Jessica White Signs With Maybelline

Posted on December 12, 2007

Photo of Jessica WhiteModel Jessica White has been named as a new spokesman for Maybelline cosmetics. She joins Maybelline New York's roster of models: Christy Turlington, Erin Wasson, Adriana Lima, Tomiko Fraser, Julia Stegner, and Zhang Ziyi.

At 16, Jessica was discovered in her hometown of Buffalo, NY and soon afterwards she moved to Paris. Within six months, she landed campaigns for Chloe and the Gap. Soon, Jessica was walking the runways for New York's top designers including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. She also landed in the pages of Harper's Bazaar and Teen Vogue.

Her big break came in 2003 when she was chosen for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue. She modeled in the next four issues, something no African American woman had done. In 2006 she joined Heidi Klum on the catwalk at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Jessica is elated to be under contract with Maybelline New York alongside one of her favorite models of all time Christy Turlington. She says in a statement, "Maybelline products are a part of every woman's life and I am so honored to represent the African American community for a brand I have grown up with."

Kudos to Maybelline for signing another African American model. Recent reports reveal that black models have been disappearing from the runways, especially in America. Of the 100+ shows and presentations held during the 2007 New York runway season, more than a third did not feature any black models at all. Milan Fashion Week featured only two black models and Paris Fashion Week only had one black model.

Photo: PRNewsFoto/Maybelline New York