In the early nineties Jade’s mother entered her into a modeling competition on the This Morning show where she won a contract with Models 1. Soon thereafter Jade found herself among the crop of British models such as Stella Tennant, Jodie Kidd and Carolyn Park that epitomized the Cool Britannia era. Jade continued to work steadily and has branched out into presenting and her notable charity work. I caught up with Jade to find out what she’s up to these days and what she hopes to master.
How would you sum up your personality?
Wow! That’s a hard question to answer about yourself. I imagine people I know would say I am interested and curious, loyal, silly and a bit geeky.
What is something you want to master?
I have always wanted to master Art. It is something I never got the chance to do much of at school and I just think it would be so wonderful to be able to paint well.
What stresses you out?
I get stressed when there is nothing much going on. I like to be busy.
What song do you like to sing in the shower?
This is so hard just picking one. I would say ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton is one of my all time favorites.
What did you transition to from modeling?
All kinds of different fashion based projects. I put together three different charity events using my contacts in fashion to put on a great show, auctioning lots from designers and photographers from McQueen to Stephen Meisel. I took up presenting for British Vogue and became one of their main hosts conducting interviews backstage and at big fashion events and I still model from time to time.
What did you learn from that transition?
I learned more and more how much I appreciate and love the fashion world. There are so many great people involved in the industry and it has been fun and reassuring getting to work with some of them on a different level. I am learning more and more to use those contacts I have made to go into new projects.
What were you most excited about on your first modeling assignment?
The first fashion show I ever did was for Prada. It was such a nerve-wracking and intense experience and I was so excited to be a part of it.
What one thing made you nervous about modeling?
Wondering what to do next! I had a baby when I was 28 and then had to really re-assess the way I worked. I could not be away from home so much anymore, so when Vogue asked if I would like to start presenting for them it was a good way for me to continue working while not traveling so much.
What one thing would make the industry better?
Chaperones for every model under the age of 18. I was very lucky not to have any nasty experiences, but I think when you are traveling so much and working so hard at such a young age you should have someone with you at all times.
What would your dream job be now?
I am still working on that. More of the same for the time being. I love that I do different things each week.