Model be­hav­iour

From DWTS to LA

Weekend Herald - - Front Page -

She’s lifted spir­its through­out the coun­try with her poise on Danc­ing with the Stars.

Now, can­cer sur­vivor Jess Quinn will be shar­ing her in­spir­ing jour­ney in the United States when the show has fin­ished.

The 25-year-old has been signed to Nat­u­ral Mod­els in Los An­ge­les.

As soon a the Three re­al­ity series wraps, Quinn will fly to LA.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. Mod­el­ling was never some­thing I planned to do but to be able to be a part of a con­ver­sa­tion of di­ver­sity in an in­dus­try that is known for hav­ing cer­tain beauty ideals is some­thing I’m re­ally ex­cited about,” she told the Week­end Her­ald.

The agency is owned by Katie Wil­cox, a for­mer plus-size model.

Its mis­sion is to “let mod­els be healthy and happy”, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Quinn said Wil­cox was an ad­vo­cate for in­spir­ing oth­ers to feel good in the skin they’re in.

“So I’m re­ally ex­cited to be able to learn from her, I’ll also be do­ing in­flu­encer work and look­ing at speak­ing en­gage­ments . . . so the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead are re­ally ex­cit­ing.

“I just want to keep telling my story and shar­ing the things I’m pas­sion­ate about in as many ways as I can. I’m go­ing to con­tinue do­ing so­cial me­dia and mod­el­ling but I would like to have a huge fo­cus on speak­ing.”

Quinn, who was al­ready a so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer be­fore the show, with more than 160,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, said her most cher­ished role had been work­ing with the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

“The foun­da­tion is get­ting mes­sages from kids who have found in­spi­ra­tion in my mes­sage which means so much to me. I know ex­actly what those kids are go­ing through and to be able to of­fer them a small slice of hope in the tough­est time of their life is the most in­cred­i­ble feel­ing ever”.

Quinn said should the right on­screen op­por­tu­nity arise where she can in­spire oth­ers, she wouldn’t think twice about do­ing an­other stint on TV. “In do­ing the show [Danc­ing with the Stars] I’ve 100 per cent put my­self out of my com­fort zone, you’re in your most vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion on na­tional TV, it def­i­nitely teaches you a lot about your­self.

“It’s taught me that I re­ally can achieve any­thing I set my mind to.”

Ri­cardo Simich Jess Quinn is ex­cited to work for an agency that cel­e­brates di­ver­sity.

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