Birth Date: 1984
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA
"But dear Jessica, she is doing what the best models know to do. She is summing up the situation with her face, her eyes, her body language and vibing with the "Hi-I'm -Wilt-Chamberlain's Girlfriend" subtext and spitting it back to us with supreme poise. A bad model would have gotten lost in the "madness" and the excess. A weak model would have been overpowered. " -At a models.com shoot
Modeling Work :
Sure there were the edgy editorial stunners aplenty. "The New Wave" girls with one sheath of super-cool hair flapping over one eye rocked. I distinctly remember the swish and swagger that even the youngest of the Brazilians seemed to possess genetically, but a glowing wholesome New American Girl was oddly missing from the formula.
So now a year later, when we book her for this current MODELS.com cover, it does not shock that Jessica White is the girl with the most cake. An exclusive Cover Girl contract under her belt- (a killer follow up to her beauty.com campaign), the scorching Spring 2001 Chloe ad photographed by Taryn Simon, a gig in Teen Vogue, two editorials with Harper's Bazaar (including a swimsuit shoot with Mini Anden shot by Demarchelier in St Barts) and a suite of coveted Fall 2001 New York fashion shows clogging up her charts at the start of Fashion Week. A year can wield strange changes in a model but the Jessica who arrives bright and early that January morning (with her sister Pam in tow) is the same beautiful gamine of a year ago, a little more comfortable with the spin of the fashion whirl but still flashing that megawatt smile.
"It's been great," enthuses Jessica. "I've learnt so much and I've met so many incredible people, it's been everything I hoped for. Plus I'm going to LA to go on some castings as an actress because a lot of people have been approaching me about that!"
As well they should, I note as Jessica's exquisite little face is buried in a gigantic Afro-wig to match Fausto Pugilisi's perfectly impractical fur bikini studded with Swarsowski crystals.
And how was shooting the Chloe ad? I prompt as Jessica sidles up to the marble fireplace. Martha Camarillo, our beloved photographer is firing the Polaroids.
"Of so the horses weren't photo-shopped in?
But there is something that was there in Jessica from that first day that I met her. There was something that you could tell every time you made eye contact with her. She was a transformer. Give her a context and she will occupy it, whether clean and wholesome, sexy and saucy or even satirical and camp and the girl can go there. And that ability is what makes a model far more interesting and compelling than just her pretty face.
At shoot's end when Jessica and Pam slide into a car that will bear them back to the airport, back to Buffalo, back to a sane world without fur bikinis and foot high Afros, it occurs to me Jessica lives in two worlds, her world and then this world where taking pictures is just a job. And when she smiles, as she does so winningly on the cover, it's a smile that is fearless of consequences and issues of hipness and non-hipness that can ruin the spontaneity that fashion needs.
Jessica White Nude: