Jessica Collins grew up in a close-knit, loving family whose focus was more on inner beauty than outward appearances. She spent her childhood heavily involved in a variety sports. A self-professed tomboy, she was taken aback when a middle school friend casually suggested she should model. She took the suggestion to heart and started her journey with Hoffman International 16 years ago. Even though she was always comfortable in her own skin, she was still a bit awestruck about her modeling potential. However, during her first national AMTC competition, she received an impressive 29 callbacks. Although she had a years-long rigorous workout routine and followed a strict vegan diet, she could not reduce her hip size to the measurements necessary to land an elite contract. Looking back, one particular meeting with a national agent has stuck with her through the years. Although the feedback was hard to swallow at the time, it was that moment that ultimately changed Jessica’s outlook and carved the successful path she has taken in modeling.
After the initial shock of Kim Hoffman’s suggestion she pursue plus-size modeling, Jessica soon embraced the idea. A second trip to AMTC earned her a prestigious Overall Female Model award and the life-changing realization that she could finally be herself and love her healthy curves. Even though she always worked hard at everything and has achieved so much, she knew that modeling was not a guarantee. Education is important to Jessica and she wanted a solid plan if a modeling career did not come to fruition. She continued modeling in Kansas City while attending Avila University on academic, soccer, and basketball scholarships. Not only a gifted athlete, Jessica procured a summa cum laude honor and two degrees with her academic propensity.
She knew in the back of her mind that she would end up working in New York after graduation. After being turned down by a couple of agencies that summer, initially including Ford Models, she persevered and, through her determination, gut instincts and the unlikely help of a makeup artist and photographer, landed a contract with Ford Models less than 3 months after wrapping her studies at Avila. Kim Hoffman strongly believes that Jessica taking that extra leap of faith, continuing to focus on her potential and believing in herself is what ultimately led to her first major contract.
Jessica has graced the covers and pages of national magazines, walked the runways for designers all over the world, and appeared on numerous talk shows for nearly 10 years. Her lengthy, impressive resume includes clients such as In Style Magazine, Macy’s, Modern Bride, Under Armour, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Fitness Magazine, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. Now represented by Wilhelmina Models for the past 2 years, she is forever grateful for all of the opportunities she has been given. She proudly reflects on the feedback she received years ago regarding her hip size and how that was a turning point for her. Once considered too big, her hips are now one of her biggest assets.
Based in New York City and appreciative of the career that allows her to travel the globe, Jessica is never lost on the fact that her career began in Kansas, at Hoffman International. We are so proud of Jessica and have known for years that she truly is just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. She is confident, kind-hearted, and a positive role model for women. Set to return to Germany for a booking next month, Jessica’s amazing career is showing no signs of slowing down!