Playful sensuality is the word that comes to mind when viewing Jessica’s photos. She isn’t your typical model all skin and bones (take note Kate Moss).
Graceful, with a tint of rowdiness, Jessica defies the rules of the fashion industry and provides a modern twist to the stale conventions that designers like to impose. She’s got a rock n’roll soul that makes her the perfect muse for designers like Miss Sixty, Moschino, and Dolce and Gabanna.
Apart from being a model you also work as a bartender – which of the two do you prefer?
“There are definitely good things and bad things about both. bartending is great for extra cash, and its nice to see friends while I’m at work... but its only a temporary thing. Modeling is more of a permanent job, it pays much much better and it’s artistic and expressive.... but I’m not the biggest morning person and apparently the rest of the industry is.....”
Recently, you starred in the Kill Hannah music video, Lips like Morphine. If you could star in another video, which band would you choose?
“There are so many great bands out there, its pretty hard to decide... I know I would love to be in a video directed by David Lachapelle. I absolutely love his ideas, he's a genius. But bandwise? I’ve been really into hip-hop lately.... I think it would be great to shoot a video with Jay-Z.”
Do you prefer photography modeling or the catwalk?
“I definitely prefer print modeling. Though it is fun to walk down the runway in amazing clothing, I would much rather have the opportunity to be creative with the situation. Plus print pays much better...”
Placebo’s Brian Molko said that you were, “very down to earth” and didn’t fit into the preconceived “anorexic” model staple that is obsessed with their image. Is that an accurate description?
“That’s very sweet that he said that. The truth is.... modeling isn’t my first choice as a career, so I guess maybe I’m just not as serious about it as other girls are. I love that I have this opportunity and I am definitely taking advantage of it but there are days where I just want to stop all the silliness of manicures and curling irons and just chop off my hair and be able to be myself all the time, instead of having to look a certain way to actually make some money. It’s insane how some of the girls act in this industry... when I was in Paris I would see girls at castings steal other girls' portfolios and hide them, or even throw them away. In Singapore one girls' roomates put peroxide in her shampoo to destroy her hair.... its absolutely ridiculous.”
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
“I would love to meet both JT Leroy* and Charles Bukowski. I have such profound respect for JT Leroy, in the fact that he's even still alive, and actually wrote a book about how twisted his life was. Both of these authors have literally changed my perspective on life in general.”
*San Francisco author, outed as a literary hoax in 2006.
What’s the item you can’t leave home without?
“Hmm... that’s a hard one. I have such a giant purse I dont really ever have to choose one thing. First it would have to be my cell phone I guess. I think second would be Xanax. I have a bit of an anxiety problem... haha.”
Being a model, you’ve probably been around various cities, do you have a personal favorite city?
“I love Paris. It’s so beautiful there, the people are amazing, and the food is better than anywhere else in the entire world. I love it!”
Gisele Bundchen and Gemma Ward can step off their pedestals, Jessica Stramer can fit into their shoes quite easily. The fashion world is ready for a revolution and she may very well be the new hip icon.