A cup of coffee changed Jessica Stam’s life.
Recently listed in Forbes Magazine as the fifteenth top earning supermodel in the world, Stam (as she is referred to in the fashion world) never wanted to model. She was born April 10th, 1986 in the small town of Kincardine, Ontario, and originally wanted to be a dentist. Being the only girl with six brothers, Stam was very active and played lots of sports as a kid. Her family was very religious, and she was raised as a devout Christian.
Then, one day, her plans changed. Stam was coming home from Canada’s Wonderland with her family when her parents decided to stop for coffee at a Tim Horton’s, a popular Canadian chain of donut stores. Only fifteen years old at the time, it was here that she was approached by modeling scout Michèle Miller, of Barrie, Ontario’s International Model Management. Stam’s career didn’t jumpstart immediately.
First, she was taught the basics of modeling, from how to walk to how to present herself, by Miller. Once he thought her to be ready for it, Miller sent Stam to New York City, where she shared an apartment with several other aspiring models. When she was sixteen, Miller sent her to Paris where she appeared in a Miu Miu campaign.
During this, famed fashion photographer Stephen Meisel and was instantly attracted to her doll-like features and icy blue eyes. He liked her so much that he featured her in all his ad campaigns. Later that year, she entered an LA based modeling competition – and won.
Soon, Stam appeared everywhere. Her first major magazine cover was on Vogue Italia in September 2003 (her first of six). Since then, she has also appeared on the covers of UK, German, US and Japan, as well as covers for iD, Numéro, Fashion, and Pop.
Marc Jacobs recently named a bag after her, the Marc Jacobs Stam.
She can currently be seen in ad campaigns for Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
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