It’s hard to stand out in this industry. You go to a casting call, and everyone has a certain type, certain hair, and a certain look. But believe it or not, standing out pays off in the end. Work what you’ve got, and soon enough people will notice. I think that is coming true for this Model of the Week, because I just cannot stop looking at her photos. Screw Kate Upton, I want to look like this. Fashion Biters, my Model of the Week is Jade Mary.
Scones Clothing Company: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet right now?
Jade Mary: I have an amazing Peruvian style wool poncho/jumper that goes with everything. And it’s so cozy! It’s a classic piece I know I’ll have forever.
SCC: How would you define your personal style?
JM: It’s feminine and eclectic. I dress by my mood and for my shape.
SCC: Tell me a little about yourself. Where were you born? What’s your educational background?
JM: I was born in Kingston Upon Thames in the South of England and at the age of around 9 I moved with my family up to Northumberland in the North East. I spent most of my time growing up there and went to the University of Sunderland where I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Performing Arts. I then lived in Nicaragua (Central America) for 3 months, where I was doing community development projects with a charity. I now live in London.
SCC: How long have you worked as a model?
JM: Since the age of 14 and then again from the age of 22 with a study break in between. I have been modeling in London for 4 months.
SCC: What fashion icons did you/ do you look up to? Why?
JM: Lana Del Rey is my absolute favourite. Her style is so classic and feminine yet she pushes boundaries and often adds modern, urban elements. The whole vintage Americana thing is mesmerizing. I also love Ellie Goulding, she is feminine but super cool with an indie edge. She is the epitome of British festival chic. And how could I forget SJP?! She’s the best.
SCC: When did you decide to start modeling?
JM: When I was 13 I started an extracurricular fashion course at school and at the end of it, we had a photo shoot where we all styled ourselves using what we’d learnt over the course. It was my first real experience of being in front of a camera and I loved it, so my mum took me to get a professional portfolio done, and soon after I got signed to an agent.
SCC: What was your first show?
JM: A bridal catwalk show aged 16.
SCC: What do you like most about being a model?
JM: I like being able to portray creative ideas and a positive body message. I also like wearing some beautiful clothes, accessories and beauty products.
SCC: What is your favorite thing that you have modeled?
JM: Apart from various bridal gowns, I did a beauty shoot recently with bees and butterflies from a taxidermist stuck to my hair and face. It was a new experience for me and looked amazing!
SCC: I know one of the great things about doing shows are you get to try out some really cool products. Anything beauty or hair products that you totally love now?
JM: A hair stylist recently introduced me to POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder by Schwarzkopf which is great for an instant hair boost. I use and LOVE cleansers and creams by Purely Divine UK – their stuff is natural, smells amazing and I think it is SO important not to load your skin with chemicals so this range is great. I am also addicted to Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, I have quite a few! The colours are great for both night and day, and are long-lasting so you don’t have to keep reapplying. They don’t test on animals either which is important for me.
SCC: What are your goals in the fashion industry?
JM: I would like to model for higher end fashion brands, and be able to inspire more curvy girls to believe in their beauty. Style shouldn’t have a size! I would love to do more work, (as I have in the past) with young girls on self-esteem and body image. My future plans are never definite; I like to see where the wind takes me. I know for sure I’d like to do more travelling with my work, and be able to create a high enough profile for myself that I can raise awareness of important issues in the world. For now I’m on the right path, and I hope the future is full of excitement and wonder.
SCC: What do you think makes you stand out?
JM: At first sight my long dark hair and my curves. Dig a little deeper and you will find my great sense of humour, hard work ethic and my sense of value. Above all I appreciate the family, friends and supporters who have got me to where I am today. Fashion Biters can keep up to date with me at http://www.facebook.com/jademary