farm being one of ten children in a close-knit family. Feeling like a big fish in a small pond, she made the courageous decision to move Mami to model, from there she made her way to Los Angeles, only to pack her bags up and set herself up in the big apple. While in NYC, she signed with Marilyn Agency and continued to elevate her career.

 In previous years, Joy has modeled and shot popular campaigns with Guess, Urban Decay, Frankie’s Bikinis and has walked for designers including Roberto Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood. She has an exclusive contract with Alo Yoga and has partnered up with several brands such as Monet Phone Cases by contributing her own designs. She’s also graced the covers of magazines such as Maxim France, Lucy, Talk, and Resident Magazine as well as the coveted pages of GQ, Playboy (Playmate Feb. 2017), Ocean Drive, Galore, Marie Claire, and Genlux.

 While maintaining a rising career in front of the cameras, Joy is also a loving role-model and dedicates her time to Jade’s Vine Foundation, a foundation she founded that focuses on saving endangered species of plants and animals around the world. She currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys cooking, Yoga and anything beauty/skincare related.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Joy Corrigan, an international model, actress, and philanthropist who talks about her workout, diet and ‘Naked Species’ her clothing brand.

Namita Nayyar:

Tell us about a healthy morning ritual that you follow?

Joy Corrigan:

I try to make my mornings intentional and mindful. Every day, right when I wake up, I start with a large glass of water followed by a quick meditation. Next, I make a fully organic coffee that includes Chaga mushrooms, ashwagandha, and MCT coconut oil while I review my daily to-do list. Finally, I do a light workout, which includes stretching/yoga and a 30-minute jog before starting on my day!

Namita Nayyar:

You are a model, actress, and philanthropist. Which role defines you the best?

Joy Corrigan:

My favorite role is being a philanthropist and using my platform to make a difference in the world. When I’m on set, either as an actress or model, I also try to create positivity and make a difference for the better.

Namita Nayyar:

Please share the best part of your job as a model? Were there challenges along the way or was it an easy process?

Joy Corrigan:

The best part about being a model is getting to bring an idea to life. There’s nothing more validating than seeing a designer’s eyes brighten and fill with tears when they see the designs that they put their whole heart and soul into designing come to life; this makes it all worth it!

And yes, it has been a challenging journey from the very beginning. When I first started, many agencies would not even sign me. They would make many excuses, saying that I was too short (at 5’8”) or that they had a girl that looked just like me—the lists went on. Despite these barricades, I was determined to succeed and never give up.

As time went on, I continued to shoot and create stunning images with talented teams. Funny enough, those same agencies were begging to sign me a year later. Challenges still do persist to this day. I still face rejection at many castings and auditions, but I always stay true to myself and know that the right client will love me!

Namita Nayyar:

Which exercises is an integral part of your workout routine? Five must-do mornings stretches?

Joy Corrigan:

I love to include cardio into my daily routine. Jogging or walking is my favorite. My top 5 stretches are downward dog, splits, backbends, toe touches, and any other easy yoga moves. Recently I have been using the ALO Moves app to learn new stretches!

Namita Nayyar:

Introduce us to your upcoming film also starring Bruce Willis?

Joy Corrigan:

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming movie with Bruce Willis titled, OUT OF DEATH by Bill Lawrence, soon to be filming next month!

Namita Nayyar:

What are your favorite “go-to” meals before and/or after a workout? The secret to a slim torso.

Joy Corrigan:

Before a workout, I try to ensure I’m hydrated with plenty of water and electrolytes. I often consume ketones for an extra boost. After my workouts, I love to make a smoothie loaded with organic berries, almond butter, frozen acai, spinach, celery, cucumber, and a little protein or collagen.

I’ve found that there is no single secret to a slim torso. For me, it comes from hard work and consistently eating healthy, while limiting processed foods as much as possible.

Namita Nayyar:

Meal of the day according to you would be? What does it contain?

Joy Corrigan:

My favorite meal is dinner because this is typically when I get to relax and enjoy a nourishing meal. Sometimes I will also have a glass of wine with my loved ones! I have been trying new recipes a couple of times a week. But on many nights, my dinner includes a healthy protein like wild-caught salmon or other fish, some veggies like steamed asparagus and mushrooms, and a gluten-free carb like rice pasta or a large sweet potato covered in grass-fed ghee.

Namita Nayyar:

Top 3 healthy snack options? What is one diet secret you would like to share?

Joy Corrigan:

Veggies, macadamia nuts, and almond butter are my favorite.

Namita Nayyar:

Define Women Fitness for WF viewers.

Joy Corrigan:

Women Fitness is an all-over-optimal approach that focuses on improving women’s quality of life and longevity through enhanced well-being, healthy eating, and regular exercise.

Namita Nayyar:

Share your workout during quarantine?

Joy Corrigan:

My workout during quarantine includes mainly cardio, yoga, and stretching. I try to start with a 30min jog/walk in the mornings, and then I will finish the day with some yoga and stretching.

Namita Nayyar:

What motivated you to become an actress?

Joy Corrigan:

Ever since I was a child, my siblings and I would perform skits and plays for our friends and parents. Acting has always been a part of me and a huge passion of mine. In more recent years, I started taking many different acting classes with talented teachers and fellow students.

Seeing how much I could learn and improve through training has ultimately encouraged me to take the step and fully pursue my dream to be an actress as a career. 

Namita Nayyar:

Social media is instrumental in today’s era. How has it served you well?

Joy Corrigan:

I’m happy I started making an effort to prioritize social media at the same time it began to skyrocket. Social media has really helped me to optimize my reach and voice to my friends and fans. I’m incredibly grateful to have this platform, and I think that my career would be different without it.

Social media is an instrumental part of this industry, where any artist can showcase their image, lifestyle, and personality, through photos and videos. I have also noticed that clients gravitate towards booking models and actresses, whose Instagram accounts align with the company’s overall image and values.

Namita Nayyar:

You and your sister have also created a clothing brand, NAKED SPECIES. What was the idea behind it? What is the message your brand aims to deliver?

Joy Corrigan:

It was the combination of my love for animals and fashion that led my sister Gina [Corrigan] Smith and I to create Naked Species; ’a clothing brand that offers everyday basics with a modern twist to street style. Naked Species infuses art and awareness into every piece, making “Basics” not so basic.’

When I was a child, I would draw different kinds of clothing and when I’m set on with designers, I ask questions about how and where they do their production. I love fashion and creating all the designs and my sister, Gina is the business side of it.

Namita Nayyar:

What are some athleisure brands that you love?

Joy Corrigan:

Alo Yoga, PE Nation, and Wolven Threads.

Namita Nayyar:

Any advice you would like to give to your younger inner self?

Joy Corrigan:

Never give up! It might seem simple, but there have been many times in my past where I’ve wanted to give up.

Namita Nayyar:

Any message for your 691K followers on Instagram? What is the best compliment you have received on a post?

Joy Corrigan:

My message would be: Without your love and support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. So many kind words from friends and fans have helped to push me through all the difficult times! Specifically, my favorite comment is when someone says that my post has brightened their day!

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