Courtney James aka “CJ”

How long have you been modeling?

8 years full-time.

How did you get scouted?

In a cafe when I was younger in Perth, then I walked into an agency years later to ask about TV presenting/acting and they were eager to sign me on their modeling board.

Where are you from and where are you based now?  

I’m from Perth, Western Australia.  Currently between NYC and LA.

Most memorable modeling experience?  

Flying on  a private jet to remote South Australia for a Seed campaign.


Health, nutrition, and various healing modalities!  Tennis, hiking in nature.

Fun or interesting fact about you?

I speak French fluently after spending a year studying there AND I’ve always been obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Top 3 favorite smells? 

Lavender, wood (palo santo) and ocean water.

Coffee or tea?

Both!  Coffee and herbal tea.

If you had to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be?

A horse or a whale.

What would be your desert island playlist?

Old school lounge grooves like Blue Six or Lisa Shaw.

Single food you can’t live without?

Avocado and dark chocolate.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional tennis player more seriously, a gymnast or ballerina in my dreams!

If you could visit anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?

I’d go home to Perth and visit my family and friends that I haven’t seen in way too long!  South Africa or Japan, for a new adventure!

Name the movie you have seen so many times you can almost recite it.

Now and Then and Walk The Line.

Describe your dream hair.

Voluminous, kinky wavy shiny locks!

What is your favorite everyday go-to hairstyle?

I let my hair air dry and add some nourishing oil for shine and a mist of sea salt spray for texture and to give it a slight wave.

Biggest hair challenge?

Consistently making it look good!  Knotted hair (particularly on the under side).  I have a lot of hair and it is fine so it knots up easily. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever done to your hair?

I have kept my hair very tame over the years.

Do you have any favorite hair tools, products or treatments?

I love ILES FORMULA and SHU UMERA hair oil.  I try to limit tools and products where possible.  Au natural, baby!  The HERBIVORE sea mist is great!


photographed by Angela Marklew @ 7 Artist Management,  model Courtney James @ Vision Los Angeles , makeup Nicole Walmsley,  hair Ashley Lynn Hall @ Art Department