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Jamaica Gleaner - - STYLEI -

with this book­ing made from Ja­maica by Peters.

The wind of change blow­ing through the French fash­ion house brought An­thony Vacarello to the helm of the fash­ion brand. In April this year, Peters and Roper were sum­moned to Paris for a meet­ing with the new Saint Lau­rent team. So im­pressed were they with the en­ergy and look of the young model that they quickly con­firmed her for an in­ter­na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

For Je­nese, this has been a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment. She lost her mother to can­cer ear­lier this year (around the time of her birth­day in May). “I am happy for this mo­ment. My mom would feel good about it be­cause she al­ways said I was her su­per­star. I know she is proud of me and she is in heaven watch­ing over me,” Je­nese told Out­look.

NEXT MOVES

Je­nese’s hec­tic Paris sched­ule in­cluded meet­ing with the team, fit­tings, and get­ting a new hair­style. Her once fluffy Afro was trans­formed to a Grace Jones-es­que box do, su­per­vised di­rectly by the de­signer him­self. Je­nese’s look in the show was a clear ref­er­ence to the Yves Saint Lau­rent archival ‘Le Smok­ing’ (tux for women) ca­reer-defin­ing mo­ment for the leg­endary de­signer.

Peters ex­plained that Je­nese is be­ing man­aged to have the best ca­reer pos­si­ble for the long term. The Saint boss noted that her global team would be se­lec­tive about ed­i­to­ri­als and other as­sign­ments to be pur­sued.

Je­nese is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of for­mer Saint su­per­mod­els Kai New­man and Tami Wil­liams and is now at­tend­ing Qual­ity Aca­demics – a pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion school known for its suc­cess rate.

“Get­ting ed­u­cated and ex­posed are cru­cial to the long-term suc­cess of the mod­els. I want to en­sure Je­nese gets ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion that puts her in good stead for the fu­ture. It’s a bal­ance of dis­ci­pline and tough love,” Peters said.

He added, “Je­nese has got an un­be­liev­able start in the busi­ness with one of the most im­por­tant fash­ion brands in the world. Her fu­ture is among the bright­est of new mod­els in the busi­ness right now.”

Peters has con­firmed her Euro­pean man­age­ment team to in­clude long-time Saint col­lab­o­ra­tors Premier Mod­els (Lon­don), Why Not Mod­els (Mi­lan) and Elite Mod­els (Paris).

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