Who: Jenny Shimizu Site: http://www.jennyshimizuonline.com/  

1. You have been someone I looked up to for so long. What is your thought on Role Models and Gender??
The term ROLE-MODEL has always seemed genderless to me. Most of my role-models when I was younger, were men I saw in movies, like Tom Laughlin (BILLY JACK) , Charles Bronson (THE MECHANIC), Clint Eastwood (all Spaghetti Westerns only) and my uncle James who was a Vietnam Vet. When I was a model, back in the 90’s, all the other models’ boyfriends would always tell me, “Jenny, I wanna come back as you in my next lifetime.” It didn’t matter if I was a woman or what decade it was. It seems relatability and our own notions of an individual are what helps us make decisions on who is rolemodel material. Now, my role-models are real people, who do real acts of honesty and kindness and most animals. 2. I still remember, the first magazine that made an impression on me as a kid The first magazine that left an impression on me was a MAD magazine and a Cracked magazine that I found under my cousin’s bed. I also learned a lot from a subscription of ROLLING STONE that my Dad got me when I was little, after my subscription to HIGHLIGHTS magazine ran out. 3. My high school years involved a lot of a lot of PANDA (pot and alcohol) and skateboarding.
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4. Now I get to work with visionnaires, artists, likeminded people and occasionally a few talentless hacks and egomaniacs. 5. I have a crush on a BUNNY who has impeccable taste and charm. 6. I now live in a smaller apartment than I had in the 90’s. 7. The connection between modeling and design is the SILHOUETTE. I have always been thoughtful of this. It is the thing I see in beautiful pictures, shows or art. How to manage all space is what draws me to my conclusions of what I love and what I think is just all- right
8. In my garage at the moment I have a beautiful, black, minimalist Ducati Monster. 9 What do you think of this new digital hyper promotion world we and modeling live in now? If I had started modeling now, in this age of social media and “hyper turnover” I probably wouldn’t respect the business as much as I do. I am so grateful for getting to experience the Houses (house of Chanel, house of Mugler, Yohji etc); the beginnings of John Galliano, Marc Jacobs; the endings of Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Matsuda; the naivete of not knowing any casting, styling, designer, editor or photographer before I actually worked with them; the real camaraderie of the 90’s models because each of us had something a little different, we were celebrated for our personalities and fashion an advertising was open-minded and had no limits. I will always be grateful to have been around such creative, wonderful talents. When I run into other survivors of the 90’s, we always high five each other and say “ There will never be a time like the 90’s and thank god there was no social media back in the day!” I modelled in the 90’s, only because it was an opportunity to learn and experience a life that I had no idea about. I’m never good with too much information about what “might” happen and I probably wouldn’t last a 6 month e-commerce season in the present day. 10. If you could leave us with one thought, what would it be? We have a choice to bring the positive or bring the negative.

 

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