Jeneil Williams discussing her journey from Kingston, Jamaica, to the world’s fashion runways. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)
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Her striking goddess-like face has graced the covers of the world’s top fashion and lifestyle magazines, yet, international model Jeneil Williams remains anchored to her Jamaican roots.
Hers has been the face of L’Oréal Paris’ global campaign in the same year that she scored heavily with Vogue – appearing in the German and Japanese editions of the magazine as well as on the cover of Turkish Vogue. That same month she appeared on nine pages of the trendy Flare fashion glossy.
At age 17, Williams became Jamaica’s hottest face and the face of Pulse, the Jamaican agency which launched her career on the international stage. She was named “World Model of the Week” within about a week of being jetting on to the world stage.
Below: Jeneil Williams, the designer, (left) taking a bow with a fellow model wearing a swimsuit from Williams’ “Rogue Creation” line. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)
Speaking to Easy at the just-ended 2019 Caribbean Fashion Week, Williams looked back on her success, acknowledging her accomplishment of making it to the world’s hottest runways and wearing the designs of the biggest names in international fashion.
She has realised her dream from those days when she was competing in high jump and long jump as an athlete at Jamaica’s Vere Technical High School, while never wanting to be a professional athlete.
“It was my dream to become a model from day one. I always wanted to entertain, to be a model or an actor.” Her third place position in the Pulse Model Search in Jamaica in 2005 was the springboard. She was introduced to the NY market by Pulse chairman Kingsley Cooper, whose alliance with the NY Models agency enabled her to shoot her first campaign for Benetton. (GC)
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