Jade Parfitt was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, in June of 1978. In 1993 when she was fifteen, Parfitt’s mom entered her into a modelling competition on a national television program, This Morning. Parfitt won the competition, and because of this she was offered a modelling contract with Models1 and began modelling on a very local level for the next four years.
In February 1997 Parfitt finally got her big break into the modelling industry when she walked in shows in New York, Paris, and Milan for big name designers like Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Miu Miu, and Betsey Johnson. The next year she appeared in the fall advertising campaign for fashion mega-designer Versace and on the cover for the Italian version of Vogue. Many designers liked using her because of her cat-like eyes and long, thin legs.
From there, Jade Parfitt experienced a small slump as she did not do anything major in the modelling world for the next three years. In 2001 Parfitt worked as the primary model for Blumarine’s fall advertising campaign. However, in 2002 work began to pick up for her once again and she was the face of Moschino and appeared on the cover of Britain’s Vogue and Harper & Queen with other high-ranking British models. That fall she was once again on the catwalk as she appeared in Paris shows for Issey Miyake, Ann Demeulemeester, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
However, one of the largest accomplishments in Jade Parfitt’s career came in 2003 when she worked with Jasmine Guinness to develop a charitable project known as the Clothesline Project. This organization supports HIV / AIDS sufferers in Sub-Saharan African while at the same time encouraging research and support in this region as well. Through the contacts that Parfitt and Guinness have developed during their modelling careers they are able to encourage people to donate items to the foundation. These items are later auctioned off to the highest bidder at a celebrity auction, and the money is then collected and used to help all of those affected by HIV / AIDS in this troubled region in Africa.
In 2004 Jade Parfitt continued working when she appeared once again at shows in Paris for top designers. She also signed on with Caroline Herrera Parfum as the company’s new face.
Where is she now?
Although Jade Parfitt has not done that much modelling work since 2004, she has been very active. In fact, she has made an important transition in her modelling career as she is now a correspondent with VogueTV, as well as the mother of a two year old daughter. In 2009 Parfitt also signed on with Women Management, demonstrating that she has no intention of going anywhere soon. Her position as a correspondent for VogueTV include her covering important modelling and red carpet events, and she is even able to interview other celebrities and more freely express herself.
With all of this creative energy and Parfitt’s amazing ability to refocus her talents it is no doubt that this is one model who does not intend to fade quietly into the background.