I recently came across a vintage New York Times Magazine article on the former supermodel (and then 16-year-old) Jamie King, known as James King.
The article was written in 1996 by the famous author Jennifer Egan, who shadowed the young model during both Paris and New York fashion weeks.
When describing James, Egan wrote:
James seems quite childlike at times -- she's easily distracted, prone to slouching and staring into space, then snapping to attention in a fit of enthusiasm. She's physically affectionate in a sweet, unself-conscious way, always hugging people and leaning against them. She can be insecure, like the time she accused a Company Management driver of preferring to drive another model rather than herself, then stalked away, looking as if she might cry.
Yet other moments she seems much older than 16, so jaded as to be unshockable. She has a pierced nipple, a large tattoo of a winged fairy on her lower back (...) These contradictions are all present, somehow, in her face, which looks
freshly minted in its innocence yet, somehow, knowing.
and get a glimpse of the glamorous-yet- somewhat notorious 90s fashion scene.
Egan describes every aspect of the backstage fashion scene, from Naomi and Kate sightings, to the difference between editorial, advertising and catalogue rates.
What do you think of Jamie King?
I have to say she is one of my favorite 90s model so far, (a long way from her Lemon Breeland persona on Hart of Dixie).
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