Jaime King aka James King aka Jamie King (born April 23, 1979) is an American actress and model who shot to fame in the mid-1990s. She has branched out from modelling into acting, and at this point is probably better known as an actress than as a model.
|The famous 1995 New York Times Magazine spread that helped set "James" on fire in the world of modelling and acting.|
Jaime is from Omaha, Nebraska. Her mother was a beauty contest winner, and she has two sisters and a brother. Her namesake is Jaime Summers from 'The Bionic Woman.' Jaime had an early passion for modelling, attending the Nancy Bounds Studio for modelling while still in high school, and dropped out to pursue her career in New York.
Jaime was discovered when she was 14 at the Bounds studio by agent Michael Flutie, who invited her to New York. She joined Company Management there, and quickly scored an Abercrombie & Fitch ad in mid-1994.
|Jaime with a famous friend.|
Jaime's career started taking off, and she went by 'James' King for a number of years due to a name conflict with another model.
This name thing and Jaime's personal story piqued the interest of writer Jennifer Egan, who wrote a huge 4 February 1996 cover story for the New York Times Magazine about Jaime - 'James is a Girl' - which vaulted her into the consciousness of just about everyone who read the New York Times at that time - which was most of the movers and shakers in the world of modelling.
|James King at Jean Colonna's showroom in Paris, 1995 (Nan Goldin).|
The NY Times Magazine piece itself was full of drama about Jaime's personal life. It made for a truly gripping tale about drugs and teen angst. The story and the accompanying pictures showed 'James' (her professional name then) as a normal girl with normal problems despite her fame who was fighting to overcome them.
Jaime has had time to think about the matter and make some changes in her life:
At 16 years old, you think you know everything, and then all of a sudden you realize that you don’t know anything at all. That is the best way to explain what I was feeling at that time.
I felt like some people wanted a piece of me, wanted to take something from me. I felt that they wanted to sexualize me. In hindsight, I can see that and know the truth of it, but at that time I didn’t know that’s what they were doing. I experimented with drugs; I was young and wanted to ‘fit’ ‘in.’ I quickly realized this wasn’t the path for me, and I haven’t touched any drug since I was 17.After that brash introduction, one of the most unusual in modelling history, James/Jaime was among the elite in the modelling world, and in 1998 took a job co-hosting MTV's 'House of Style.' To this day, despite all her subsequent success and the fact that professionally she changed her name back to Jaime King, many people remember her and refer to Jaime as James King.
Among Jaime's many covers:
- Finland: 'Cosmopolitan' - November 2002
- Germany: 'Elle' - June 1998; 'Vogue' (Special) - March 1999; 'Glamour' - August 18 2003; 'Glamour' - August 19 2008
- Hungary: 'Cosmopolitan' - September 1999, June 2000, January 2001
- Italy: 'Glamour' - February 1996
- Japan: 'Figaro' - May 1997
- Portugal: 'Cosmopolitan' - January 2001
- Russia: 'Vogue' - October 1998
- UK: 'Scene' - January/February 1998; 'Elle' - February 1999; 'Glamour' - May 2002; 'Tatler' - April 2002; 'Marie Claire' - April 2003; 'Nylon' - April 2005
Jaime's acting career, after a few appearances that banked on her fame as a supermodel, really began in the 1999 comedy 'Happy Campers.' Since then, she has had numerous independent film roles and occasionally high-profile appearances, such as in 'Pearl Harbor' (2001), 'Sin City' (2005) and 'White Chicks' (2004). All this has made her a true celebrity, and she has appeared in music videos by The Fray and Lana Del Rey, and also voiced a character on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.'
|A retrospective in 2011 about the famous 1995 NY Times Magazine spread.|
Jaime was a drug addict during her teens, and her boyfriend from that time, David Sorrenti, apparently died from complications arising from drug abuse. She later sought treatment and kicked the drug and alcohol habits. She is married to Kyle Newman, who directed her in 'Fanboys.' They have a son, James Knight Newman. Jaime remains a top celebrity, friends with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and many others, and continuing with her successful acting career.
Jaime King has become an in-demand actress. She has appeared in numerous projects, including "Hart of Dixie" and "Pearl Harbor" (as James King). In addition, Jaime launched the Jaime King for Colour Pop makeup line in 2016 and, as the pictures below prove, she hobnobs now with the rich and famous. However, James King will never be forgotten for that celebrated introduction in 1995.
|Taylor Swift is famous for hanging around with model galpals, and Jaime King is part of the Swift-pack.|