STYLE LIKE U spends some time inside Jenny Shimizu’s closet.

“[The first time I saw myself as a model was when] my friends woke me up at four in the morning and took me to Times Square. I saw the Banana Republic billboard that I shot with Bruce Weber. There was just a picture of my face, and underneath, it said ‘American Beauty.’ It still makes me have the chills. Never in my life did I think that I was beautiful.”

Jenny Shimizu

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7 Days Until L-Beach! Hosted by Jenny Shimizu. Featuring Uh Huh Her, Betty and more!

Question: Are you excited about hosting L-Beach next week? Have you been practicing your German?

Jenny: “i’m super excited to host the l-beach! i love Germany and i can’t wait to get a bunch of birkenstocks for cheap. i’m not kidding. the musicians are really amazing and the amount of activities they provide there is incredible. my girlfriend and i plan to shoot archery and swim in the ocean during the few breaks we have from working. i also will be unleashing one of my new t-shirts for the ladies of europe and my new tote bags… i’m really looking forward to a mini-vacation, with a bunch of great bands, great people and EUROPE!! my German is horrible, but i plan to practice over the weekend. ich bin Jenny!!”

“THERE’S A LOT MORE TO THE ICONIC JENNY SHIMIZU THAN CALVIN KLEIN ADS, DUCATIS AND UM…FERRETS.” -Cath Pope, LOTL

To read the full article , Schmoozing with Jenny Shimizu by Cath Pope for LOTL, check out the WORDS page at Jenny Shimizu Online! Pictures by Jhane Hoang.

First Look: Jenny Shimizu Online .com (Homepage) by 30Seven Design

The OFFICIAL Jenny Shimizu WEBSITE has LAUNCHED! Complete with Jenny’s STORY, 5 REELS, 100+ IMAGES, never before seen WORDS (press), official place to buy MERCH and ways to CONTACT her!

WWW.JENNYSHIMIZUONLINE.COM has finally ARRIVED!

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“Girlfriends” by Catherine Opie at Gladstone Gallery, 2010 & New York Times Review by Linda Yablonsky

Jenny (Bed), 2009

Jenny, 2009

Artifacts | Catherine Opie’s ‘Girlfriends’ By LINDA YABLONSKY | MARCH 19, 2010, 2:46 PM

Catherine Opie knows women. Self-possessed, gender-defying women who favor piercings and tattoos, and run in her butch-lesbian-bondage crowd in Los Angeles. The kind of women who attract stares and sometimes abuse. Their hair-raising, Hans Holbein-inspired portraits in Opie’s breakout appearance at the 1995 Whitney Biennial, when “identity politics” were at their height, gave her a notoriety that sent her in pursuit of less polarizing subjects: surfers, California freeways, city skylines, grand western landscapes and even high school football players.

Now, two years after her retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Opie has returned to her community roots with “Girlfriends,” a knockout show of new and never-before-seen portraits at the Gladstone Gallery. Shot in her studio during formal sittings or more casually either outdoors or at home, they include some of her past subjects as they are now, even more tattooed, transgendered – and in the case of the bare-chested Pig Pen and Alexa – riveting. There are some familiar faces as well: “The L Word” star Kate Moenning blowing a perfect smoke ring, a serious k.d. lang, a leathered-up Jenny Shimizu astride her Ducati and, in another photo, coming on from her bed. These girls sure don’t cry. They owe nothing to nobody. They are who they are. If it’s an underground they represent, it’s getting a lot of fresh air in this blue-chip gallery.

The show also includes small black-and-white portraits from the early ’90s, pictures of boyish babes that Opie made as a freshman documentarian and has since been keeping to herself. They are by turns innocent, playful and frightening. All together, “Girlfriends” shows Opie continuing to explore the hidden territories behind constructed facades. Looking at her pictures can be uncomfortable, not because of their confrontational content but because they reveal as much about the beholder as the beheld.

“Girlfriends” is on view until April 24 at Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street.

Cause+Effect Public Relations Welcomes Jenny Shimizu!

Photo by: Michael Crook

“Jenny Shimizu – the iconic supermodel, actress and media personality – continues to defy convention, and create a truly unique combination of beauty and strength.”

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Pro Wedding Photographer for a Day?

L: Jenny & her 54 ford f-1, M: Trailer Park, R: Married Couple

Q: Jenny, what’s the story behind these pictures?

JS: I drove to palm springs (in my 54 ford f-1) to go visit my gf’s parents who lived in that trailer park. we brought old cameras to take pictures way out in the joshua tree national park. we ended up spending all our money and didn’t have enough to buy gas to get us home. her dad, who was kind of an old, goodhearted, spaz (me in my later years) suggested we take pictures of his friend’s wedding that day, we could make 50 dollars and that would afford us to get home, with a little spare money for food. we ended going to goodwill purchasing some used white button up shirts, so we’d look professional and then for a day we became wedding photographers. we ended up getting home and these are a few of the pictures we took as professionals.

New York Portraits by Ari Marcopoulos and styled by Heathermary Jackson: Jenny Shimizu

Purple Fashion magazine #13 Spring Summer 2010
#4 purple FASHION WOMEN

70 Portraits, shot by 9 Photographers, in 5 cities.

L: Lindsay Lohan by Terry Richardon, R: Jenny Shimizu by Ari Marcopoulos

Jenny Shimizu – New York, New York.

“Clearly, Purple Style is always personal. We don’t photograph people to celebrate (and to sell) fashion. On the contrary we shoot creative fashion to celebrate creative people to show them at their best. Beyond that, we’re convinced that fashion isn’t interesting if interesting people don’t wear it, glamorize it, and enjoy it — season after season.
— Olivier Zahm, Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director, Purple Fashion magazine

“Being and Having” by Catherine Opie where “Chicken” = Jenny Shimizu

The complete series of "Being and Having" by Catherine Opie.

"Bo" and "Chicken"

“Shown as Opie’s first one-person gallery exhibition in November 1991 at New York’s 494 Gallery, Being and Having marked the first incidence of the strict seriality and formal classicism that would govern much of the artist’s work to come. The thirteen color photographs that make up the series are variations on a theme: decked out in exaggerated masculine facial hair and other macho props, Opie’s lesbian friends are shot against a brilliant yellow background while they stare directly into the lens of the camera. Each closely cropped image is presented in a wooden frame bearing a nameplate that lists the sitter’s party name in etched cursive script: Chicken, Con, Ingin, Papa Bear, and so on. Deliberately toying with the outward signs of gender displayed by their subjects, Opie’s photographs lambast the notion of gender identifications as stable, unified, or in any way natural.”

— Nat Trotman

Source: Catherine Opie: American Photographer, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Exhibition Catalogue, Pg. 42, 2008.

To read more on Catherine Opie, and the Being and Having series, purchase the American Photographer exhibition catalog here.