MODEL ROLE MODEL
A Spotlite on Maybelline Spokesmodel JESSICA WHITE
By Anita Marie Antonini
Jessica White was only 16 years old when she was scouted to become a model and that moment changed her life forever. The now 25 year old was born in Buffalo, NY, and then later moved to NYC to pursue her career. She is as versatile as she is worldly and that translates on film and into her modeling. With a combination of edgy sophistication and striking beauty, she characterizes the image of the Maybelline New York brand.
White has walked the runway for fashion designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs. She was called the “model of her generation” by Tyra Banks. She has graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue Italia and many more.
While still hitting the runways and posing for the camera, White is also anticipating the next chapter in her life. She says she’s planning to eventually relocate back to Buffalo, NY, where the house that she hopes to share with her future family (including husband and children someday) is under construction. She’s also helping to further develop the Angels Wings Foundation, a safe harbor for abuse victims that will house 30 women. She says: “For the rest of my life, I’m going to dedicate my time to teaching young women that you can emerge empowered after any bad situation.”
Anita Marie Antonini: As well as being a model, you are a role model, specifically for women and children of abuse. I know that philanthropy and giving back is important to you with your involvement in your charity, The Angels Wings Foundation.
Jessica White: Thank you, I am so honored to be considered a role model especially for this cause. I started the Angels Wings Foundation because it is my life story. There are so many young girls and women out there who just don’t have a voice. I’m advocating for them.
AMA: We have been hearing about an upcoming collaboration with Russell Simmons and Gabrielle Union on an anti-child abuse initiative. Can you please tell us about that?
JW: I’m very proud to be producing this YouTube campaign with Russell Simmons and some other celebrity friends with similar stories. We’re taking on a topic that’s taboo to talk about in America and bringing light to it.
We’re giving people a whole new outlook on sexual abuse and domestic violence by putting a face to it. My goal is to change the definition of sexual abuse, and ultimately end it for good.
AMA: Besides using your high profile career as a platform for doing good, please tell us what is your favorite aspect of being a Maybelline New York spokesmodel?
JW: There are so many perks to being a Maybelline spokesmodel, but my favorite is that I get to change the perception of what beauty is. In our society, beauty is typically defined in only one way, and I love that other young women of color can look at me and identify with my eye color, my grade of hair, my skin tone, and also feel beautiful.
AMA: We know that you have a love of music and are obviously a true multi-tasking, up-for-anything kind of girl. Any news you can report on a career in music?
JW: Yes, I have always had a passion for music, ever since I was a little girl. All types of music, everything! It is an industry I would definitely love to get into in the future.
Jessica White is a Maybelline spokesmodel.
Written by Anita Marie Antonini
Photography by Kenneth Willardt / Courtesy of Maybelline New York
Design by Marie Havens
Jessica White, Maybelline New York Fit Me campaign, Photography by Kenneth Willardt / Courtesy of Maybelline New York