If anyone knows the value of seizing opportunities to build a lasting and exciting career, it’s professional model Jenny Meister
. Read on for the remarkable story of how this unassuming German teenager was launched into the glamorous world of international modeling, with early campaigns for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, and learn how she remained strong during times of stress.
Q. Tell us about how you started modeling – who discovered you and how old were you?
I was 15 and on holiday with my family in NYC. I had just ended a ten-year career in figure skating due to a knee injury and I was devastated. Then, a model scout came up to me and asked if I was interested— I laughed about it the whole summer. Me?
But then I entered a modeling competition back home and ended up in 3rd place as the youngest contestant. Their agency was based in Berlin though, and that was too far away from us. I was still in school so I walked into an agency nearby, they signed me on the spot, and a week later I was working in London, then Milan, Paris, Spain and NYC.