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Jeisa Chiminazzo: Teen models have it hard

Jeisa Chiminazzo: Teen models have it hard

Jeisa Chiminazzo doesn’t think teenage models look “mature” enough for some jobs.

The brunette beauty’s status as a fashion star grew in the early 2000s, walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga. She was scouted at just 13 while waiting to get a glimpse of her favourite actor in Muçum, Brazil, and jetted out to New York not long after to begin her career.

It was the chance of a lifetime for Jeisa, but she admits she didn’t feel totally comfortable.

“Starting young was an advantage, but at the same time, once you get to 16, you don’t look young enough to do the jobs that are for very young girls, but you don’t look mature enough to do the jobs meant for women,” she explained to “From 16 to 18, I had a phase where I was doing a lot of shows, but there was something still missing.”

As soon as she turned 18 things boomed, with famed photographer Mario Testino choosing her to feature on the cover of Vogue Paris and before long she collaborated with other famous lensmen such as Steven Meisel.

Although things were going go well, Jeisa sought a break from work and ended up stepping away for a while to settle down with her partner Oliver.

She’s now 30 and has struck a happy balance between her personal life and work, returning to the industry with more enthusiasm than ever.

“I just came back from Brazil, where I haven’t been in a long time, and everyone received me with open arms. That’s when I decided that I really wanted to see clients again, I want to start working again. Fashion has been a part of my life since I was a child, and I was missing that,” she added.

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