Photo: The Cut
Jessica Clarke‘s star is on the rise. After a seriously impressive sophomore season where she walked for everyone from Calvin Klein (exclusively) to Paul Smith, D&G and Dolce and Gabbana to Lanvin, the 17 year old Palmerston North native’s upward trajectory is continuing – she officially has a campaign under her belt. Most Kiwi models would be lucky to bag a Zambesi, Kate Sylvester or a Stolen Girlfriends Club campaign straight off the bat, but Clarke went a little further afield. Her first campaign? D&G Spring 2011, shot by Mario Testino (verified by her agency, Clyne Management). GO THE KIWIS!
Clarke was interviewed by James Lim on The Cut last week. Quotes below.
On how she was scouted:
“I first got discovered when I was at the movies with my family. Kim Larking, the director of Clyne Management in New Zealand, discovered me.”
On the Calvin Klein experience:
“The experience was amazing! There were tons of girls at the casting so by the time it was my turn two hours later I was super nervous for the whole two minutes that it actually took to meet everyone. The show’s casting directors Maida [Gregori Boina] and Rami [Fernandes] were super cool and supportive, so it made things way easier and calmed my nerves. Francisco [Costa] and Camilla [Nickerson] were with us at the fittings and at the castings and they were truly amazing people to be around, super creative and talented. Also when doing the fittings I made a really good friend, Theres Alexandersson.”
On how she stays trim:
“I love to exercise with friends and go to the gym. But other than that I don’t have a extreme diet or anything. I just like to keep balanced and follow the food pyramid rules. My secret is plenty of water, it keeps my skin clear.”
On the 10 year plan:
“In ten years I would love to be on my private island swinging in a hammock. But no, I would love to be successful, of course, and maybe even become a top model. And have my health science and fashion design degree.”
On her (as yet) lack of money:
“Unfortunately, I’m still a typical broke 17-year-old that lives off her parents, so no great designer buys to date, but I’m really looking forward to my first big splurge.”
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