Kathryn Jones, 20, was given the nickname Kitty Kat Jonesy Jones when she started rapping in seventh grade science class in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Years after, people continue to ask her to freestyle at parties but she politely declines. However, in her bedroom, she penned down rhythmic thoughts. Sitting in a royal blue knee-length dress at Madison Square Park on one mid-September , she reveals a world where she was bombarded with negative stereotypes in her growing years. Kathryn Jones, an idealist, is striving to create a world where she can reply, “Yes, I can” when anybody says, “You can’t.” 

On Being One of Three “Jones Girls”…

Our parents or teachers might have compared my two older sisters and I, but I didn’t really care. Being the youngest means I can rebel and change the game. Most of the time, we all do our own thing or do it together – never against. My sisters and I all have most of our high school experience at different schools, look different, participated in different activities, and have different career goals and hobbies. Just because we get called, “the Jones Girls” doesn’t mean we don’t have unique identities that get noticed.

On Her High School Identity…

I was in Catholic school for a long time. For high school, I moved to Old Bridge High School, a public school, where initially everyone assumed that Catholic school girls one of two things–rich and snobby or extremely innocent–or both. I was the new kid for a while but then I had a clique that my friend Rocky dubbed “Super Crew.” Out of all my friends, I was always the one with the wacky crazy ideas.

On the Dreams She Fashioned

When I was young, I used to try to make dryer sheet dresses for my Barbie and design dresses with crayons and stencils with my sister. I wanted to be a Victoria’s Secret angel because the models had more womanly figures and were also mothers. You could see their husbands clapping on the side of the runway. But mainly, I loved the walking aspect of VS Angels. Unlike other runway models, they had attitude when they walked. They were fun and flirty.

 

On the Fashion Dilemma

When I took journalism classes and became a yearbook editor in high school, I wanted to pursue journalism. I wrote one fashion article in school and one for Washington Square News but I have more sports journalism experience. I have written for sports sections in my high school yearbook and newspaper as well as my own magazine (about millennial culture written by millennials) and Washington Square News. People see me, they see pink and they assume I can’t be a sports writer.

On Her Identity Search…

Because of my looks, a security guard questioned whether I was a student here once. I also had a woman on the street grab her purse as she cringed when I wanted to photograph her outfit for my internship. However, people usually support me. I had a few members of my freshman year floor come to a school show I was modeling in. This is New York City. Everybody literally models on the side.

 On Her Life Today…

I feel like I have wants but am given too little options that suffice the— that’s how I ended up in Gallatin. It’s hard deciding when something doesn’t seem perfect. And it’s hard letting go when you know perfection doesn’t really exist. A lot of people suggested, I should just look pretty and dance. At 20, getting this far, making the dean’s list, proving a lot of people wrong make up the greatest moments of my life.

By ANANYA BHATTACHARYA