Jennie Runk (born June 13, 1989) is an American plus-size model. She is best known for appearing in H&M's Summer 2013 beachwear campaign, which was featured on the front page of H&M's United States website in late April 2013.
13 June 1989|
Georgia, United States
|Occupation||Fashion model |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Hair color||Light Brown|
|Eye color||Blue |
|Agency||Jag Models, Ford Models, Mother Model Management (mother agency)|
Jennie Runk was born in Georgia and later moved to Chesterfield, Missouri. Runk became a Girl Scout at age 5. As a teenager, she was involved with her high school drama program and worked as a Girl Scout leader. Her family rescued and fostered dogs. She volunteered for the cat adoption center for Open Door Animal Sanctuary at Petsmart in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Runk was discovered in 2003 at 13 in a PetSmart in Chesterfield, Missouri by Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management while she was volunteering for the cat adoption department. At the time, she was a size 8, in between straight size and plus-size modeling. The Clarkes told her she needed to either lose weight or gain weight to model. She chose to gain between 10 and 20 lb (4.5 and 9.1 kg) to a size 10–12 to become a plus-size model.
She initially signed with New York agency Wilhelmina Models in March 2004. She later switched to Ford Models. Runk starting modeling full-time in 2011 after she moved to New York City. Her first major editorial was Body Language in US Vogue's April 2005 Shape issue, which was photographed by Steven Meisel.
In addition she appeared twice in Glamour, most notably (in November 2009) nude with six other plus-size models including Ashley Graham, Crystal Renn and Lizzie Miller. Other editorials include Cosmo Girl in February 2006, Marie Claire in October 2007, and several Seventeen editorials. Runk was also interviewed by Vogue Italia's Vogue Curvy.
Her beachwear appearance in H&M's Summer 2013 campaign was featured on the front page of H&M's US website in late April 2013 and received extensive media coverage and spread rapidly through blogs and social media. Her Facebook page gained 2,000 likes in 24 hours and increased to over 12,000 likes in a few months. As a result of the coverage, Runk wrote an op-ed piece for BBC on size diversity in fashion and her experiences as a model in May 2013.
Runk lives in New York City. She owns a one-eyed cat, Jasmine.
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