Jamaican women are some of the most alluring, sensual and seductive women on the planet.
And the international fashion community is starting to catch on.
Here’s our list of 10 Jamaican Supermodels, we are definitely impressed with:
10. Daria Pleggenkuhle
Daria is actually half Jamaican but hails from Germany and is with IMG worldwide & MD Germany.
She has has posed for Jalouse,Vogue, L’Officiel and Amica, to name a few.
Though she is still a new face, she has alot of fans and definitely a model to keep your eye on.
9. Oreintha Russell
Oreintha Russell debuted on London walking for VanP, Sado, Sorg and PPQ. Signed to D1 Models, Oreintha got her big break with L’Oreal in 2009 and had to relocate from Jamaica to the U.K where she currently resides in London.
8. Sasha Gaye Hunt
7. Sigail Currie
6. Jeneil Williams
5. Gaye McDonald
McDonald is enjoying the rare exhilarating success that comes to the few whom the fashion industry has chosen for superstardom. Already, in December, industry bible Red selected her as one of the top 100 models in the world, definitely a major step to a top 50 ranking on models.com.After overcoming visa and scheduling issues, she commenced international modelling last year. While still in Jamaica, she was chosen and shot covers and editorials for Japan’s Luire, She Caribbean and Ocean Style magazines.Pulse supermodel in-the- making Gaye McDonald continues to rise and rise. Not content with her Vogue, Cosmo, Trace or New York Times magazine editorials or her Benetton, Nordstrom, Deisel, and Mac campaigns, Gaye became the hot new star of the Fashion-week circuit this season, nabbing many of the key collections in New York, London and Paris. She continues to exemplify success as a Caribbean model in the highly exclusive Paris shows. Gaye, who started her modelling career with a bang walked for heavyweight brands . including Vivienne Westwood , Catherine Malandrino, Stella McCartney, Angel Chang, Heatherette, Tracy Reese, Nicole Ramona, Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, Douglas Hannant, Kai Milla, Top Shop, L’wren Scott, Aquastum and Kissa. Her Vivienne Westwood looks were the subject of a major feature in London’s Evening Standard. Regarding her success with Westwood, Gaye emailed, “Oh my Gosh, I am so thrilled – I could go on and on. It has been a great experience for me and one of the happiest days of my life.”Now she contemplates the huge possibilities that her quick rise makes possible. Clearly, the sky is the limit for Gaye. Only time will tell if her success will equal or exceed the amazing accomplishment of fellow Pulse model Jaunel McKenzie, rated among the top models of colour in the world, for the last few years.
First Caribbean model to be rank #1 black model on Models.com. Discovered by Pulse at 16 during Caribbean Model Search 2002.
Has done many Vogue spreads – 11 for American edition and 1 each for German, French, and Italian Vogue. Jaunel has been featured in Elle, W, Vibe, Allure, and Victoria Secret; has worked for Tommy Hilfiger, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and Addidas; and has walked for Kenneth Cole, Catherine Malandrino, Derek Lam, Heatherette, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Louis Vuitton, and Stella McCartney. She recently flew to Paris and London to complete editorials for French Glamour (shot by famous Jamaican photographer Walter Chin) and British Marie Claire.
3. Carla Campbell
In 2006, Pulse model Carla Campbell was featured in the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the very first Caribbean-born model and one of a select handful of black models to grace its pages. Also hailing from Jamaica, Campbell is the second Caribbean model to hit the pages of Victoria Secret. She has done editorials in Essence, French Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Maxim, and has been featured on the cover of Esquire Magazine. L’oreal, Nike, Avon, Eckored, and Footlocker are among her featured campaigns
2. Nell Robinson
Winner of the first edition of “Supermodel of the Caribbean” in 2002, Nell was a dancer for the Tony Wilson Company for over 8 years. Now she is headquartered in London though represented by Select. A.k.a ‘The body’, Robinson keeps busy in the Americas and Europe working campaigns and editorials for Charlotte Russe and Cosmopolitan in the US and Next, Agent Provacatuer and Gentlemen’s Quarterly in the UK.
1. Nadine Willis
Nadine Willis was born to a Kingston, Jamaica ghetto.
“It was hard for me as a little girl growing up there. For most of the time, I didn’t have a father. The family court took me away from him because he was so abusive. My mother had gone off to Canada and left me outside my father’s gate. I was about three years old. Some strangers took me in, then my father took me from them. The first 13 years of my life were always back and forth, never settled. I had to start work at age 11.” – Nadine Willis
“My mother came back to Jamaica when I was 15 but we never really hit it off. I do not relate to her. It’s not that I haven’t forgiven her, I have. But she always makes things worse for me.” Nadine Willis
Back in 2002, Nadine was one of many aspiring young models to show up at the Hilton Jamaica for a model search competition thrown by a local talent agency run by famed talent scout Kingsley Cooper.
Cooper flew her to London, signed her to Select and the next day, Nadine was on the runway of London Fashion Week.
Within two weeks after arriving in London, Nadine was being shot for French Vogue and booked to work a campaign for Gucci.
Since then Nadine has been shot by world class photographers Mario Testino, David LaChapelle and Ellen von Unsworth and has been featured in a host of campaigns including Banana Republic and Rimmel.
“I’ll never turn down a job, no matter how small…I’m Jamaican,” says Nadine, “And I’m never gonna change.”