Originally from South Carolina, Jennifer Pugh was soon determined to be far too good looking not to be living among the fashionable elites of New York City. She moved to the Big Apple in 2004 to begin her modeling career through IMG Models. By the time the spring season of 2005 had rolled around, Jennifer Pugh had already made waves in magazine editorials for W magazine and four editions of Vogue: Italian, L’umo, Japanese, and Teen. With L’umo being a cover shot, Jennifer Pugh was clearly loved by the camera and off to fabulous beginnings in modeling.
On the heels of her print exposure, Jennifer Pugh was quickly named by NYMag.com as one of its models to watch on the catwalk in 2005. She didn’t disappoint, and within a year, Jennifer Pugh had dominated the runway for a host of well-respected designers ranging from Julien Macdonald and Preen to Alberta Ferreti and Jennifer Nicholson.
Jennifer Pugh’s solid impressions on the runway led her to team up that same year with the esteemed Calvin Klein for an ad campaign for his famous CK One Fragrance. Other advertising deals came from the likes of Pull and Bear, who featured Jennifer Pugh wearing soaked clothing in a water-filled bathtub, all in an effort to encourage people to buy from its catalog.
Through the rest of 2006 and into 2007, Jennifer Pugh continued her onslaught of work with more catwalk strolls for Future Classics, Project Alabama, Alice Ritter, and Diane von Furstenberg. She also enjoyed advertising work with Baby Jane, Max Studio and Alberto Biani, as well as a high-profile stint in front of the cameras for a television ad campaign to promote the Quizas, Quizas, Quizas fragrance by Loewe.
After being named by LuxuryFashion.com as one of 2007’s Top 100 Fashion Models, Jennifer Pugh’s professional image and personal reputation took a hit (no pun intended) in 2008, when a picture was made public with the model and friends Aleksandra Rastovic, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, as well as an unmistakable bong. While not a recent picture, it was unwanted publicity in an industry that could stand to lose a few more crack pipes, and Jennifer Pugh’s industry demand was poised to suffer as a result. She would rebound in the fall by adding different color shades to her hair and removing her top for a tasteful but teasing editorial in WWD and then getting physical for an amusing fight-themed ad with model Jessica Hart for the Century 21 chain of department stores.
Jennifer Pugh has not been as visible on the runway as she was in previous years, but she’s still a familiar face in magazines and is hoping to make the transition into acting. Before 2008 was done, she appeared in television spots for BMW, and in 2009, she did the same for JC Penny to celebrate the launch of its I Heart Ronson collection. Jennifer Pugh would also pose for the English publication Tatler in an artistic shoot by Luis Monteiro that featured her in a gothic dress, surrounded by white architecture. It was all proof that bong or no bong, Jennifer Pugh is here to stay — at least a little while longer.