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Saturday, 1 August 2009

"Make Me Jenny Shimizu" - interview with Asiance Magazine

Jenny Shimizu entered the modeling world in 1993 after being discovered riding her Triumph motorcycle by Kelly and Calvin Klein. Once settled in New York, she quickly scored work on the runway, walking in shows for Donna Karan, Yohji Yamamoto, Versace, Prada, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Shimizu went on to model in numerous ad campaigns and countless editorials. She has worked with some of the industry's top photographers, including Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, and Mario Testino.

Shimizu has appeared in a number of television shows, including America's Next Top Model, E!'s Sexiest Top Models, and is currently a series regular on Dante's Cove.

Shimizu is an incredible mechanic and can be found restoring Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Cadillacs from the 1940's, 50's 60's. She is also an avid motorcycle rider with an affinity and love for Ducati's.

ASIANCE: How did you become a judge on Bravo TV's Make Me a Supermodel

Jenny: Wow. It’s pretty basic. I received a phone call. They asked me to do a screen test for “A show”, a competition show. They didn’t tell me what it was for. I basically shot a screen test in Los Angeles and three weeks later they asked me if I would be a judge on Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel. Quick standard nothing exciting!

ASIANCE: What do you think are some differences in the modeling industry today and when you were really doing it?

Jenny: The major difference is that all the girls and agents have cell phones. It’s like an invisible leash on all the young girls. I hung around with a few models from the ‘90’s and we thought, god it would never be quite like it was in the ‘90’s (modeling industry). It was very different than what it is now. We were sitting around talking about it and we came to the conclusion that it is cell phones now. It’s definitely better for the agencies and the girls working. It’s good for discipline. They know where you are.

ASIANCE: Are the models more disciplined now you think?

Jenny: Oh definitely. I went out with a couple of the Victoria Secret girls. They all go to the gym. Eat really well. Go to all their auditions. They are just a really different breed. I think people just started being more professional at an earlier age, whereas back then we were all just kids, big city, traveling together, and doing all sorts of things.

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