Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1984, Jessica White grew up hardened by a tough neighborhood. By the age of 12, Jessica White had started partying and drinking, and by 13, she was smoking marijuana on a regular basis. Her rebellious childhood came to a head when, spurred by a catty argument with another girl, she attacked and severely damaged the girl’s car with a baseball bat.
Fortunately, midway through adolescence, Jessica White had already developed into a attractive woman. Modeling scouts noticed her and offered her ample opportunities to make money — if she moved to Paris. With visions of fat checks and fame in her head, Jessica White decided to make the move to the City of Light.
Starting a new life in a big city was not easy, but Jessica White quickly got wrapped up in the busy world of modeling. She received a contract with IMG agency and perfected her skills in preparation for upcoming photo shoots and appearances. Jessica White’s first modeling credits include work for Cover Girl, an appearance in the Spring 2001 issue of Chloe and campaign work for Gap’s holiday marketing blitz.
When Jessica White returned to New York — and got settled in — she quickly got work in several of the city’s fashion shows during Fashion Week. The dark-complexioned beauty then appeared in two Harper’s Bazaar pictorials as well as an edition of Teen Vogue. By 2002, Jessica White was one of the most talked about models in the city and in the industry at large.
Despite her success, Jessica White needed more face time in order to elevate herself to the level of supermodel. This boost came in the way of Sports Illustrated, as the magazine turned to her for a feature in the 2003 edition of its Swimsuit Issue. Jessica White quickly made headlines for this appearance, as well as for rumors that she had a torrid affair with a still-unnamed celebrity, and she finally achieved the level of fame she had desired for years.
In 2004 and 2005, Jessica White returned to SI’s Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first African-American model to appear in three consecutive editions of the annual feature. A hot photo shoot for King magazine and work for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren’s Polo solidified Jessica White’s position as a versatile model with widespread appeal. She also appeared in the February 2008 SI Swimsuit Issue.
In 2006, Jessica White appeared in the flick Big Momma’s House, and she followed that up with a sexy stint in a music vid for John Legend the following year. Then, in 2008, she had a small role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
By the time 2009 rolled around, Jessica White was being seen on the screen as well as sprawled across pages of lad mags. Jessica White was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in February 2009.