Jenny Shimizu stormed onto the fashion scene in 1993, helping to define the grunge movement and cement her place among iconic supermodels like Kate Moss and Amber Valletta. Now, 16 years after first making a name for herself, she's back in the spotlight as a judge on Make Me a Supermodel. Jenny opens up in an exclusive interview to Life & Style about her new Make Me a Supermodel gig -- and what it was like to date Angelina Jolie!
ON WHY SHE'S RETURNING TO MODELING AFTER BEING A MECHANIC:
"Being a mechanic is really my passion, and I'll always do that. But I actually love fashion and modeling too. I like the fact that I came from a different place: I'm Japanese, I'm small, I have tattoos, I'm a lesbian. Shows [Make Me A Supermodel] like this offer a huge amount of possibility and opportunity."
ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ANGELINA JOLIE:
"It was like a college romance; it happened so long ago. When it was happening, it was wonderful -- you're meeting an incredible woman and you celebrate that. But then you see it on TV and it becomes almost ugly."
ON IF SHE'S SURPRISED ABOUT ANGELINA JOLIE'S NEW LIFESTYLE:
"No. Gender never really plays an issue with someone like her who's attractive to everybody. And Angelina was always going to adopt a lot of kids. She told me she was going to, and she's a woman of her word."
ON MODELING PERKS:
Hanging with celebs like Madonna was just one perk of being a top model in the '90s. "You traveled to all different countries, and you had a lot of money," she tells Life & Style. "It was wild."
Photo Credit: Michael Simon
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