The incredibly wise and wonderful Dr. Soheila Elaahi once said something incredibly impactful to me during a difficult time in my life. She said “there are angels among us but we need to have an eye to recognize them.” Her beautiful words, reflective of her gentle kindness have stuck with me since then and followed me all the way to Milan Fashion Week in Italy. For there I encountered someone very special to me and had a rare chance to connect- that person in my dear friend world famous supermodel and longtime face of Maybelline Cosmetics, the angelic Jessica White.
Jessica, or “Jessi” as her friends call her is truly a free spirit. When one envisions a supermodel they sometimes have a pre-concieved notion of someone very standoffish, judgmental or unkind (lol not true and this isn’t due to bias but rather from honest personal experience, models are some of the kindest sweetest and most accepting people in the world)… however Jessi shatters all of those stereotypes merely by existing. She can’t help but leave a positive, indelible mark on everyone she comes in contact with- in fact after the Versace show when I met up with her she was already giving our waiter at the bar a pep talk about how worthy and great of a person he is and to appreciate the light within him! The million dollar smile on his face said it all- I’m sure he was already smiling at the chance to wait on the stunning Jessica White and her beauty is impossible to ignore- however she may be completely unaware of it as she carries no arrogance she is simply Jessi in her white tee shirt.
We sat into the wee hours while all of the others ventured out to various crazy afterparties- however I had the best time just catching up with this incredibly exceptional soul. Jessi’s innocence and pure heart brings me to tears and she is such a caring and nurturing person. Jessi is not only one of the most beautiful people on the planet & a supermodel (she is known for among other accomplishments, being one of the most popular faces of Maybelline makeup of ALL TIME and is certainly my favorite Maybelline girl 😻) but she has broken down barriers for models of color with her immense level of success. She is an icon of modern beauty!
However her beauty runs far deeper than looks. Jessi is an angel on Earth and truly not of this world- perhaps that’s why she named her charity “The Angel Wings Foundation.” Jessi is also a wonderful person even when the cameras are not around- she is wholeheartedly genuine, something so rare in this world. She would do anything to see someone smile or to ease the suffering of another person- even a stranger in fact I have witnessed it myself once & it brought me to tears! 😿 Jessi has even mentored ME on how to be strong & courageous in the face of pain & adversity and to just be near her is powerful as she exudes this loving, positive energy. I am so happy to know you Jessi, you are truly one of a kind! See you in NYC! XOXO, FAFA