Jessica Clarke fell off my radar for a little while, but the New Zealand model was swiftly brought back to attention last week, namely because of that rumour – which I think is most likely not a rumour but indeed actual fact (but we don’t want to jinx it and in modelling, until you’re on that damn catwalk, nothing is set in stone) – that she is confirmed to walk in tomorrow’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
For those who aren’t aware, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is literally one of the biggest things you can do in modelling. It’s a huge affair, the models are always top notch (previous ‘Runway Angels’ include Lily Donaldson, Abbey-Lee Kershaw, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, etc), the money is said to be pretty fantastic and the exposure is incredible. It’s televised all over the world. Last year, Katy Perry performed at it. (This year performers include Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5.) It’s a big deal.
This is great, great, great news for Jess and great, great, great news for New Zealand modelling. No New Zealand model has ever walked a Victoria’s Secret show in it’s 17 year history. Fellow Kiwi, Georgia Fowler, has shot for Victoria’s Secret, but as far as walking the high profile show? No New Zealanders. Until now. I await the televised footage with bated breath.
Until then, check out the video of the casting below (Clarke makes an appearance 14 seconds in) and this recent editorial of Jess, shot by Derek Kettela for this month’s issue of Amica magazine. If she looks even half as good as she does here in the show, I’d say she’ll be well on her way to signing one of those coveted Victoria’s Secret Angels contracts.
GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATULATIONS JESS!
Note: Photos below a little NSFW.