When you ask Jasmine Jordan, how many pairs of sneakers she owns, she says it depends on the state. Den 25 årige datter af basketball Michael Jordan holder omkring 300 par i hendes hjem i North Carolina (alt der kan passe der, siger hun). Her parents fell back in 2006, and Jasmine, their only daughter together, has footwear in both homes: with her mother Juanita Vanoy Jordan’s house in Chicago and her father in Florida. Hun holder også nogle på sin brors sted. “I have shoes everywhere,” says she “, which makes it easy to travel. I never have to pack shoes.” Så nej, dette æble faldt ikke langt fra træet.
Ligesom hendes sneaker garderobe, kan Jasmine findes på begge sider af landet. Bare et par år fra Syracuse University, where she studied sports management, she now works as a representative of the Nike Jordan brand, where she helped with the design, coloring and direction of the Jordan Heiress collection, which fell earlier this year. Når hun ikke har travlt i Nike HQ i Oregon, er hun hjemme i Charlotte, North Carolina, hvor hun arbejder med Hornets, NBA-holdet, som hendes far ejer.
Man ville forvente på twentysomething-barnet til en af basketballens største til at leve en spændende livsstil, men Jasmine – ligesom sin berygtede elusive far – siger, at hun er en homebody, og hidtil har hun haft en lav profil. She participated in the public gymnasium in Chicago, which she credits for expanding her worldview, and let her understand the way others lived. “Well, it really seemed that we were not so different,” she said by her classmates. “Udover min far gjorde hvad han gjorde, og deres forældre gjorde noget anderledes.”
Først fortæller hun Med stil Just how different it was raised by Michael Jordan, how she feels about looking into the family industry, and the selected few Andet sneaker mærker hun kan lide at bære.
When we first met seven months ago, did you tell me that you considered your father’s star and yourself, “Just Jasmine.” Hvad er der blevet ændret? Why are you now ready to open yourself up to the world?
Ved du hvad der skete? Tid! Tid har virkelig hjulpet mig med at blive behagelige med ikke kun at være Jasmine, men også Michael Jordans datter. I’m finally embracing who I am; I’m finally ready to share myself with who wants to know who I am and to hear my story. I would not really say anything especially pushed me against it, just getting familiar with understanding this is my life.
Hvad betyder det, “dette” er dit liv?
At Michael Jordans daughter comes with lots of assumptions that people have a tendency to do just outside batermus. Jeg får hvorfor folk ville tro på jeg spiller basketball, i’m spoiled or whatever it may be. Der er altid nogle negative og positive indblandinger. It took me to realize that at the end of the day I know who Jasmine is and the people who make assumptions and have their own preconceptions about me do not. I actually enjoy debunking some of these assumptions by letting people know me so they can divorce, yes, I’m my father’s children, but I’m also jasmin.
Ved at vokse op forstod du at du var datter af en legende?
I was clearly not aware that he grew up who he was. Han var “langt”, og det var det. Det var først i min pre-teens omkring 12 eller 13 år, jeg bogstaveligt talt gik på YouTube og kiggede op “Michael Jordan” for bare at se hvorfor alle var så besatte. I remember being younger and my classmates tell me, “You’re lucky to have Michael Jordan as a father,” and they always asked how it was and all I could say is “he’s just my father and it’s fun .” It did not hurt me, he was the phenomenon, as he is. I will ask him questions all the time as: “Why do you think you’re the biggest?” og han ville bare grine.
Din langt indehaver en lav profil; vi ser sjældent ham ud. Hvorfor det?
You know what, my far is like me: much a homebody and has always been a private person. He has just happened to have chosen a profession that was made for the public, and honestly I think if he could have had his same career without fame, he would still do it. Du vil ikke fange skinke i New York City eller L.A., unless it’s for business.
You and dine siblings are also quite uncomfortable. Why do not you live everyone out there who lives heirs and heirs?
It has a lot to do with how my mother traveled. Min far sagde altid: “Du går ud og gør hvad du vil, if you want life, I support you.” My mother drew more about: “I’ll raise you how I think you’re supposed to be and when you’re grown up, you decide what to do.” We were all raised in Chicago, our family would come over every weekend, and my mother made us understand where we came from and in this life was a blessing and not taking it for granted. Now that we are all older, we do. [Min bror] Jeffrey er en anden homebody, der bor i Portland; [and our other brother] Marcus is more open to the public personality and does not mind showing up for a party or making an interview. And, I’m a combination of them both.
Hvad var det som at være den eneste pige i Jordan-familien?
Now will be my far again gift, and I have little twin sisters. Mænd mellem Jeffrey, Marcus og mig selv var det anderledes. Mine brødre spillede basketball, som stort set smed dem lige ind i spotlighten og alt der følger med vores familie. There was much less pressure as the only girl in the Jordan family at the time, but it also gave me the freedom to do what I wanted and what I wanted. I had a blank slate to do and try anything – and that’s what I did. Jeg dansede, spillede volleyball og endda flag fodbold. I tried basketball very short, but both my father and I knew that it was not for me. Men i den tid var jeg i stand til at tage væk, hvem min far var til alle andre, and it certainly brings us closer; till this day I still identify as father’s girl.
Hvad var skolen som for dig?
For det meste var skolen let. Mine første til år på gymnasiet gik jeg til en privat Jesuit Katolsk Akademi i Wilmette, Illinois. For my junior and senior year I was transferred to public school: To completely different experiences. Public school was far more my speed, for I witnessed different life qualities, learned and met people living on the West and South of Chicago. I would not have experienced it at private school. I gave great pleasure to folkeskolen, as I could understand that the average person does not live like me. Det var til tider blæsende at høre mine klassekammeraters historier om deres opdragelser. We would compare and contrast how I lived and how they lived and it was strange enough, it turned out we were not so different unless my father did what he did and their parents did something different.
Hvad var receptionen som på folkeskolen? Skal du kæmpe for at være kendt som individ?
It was originally a bit hard, for there was no hide that I was Michael Jordanas daughter. All stared bare, whispered and had side conversations about me. There was much to try to find out why I was there. I also had a hard time just before college. I tweeted at Syracuse University, and at that point I did not have so many followers, so I did not think much about it. A local media release caught my tweet and drove it as if there was an interview and I was angry! I was very sorry because it was like first, I did not interview, and secondly, you just took my tweet and spun a story, I did not have anything to say. It was frustrating, because when I arrived at campus I had to deal with staring from all. I was judged and talked about before I had the opportunity to ask a question in class. Men universitetet og mine professorer forsikrede mig om ikke at behandle mig anderledes.
You have studied sports leadership in school. Hvordan bruger du den grad?
I just went to field after exam. Jeg omkring fire årstider arbejdede jeg for Charlotte Hornets som en basketballoperationskoordinator. I am now working full time for Nike and Jordan Brand as field representative in sports marketing.
I’m still associated with Hornets myself with my role in the Nike and Jordan brand, as I represent some of Hornet Jordan players like Kemba Walker, Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky og Dwayne Bacon. As long as I am connected to basketball, athletes and athletics in one way or another, I will be happy.
Din bror Marcus ejer Trophy Room, en skohandel i Disney World, der betaler hyldest til din far. Tell us about your work with surname or heritage.
Så vores Jordan Women’s Heiress kollektion blev lanceret tilbage i januar, og jeg har været en del af hele processen fra at designe, vælge farver og skubbe mere feminine produkter. Jeg vil ligesom min bror Marcus gerne sørge for at our father’s birthday continues and working with the mark from the bottom prepares us for the day he decides he wants to go aside.
What does your daily look like??
Lad mig bare sige hvem der sagde at arbejde fra hjemmet var let løjet! I Charlotte, I work from home, and in Oregon I have an office [at Nike]. Mine dage består af telefonopkald og e-mails. Sørg for, at de spillere, jeg repræsenterer, har deres sneakers, beklædning, alt hvad de har brug for hele sæsonen, og nu hvor vi er i offseasonen, de har skuespil, fotografering, mediedækning osv. Som alle håndteres af mig. So I’m constantly gluing to my phone, laptop and a person’s Wi-Fi.
Din forlovede, Rakeem Christmas, er en NBA-spiller selv; hvordan mødtes jeg?
Rakeem og jeg mødte på Syracuse på college. He was my first friend on campus and we became best friends while we were there. It was only after we finished, and after he went through the NBA draft, he realized that he had feelings for me – and at first I was like it’s a little weird [laughing]; we are so close friends! Mænd hende er vi tre og et halvt år senere forlovet.
What was the introduction to far-lovedest som?
Honestly I was more nervous than Rakeem. I do not introduce many people to my father, so when Rakeem actually met him, it was a bit hysterical because they were both nervous and just creepily sat there and did not know what to ask, which made me step in and break isen. Today they are almost like best friends, and it’s a little rough, but I’m glad that it was smooth sailing and it’s been a good time since.
He met my mother well before we even started dancing back when she wanted to visit me at Syracuse and they are as close as him and my dad and probably text every week.
Okay, lad os come to the question of everybody’s mind: How many pairs of Jordans do you own??
It is safe to assume somewhere around 500 sneakers. As I mentioned before, I have sneakers everywhere and the collection continues to grow.
Have you only allowed to carry Jordans; er din langt streng over det?
I think honestly not that he really would care about it. Men ærligt, det er ligesom, vi er de bedste, hvorfor skulle jeg bære noget andet? Jordan er top-notch, og jeg siger det ydmygt. If I have other sneakers, it’s from brands like Balenciaga, Gucci and others like. Du vil ikke fange mig i nogen konkurrerende mærker. Men jeg vil bære Nike og Converse, da vi alle er i et partnerskab.
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Og vi kan tale om dit ejerskab af uudleverede sneakers?
Umm, jeg har meget! And certainly now that we have launched women’s, I will say about 150.
Bliv dine venner bombarderet med sneaker-anmodninger?
Du ved, mine venner beder mig aldrig om at være ærlige. It’s almost as if it never crosses their minds. Yes, they are Jordans, and they share how difficult it was to get them, but very rarely they actually ask me. If they should ask, I would just fine, so when they have trouble getting their sneakers, and I know it will be difficult for them, I will definitely get them to a couple.