About the Model
Stam was born in Kincardine, Ontario and grew up on a farm alongside her six brothers. She came from a religious family and attended Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton, Ontario. Her original intention was to become a dentist. Stam was discovered in a local Tim Hortons coffee shop by Michele Miller (an agent at the International Model Management agency in Barrie, Ontario) who found Stam on the way back from Canada’s Wonderland (a theme park just outside Toronto).
Stam won the Los Angeles Model Look Search in 2002. Photographer Steven Meisel jump started her career and soon after cast her in every advertisement campaign of his. “I guess I’m his muse”, she has said. She has appeared on the cover of UK & German Vogue and in advertisements for Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Giorgio Armani, Vera Wang, Valentino, Miu Miu, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Holt Renfrew, Dior, BCBG Max Azria, Lanvin, Roberto Cavalli, Bulgari, H&M and DKNY.
In 2004, Stam appeared in the short film Agent Orange. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs created The Marc Jacobs Stam, a bag inspired by and named after her. For the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2006, she opened the fourth runway theme “Pink”. The appearance also included a featurette showing a Victoria’s Secret commercial shoot and what a model sees when walking the runway. In January 2006, she appeared in the Rochas ad campaign, shot and directed by Bruno Aveillan.
For Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear, Stam walked a total of 64 shows combined during the New York, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks. During Paris’s Spring/Summer 2007 Haute Couture fashion week, she walked for Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She currently stands at number four on the “Top 50 Models” rating at models.com. In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue, she was featured on the cover with fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.
In July 2007, earning at an estimated total of $1.5 million in the previous 12 months, Forbes named her 15th in the list of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. Currently she stars in campaigns for Bulgari, Dior, Lanvin and Escada. She also appears in the F/W 2007 Christian Dior, DKNY, Miss Sixty, Loewe and Roberto Cavalli ad campaign. In 2007, she had modeled for The Victoria’s Secret runway show.
For F/W 2008, Stam can be seen in ads for Giorgio Armani “Onde” fragrance, Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari. As always Stam’s campaigns will be legends for those who see them will remember it as it was yesterday. Her trademark upper corner grin on both sides of her mouth adds to the two other refined shapes, her eyes and nose that can not be compared to any other. Jessica is a time piece that will stand out long after she is gone.
In 2009, she returns as the face of Bulgari. In March, she appears on the cover of Tokyo Numero. Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi include Stam to a campaign, Nina Ricci fragrance add Stam, Christian Dior cashes in on the trademark face, and the Gap sees having Jessica on board to helping their campaign.
In 2010, Jessica Stam has Ninia Ricci, Aldo, Roberto Calvalli, Moellato, a great shoot with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Express Fragrance, as Famed Photographer Patrick Demarchelier takes aim at Stam also for “Express”.
In 2011, Jessica Stam lands the Mercedes Benz Advertisement with fames Terry Richarson at the helm, Jones New York includes Jessica to an advertisement with famed legend photographer Annie Leibovitz.