Jenny Shimizu

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Jenny Shimizu
Jenny Shimizu.jpg
Shimizu at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Born (1967-06-16) June 16, 1967 (age 54)
OccupationModel, actress
Michelle Harper
(m. 2014)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]

Jenny Lynn Shimizu (born June 16, 1967) is an American[2] model and actress.

Early life[edit]

Shimizu was born in San Jose, California, and raised in Santa Maria.[3]


While working as a mechanic,[2][4][3] Shimizu was approached to model for the Calvin Klein CK1 fragrance ads and model Calvin Klein fashions. She later was featured in the Banana Republic "American Beauty" campaign.

She became the first Asian model to walk for the highly influential catwalk Prada and also became the first minority model to open the show.[5]

Shimizu was one of the stars of Foxfire, alongside Angelina Jolie. She also had a supporting role in Jamie Babbit's 2007 film Itty Bitty Titty Committee.[6] Shimizu appeared in the third season of the Here TV original series Dante's Cove.[7]

In 2005, Shimizu appeared on Tyra Banks's reality show America's Next Top Model.[8] She appeared in season two of Bravo TV's Make Me a Supermodel as a member of the judging panel.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Shimizu was briefly in a relationship with Ione Skye.[10]

In January 2007, Shimizu described an intimate relationship she had with Madonna, claiming that Madonna would fly her to destinations across the world for sexual liaisons. "I was her secret 'booty call' available any time of the day or night for secret sex sessions."[11] She also had a romantic relationship with Angelina Jolie, which Jolie confirmed in a 1997 interview when she said, "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my [first] husband (Jonny Lee Miller)."[12]

In 2005, to protest against America's laws on gay marriage, Shimizu took part in a staged wedding ceremony with Rebecca Loos on the Sky documentary Power Lesbian UK (broadcast as Power Lesbians on LOGO in the U.S.).[13] The two had a relationship for a period thereafter.

In 2012, Shimizu met Michelle Harper at a party.[14] They married in August 2014.[15]


  1. ^ "Jenny Shimizu". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Fitzharris, Dustin (November 9, 2010). "Where Are They Now: Jenny Shimizu". Out Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Halperin, Ian (2001). Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels. New York: Citadel Press. ISBN 978-0806523101. OCLC 50639023.
  4. ^ Hargroder, Megan (December 14, 2010). "An interview with Jenny Shimizu". Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "SS 1994 Womenswear". Archived from the original on 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  6. ^ Kregloe, Karman (2007-05-29). "Review of Itty Bitty Titty Committee". Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  7. ^ Keiser, Yuki (April 2008). "Fashion & Dyke Icon Jenny Shimizu – Modeling Years". Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (March 1, 2009). "It's a face-off: 'America's Next Top Model' and 'Make Me a Supermodel' – 'ANTM' gives lip service to uniqueness, while 'MMAS' holds out edgier hope". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Andy Dehnart (January 7, 2009). "Niki Taylor, Judges Dropped from Season 2 of MMAS". Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  10. ^ How wild child Ione Skye found love with Madonna's lesbian pal Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), May 15, 1999
  11. ^ Grew, Tony (2007-01-15). "Model's tell-all book reveals Madonna and Jolie lesbian affairs". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  12. ^ Anderson, Diane (December 1997). "'Tis the Season to Be Jolie". Girlfriends. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Czyzselka, Jane (November 2005). "Jenny Shimizu & Rebecca Loos: what's the story?". Diva. Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  14. ^ Trebay, Guy (March 6, 2013). "Michelle Harper, a Woman of Mystery". New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  15. ^ Kosin, Julie (September 2, 2014). "Fashion's Favorite Risk-Taker Weds in Vintage Rochas – Michelle Harper married her girlfriend in an Olivier Theysken-designed gown". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

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