Meet Jennifer Atilemile, the face of Forever New Curve

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Meet Jennifer Atilemile, the face of Forever New Curve

27 August, 2019

The Look of Love

Originally heralding from Melbourne, international, New York-based model Jennifer Atilemile has taken the world by storm. Now, the beauty has returned home to be the face of our new collection, Forever New Curve.

In-between shooting the first campaign (which you can explore here), we sat down with Jennifer to discuss her career, life and body positivity.

Why are you excited to be the face of Forever New Curve?

Australia has been behind the rest of the world when it comes to curve fashion, so it’s really exciting to be helping launch a range from such a great Australian brand. I’m excited to be able to represent all the women out there who have been left out of mainstream fashion, and hope that they feel as amazing as I do in the pieces!

What’s your favourite piece from the Curve collection?

Definitely the black off-the-shoulder Luna gown. I was totally having a Bond girl moment when I was shooting that. I felt expensive!

What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity means acknowledging and including all bodies that have been underrepresented in mainstream society. No matter your race, religion, gender, sexuality or skin colour – I could go on – you all deserve to be represented and worthy of the same opportunities. I believe that it begins in media and advertising.

Who’s the one woman you look up to?

My mum. She taught me to be strong and resilient, just be myself and to follow my dreams. But I’m also so inspired by all women who persevere in a world that’s constantly telling us no, and despite it all, keep shining through and kicking goals.

How did you get your start in modelling and why do you like it?

I always kind of wanted to try [modelling] out, and when curve modelling came on my radar, I was persuaded by my friends to send my photos in. I love my job, I’ve been to so many unique places I would never have been otherwise, and I’ve met some incredibly talented people.  

Do you have a favourite place you’ve visited?

Paris is never a bad idea. I’m such a romantic, and I’m just so in love with the culture and history of Paris, I’ve been there with my family, with friends as a young teenager, and also when I was in love. It’s still just as magical. It’s changed a lot though over the past 11 years since I first went, but the magic is still there. 

What challenges come with being a model?

Being away from my friends and family. I travel all the time, so trying to schedule FaceTime calls in with all that is so hectic. It happens but I’m on the road alone a lot, and it does get lonely.

Tell us about the best advice your parents have given you.

Everything is possible, so long as you work hard for it. Both my parents have shown me incredible examples of hard work and determination, and I have really learned a lot from them. They taught me to value my education, but also to chase my dreams. I’ve just received my graduation documents from my Master of Journalism/Master of International Relations, and I’m now living in New York modelling. They taught me well. 

What social injustices would you most like to change? 

All of them? Nah, one person can’t change everything, but if everyone focuses on one thing we can create change. My passion is racial inequality. I have seen it firsthand with my own family and moving overseas, it’s only been reinforced. That’s why I believe diversity in the media is super important. It has the most amazing flow on effect to society.