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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Jessica Russell

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Jessica Russell is from New Zealand and, as a relative newcomer, is keen to build her modelling reputation particularly as a swimsuit and lingerie model. She has achieved a couple of highlights in being the current 1st Runner-up in Miss V8 Supercars 2014 and as the model for the New Zealand Eco Fashion Exposed 2014

130lbs (60 kg)
bust: 37 inch
waist: 27 inch
hips: 36 inch


Q. What is your family background?

A. My dad was born in England and my mum was born in New Zealand (but she has a Spanish background) so I have a mixture of different races in my blood. I was born in New Zealand and have lived here all my life, it's a beautiful country and I love it.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. I have definitely aspired to be a model for a large portion of my life. My mother, in her younger years, was a swimsuit model and always told me that I could follow in her footsteps and that she would support me.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. One thing I have learnt from the modelling scene is that lots of the girls in the industry have the same dream and we all just want the same thing. It is a competitive industry and you if you want something, you just have to go for it.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. The highlight of my career so far would definitely be coming second in the Miss V8 New Zealand model search 2014. It was an amazing experience and I also met some amazing people and gained a lot of confidence.

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. My hobbies include; guitar, swimming, dancing, hanging out with my friends and modelling, of course!

Q. Favourite music?

A. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy all of the clichéd pop music that everyone listens to nowadays!

Q. Favourite films?

A. To be honest I'm not really into movies that much, but if I do decide to watch one it would definitely be a soppy romantic comedy!

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. My fashion sense… Hmm. I'm pretty casual when it comes to fashion, I love a lot of the trends at the moment but I'm also the type of girl to stick to what I love and not just follow a trend because it's popular.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. The biggest beauty tip that I could give is to focus on your eyebrows. They can make or break your whole face. Oh, and make sure your foundation matches your neck!

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. To the young girls aspiring to be models: go for it! The only thing standing in your way from doing the things that you want is you! Don't let anybody put you down or tell you that you can't do something. You are the maker of your own destiny!

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. Ha, good question! I think it depends on how the man treats his car. The woman should always be priority because at the end of the day, you can replace a car.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. By far the best place I've been to is Hawaii. I love the sunshine so much, I could live on a beach forever!

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. I don't have one particular role model but I do look up to the people who know what they want and go out and get it! It's awesome to see people following their dreams.

Q. Are there any issues that you feel strongly about and would like to briefly discuss?

A. One issue that really grinds my gears is the whole rape culture and how people often blame the victims for what happens to them. I could go on for hours about this!!

Q. Future ambitions?

A. My future ambitions are to get somewhere with my modelling and to also finish my bachelor's degree at university. I also want a giant house on a beach somewhere too.

You can follow Jessica on her Facebook page