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Jade Cole
Born Jade Chantel Cole
(1979-06-19) June 19, 1979 (age 36)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Los Angeles
Nationality American
Other names Jade Rodan
Ethnicity African-American
Occupation Model
Years active 1994 - present
Known for America's Next Top Model cycle 6
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Manager Elite Model Management;[1]
Diva Models, Singapore;
Dream Models, Hong Kong;
Uber-Warning Models, LA;
VMH Models, Vancouver;
SMG Models, Seattle

Jade Cole is an American fashion and print model. She first appeared on Cycle 6 of America's Next Top Model. She is also the founder of Biracial Butterfly Productions, an agency that represents models with biracial ethnicity.

America's Next Top Model

Cycle 6

While Cole had had previous modeling experience, ANTM was the first time she had national attention focused on her. Cole was one of the thirteen female contestants on cycle 6 of ANTM, eventually taking third place in the competition. Joane Ann "Joanie" Dodds took runner-up and Danielle "Dani" Evans ended up winning the cycle. During her tenure on the show, Cole was described as "obnoxious, self-absorbed, and flamboyant"[1] and "arrogant... and one of ANTM‍ '​s greatest villains."[2] E! News called Cole one of the "two biggest bitches in the history of the show."[3] In response, Cole has stated that she felt ANTM was a "misrepresentation", an "inaccurate performance" and that she had been exploited.[4] Entertainment Weekly included her in their list of favorite contestants[5] and worst makeovers.[6]

Cycle 17

Cole stated that she had turned down America's Next Top Model cycle 17, "The All Stars", citing contract issues.[7]

In an interview, Cole stated, "As much as I would have loved to be back on TV, I felt I possibly would be misrepresented if appearing on [Season] 17. [It's basically] signing your rights and life hypothetically away. ... Reality shows frequently portray a modified and highly influenced form of reality. [We're] often persuaded to act in specific scripted ways by off-screen 'story editors' or 'segment television producers,' with the portrayal of events and speech manipulated and contrived to create an illusion of reality through direction and post-production editing techniques."[8]


Cole has signed with a number of agencies since her appearance on ANTM. She has signed with Diva Models, based in Singapore; Dream Models, based in Hong Kong; Uber-Warning Models, based in Los Angeles; VMH Models, based in Vancouver; and SMG Models, based in Seattle.[9][non-primary source needed] She has also signed a contract with Elite Model Management.[1]



Date Title Episode Note
2013 Fashion News Live 11.25 Self
2006 The Tyra Banks Show Top Model Premiere Party Self
2006 America's Next Top Model (cycle 6) All 13 episodes Self
1994 The Word 5.10 Self

Music videos

Date Title Artist
2009 Digital Girl Jamie Foxx
2007 Go On Girl Ne-Yo
2003 Change Clothes Jay-Z

Personal life

Cole was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[10] and she is of mixed ethnicity: her father is African-American, and her mother is Dutch. Though her ambiguous ethnicity initially caused her annoyance when people questioned her about it, she learned to use it to her advantage in her modeling career.[11]

Cole has partnered with Casa de Amparo, an organization that aims to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Ngo, Denise (22 November 2012). "America’s Next Top Model: Where are they now?". MSN. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Stiles, Nancy (3 July 2013). "25 Reality TV Stars Who Need to Make a Comeback". Complex. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Abrams, Natalie (1 April 2009). "category header Watch with Kristin News/ ANTM: Get Our Tips for Top Models!". E! News. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biracial Butterfly Model Jade Cole of ANTM x OUCH! Magazine". 16 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (27 August 2008). "'America's Next Top Model': Our 15 Favorite Contestants". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Soll, Lindsay; Ward, Kate (11 March 2009). "15 Worst 'Top Model' Makeovers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Rees, Alex (13 May 2011). "This Is Why Jade Cole Is Not on the All-Stars Cycle of ANTM". New York Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Nolif, Joel (14 September 2011). "'America's Next Top Model' delivers more entertainment than supermodel success". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "ANTM Finalist Jade C. Chooses Model Scouts and Lands International Contracts". Model Scouts. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Jones, LaMont (19 May 2006). "Also-ran 'Top Models' with local ties will keep posing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Bharathan, Bijoy (29 June 2011). "The chameleon takes on Chennai". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Tucker, Wehtahnah (21 April 2010). "Top chefs raise money for local organization". The Coast News. Retrieved 6 September 2014.