Jessica Hart (born 26 March 1986) is an Australian model. She is famous for walking in the 2012 and 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows and for appearing in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Jessica was born in Sydney, Australia and went to school in Collingwood, Victoria.
Jessica entered a modelling competition in 2000 that was sponsored by Chadwick Models and Dolly Magazine. Naturally, Jessica won. Given her looks, it probably wasn't a close call, either.
That win started Jessica's career ball rolling (please note that Jessica has tried the standard "discovered randomly in the street" story that all models use, but nobody is buying it).
This contest win led Jessica to sign with an agency, and soon she was off to New York.
Hart's career built throughout the decade of the 2000s.
In late 2008, Jessica shot her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue appearance
In 2009, Jessica contracted to represent Victoria's Secret in its catalogs.
Besides all sorts of covers in Australia, where she is dominant as the hometown girl, Jessica's many covers include:
- Germany: 'Elle' - October 2008; 'Shape' - March 2011
- Italy: 'Elle' - August 2011
- New Zealand: 'Fashion Quarterly' - Autumn 2011; 'Fashion' - March 2011
- Serbia: 'Elle' - September 2011
- Spain: 'Elle' - August 2011; 'Grazia' - October 09 2013
- Switzerland 'L'Officiel' - May 2014
- UK: 'Salt' - March 2012; 'GQ' - April 2014
Jessica has done a little acting as well as modelling, appearing in MTV's 'The City,' but very definitely remains a working model. She remains based in New York, where she bought her mother a downtown apartment, and is still represented by Chadwick Models - loyal girl.
Jessica Hart's biggest moment in the tabloids came after she had walked in the 2012 and 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. This should have been a crowning moment in Jessica Hart's career, and perhaps it was... but not in the way that most models would like.
American pop singer Taylor Swift at that time (and she still does) was hanging around the Victoria's Secret models, being friends with them and singing at the shows. She reportedly had a room set aside in one of her New York pads for one model, she went to amusement parks with another model, unconfirmed rumors flew that she was dating a third - basically, Taylor was best buds with the top models.
Some thought that Taylor, by all this associating with the prettiest girls in town, was tacitly implying that she, too, was a Victoria's Secret model - or was of that quality of beauty. It was kind of "beauty by association." Now, let's be clear, Taylor Swift is a very attractive girl, anyone with eyes can see that. However, Victoria's Secret models must meet extremely stringent requirements in terms of height and, well, lots of other things. Let's just say that not everybody agreed that Taylor Swift fit into the select Victoria's Secret category of beauty. Jessica Hart was in that group.
|Taylor Swift and Jessica Hart.|
God bless her [Taylor Swift's] heart. I think she's great. But I don't know, to me, she didn't fit. I don't know if I should say that.This quote got a lot of media play. And, Jessica, you were probably right - about all of that, every single word you said there.
Well, let's be plain: Jessica Hart is perfectly free to think whatever she wants to think and to say whatever she likes. She expressed a perfectly reasonable opinion, shared by many (some secretly). However, Taylor Swift can think and say whatever she likes, too.
Apparently - and this is all conjecture, but very widely believed in certain circles - Taylor did not take at all kindly to being called out as not quite at the level of beauty of a Victoria's Secret model. Again, pure speculation, but some believe that Taylor Swift heard about Jessica's comment (as did everyone else) and did some talking of her own - to the people that run the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Now, Ed Razek - he's the one that happens to run the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, basically Ed is the guy with the clipboard - vehemently denies that anything of the sort took place. Nobody got banned, nobody ever gets banned, why, who would ever think such a thing! However, Taylor Swift appeared at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - and Jessica Hart did not. Nor did Jessica appear at the 2015 show or the 2016 show or.... And this despite the fact that Jessica Hart without question is one of the most beautiful models in the world (at least when Jessica keeps her mouth shut).
Some "sources" later plainly (but without attribution, because Taylor apparently has big ears) said that Taylor Swift got Jessica banned from walking in the annual Victoria's Secret Show. So, there is more to this tale than mere rumor-mongering. Apparently, Jessica's troubles did not end there, either, as someone spilled some scalding hot coffee on her feet at an airport soon after. Taylor Swift has a lot of fans, and they are everywhere.
Jessica Hart had her contract with the firm's Body by Victoria line renewed after the controversy, so she definitely hasn't been banned from working at Victoria's Secret - but the fashion show may be another matter. As for Jessica, she take the whole imbroglio philosophically:
It was taken out of context, but I have certainly learnt my lesson.Yes, don't mess with the big dawg, you may get bitten.
In any event, Jessica Hart is in no danger of being evicted from her apartment or anything. Since 2011, she has been dating Stavros Niarchos III, a Greek billionaire.
Jessica is very... up front about getting things... off her chest. During her fittings for the 2013 Victoria's Secret Show (a very significant show for her, as we already have seen), Jessica was caught on camera admitting that she adds some padding to her runway bra. You have to admit, Jessica Hart doesn't hold anything back!