Despite her model makings — towering height, ample pout and piercing gaze — Jessica Clarke is a full-fledged country gal. “Our farm was pretty small,” she says. “But there were always cows and sheep in our backyard.” Since leaving the bucolic New Zealand countryside last year, the leggy 19-year-old has assembled quite the clientele, having walked in Lanvin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Erdem and Calvin Klein, among others. “I didn’t even tell my friends from home about my modeling until recently. I guess I’m just pretty low-key about it,” Clarke admits. We think she’s earned some bragging rights.
When did you move to New York? I moved here at end of January, right before I did fashion week.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"