VERA WANG yellow dress; AMERICAN APPAREL shirt; WOLFORD hosiery; WENDY NICHOL earrings; customised fabrics.
An inspiration to Marc Jacobs and championed by Steven Meisel, doll-faced Jessica Stam led the way for The New Crop. Standing five feet, 11 inches, the girl from Canada has been shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Corinne Day and Steven Klein, and done time as the face of Dior, Bvlgari and Giorgio Armani – Jacobs even named a bag for her. She dated a Chilli Pepper, has a thing for Frank Ol’-Blue-Eyes Sinatra, and peanut butter and jam sandwiches, they’re her meal of choice. A RUSSH muse forever, there will never be another like Stam.
“When Steven Meisel called me his muse and wouldn’t let me shoot with anyone else, it made me feel so special and taught me so much about the industry.”
When are you happiest? When I have downtime to see my family. What is the one habit you just can’t break? Throwing my clothes on the floor. You grew up with six brothers – what was the best/worst thing about this? We fought a lot when I was younger, they used to tease me because I was the only girl. Now they’re my best friends and we couldn’t be closer. Growing up, who was on the posters on your walls? I liked Mariah Carey, TLC and the Smashing Pumpkins. If you had your time over, would you do anything differently? I have no regrets! What surprises you? People.
“Not many people know that I grew up on a farm and still love the country so much. I am not a city girl.”
First impressions … Should not be taken at face value. I couldn’t live without … My friends. I keep fit by … Running outside. My favourite food is … Peanut butter and jam. To unwind after a hard day’s work I like to … Hang out with my friends and relax. My pin-up boy is … Frank Sinatra. My beauty routine consists of … Washing my face and moisturising every day. On the runway, I’m thinking about … The clothes. When I see myself on screen… It’s funny. My hometown is… Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. My biggest indulgence in life is … Spending money on my dog. My wardrobe consists of … Three overflowing closets and a standing rack.
“I get influences from everywhere. People on the street in Paris, designers, other models … It’s really easy for me because there’s style all around me.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Will Davidson @ MAP
FASHION Stevie Dance
MODEL Jessica Stam @ IMG
HAIR Arima @ Frank Reps
MAKEUP Chihos Omae @ Frank Reps
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS Scott Lyle, Jochem Sanders
STYLIST’S ASSISTANTS Clare Byrne, Haesther Libbey, Rory McDonough, Jessica Mycock
Production Mateusz Lilpop @ ML Productions.