Although she makes it seem like she’s not trying, Jasmin Wenzel is on her way to the top. The Italian-German-Filipina is now a frequently photographed presence in hundreds of print ads and fashion shoots, and she’s just getting started.
Words by Matthew Arcilla | Photography Xander Angeles
Styling by Matt Gozun | Hair and Makeup by Jake Galvez
As a constant presence in magazines and billboards, one would think that there’s nothing left to see in Jasmin Wenzel. Her alluring looks are oft juxtaposed alongside brand logos like Lexus and Budweiser, but there’s a sexier side that has heretofore been uncovered. Witness as this official spokesmodel for Docomo Pacific dares to bare, in an exclusive shoot with Uno.
It’s hard to believe, but there’s a sexier side to Jasmin Wenzel that we haven’t seen before. You seem to really know how to shed your inhibitions for the camera.Thanks.
How did your modeling career start?
I didn’t think I had any potential when I was young, but after my first shoot I began to recognize how comfortable I was in front of the camera.
What was your first shoot like?
In truth, it was extremely nerve-wracking: it was a bathing suit shoot. It sounds cliché, but I felt very unattractive the whole time. Right there I felt like I wanted to hide my body and leave. It was intimidating. It was like ripping off a band-aid.
That sounds tough. What made you decide to go back?
When the shots came back, I showed them to some people and they told me I really looked like I knew what I was doing. That was when I discovered that
I could put my trust in the photographer.
So now that you are more experienced, how do you prepare yourself mentally for a shoot?
Honestly, I have done it so many times I feel like it comes naturally now. Still, I do some research on the type of shoot and the theme. I believe it’s important to show up prepared.
And when the shoot begins?
I focus on what I’m being told to do, and not worry so much about what I look like. By concentrating on directions, I’m not so self-conscious and I can finish anything. As long as you are confident in your performance, everything else will follow.
How do you feel about the increased exposure you have now, both literally and figuratively?
I feel more comfortable in my skin. At this point in my career, being in front of the camera is no longer scary, but FUN!
So how do you decide how much you’re willing to bare?
Prior to this Uno shoot, the most exposed I’ve ever been was in a bikini. I would never consider posing nude. That goes against my morals. Being in a bikini is pretty much the most I would bare. What I’ve modeled in so far is what I’m comfortable with.
You’ve quickly grown to become somewhat of a muse for Guam’s top photographers.
I’m very fortunate to have such established photographers want to work with me. It’s very flattering and encouraging. I honestly find it astonishing that so many photographers have expressed their interest in he0.lping me build my portfolio.
I noticed you get a lot of special attention from Henri Oftana, who also helped with your website.
color: rgb(47, 43, 44);">Henri is a tremendously talented photographer, and I am more than grateful for his contributions to my modeling career.
How has the Miss Earth pageant affected your modeling career?
I think participating in the Miss Earth pageant has definitely benefited my modeling career. After the pageant, I gained a whole new air of confidence in myself and felt more positive about excelling in all aspects of my life.
Wow, that’s a pretty upbeat answer.
Don’t get me wrong. The pageant took a lot of hard work and it was draining. It was a long commitment. We had practice every night, events that we had to attend, and I was on a strict diet. But those sacrifices were nothing compared to the friends I made and the impact the experience has had on my life.
Between gigs and school, you work at your family’s restaurant. What kind of food do they serve there?
We serve all of the local favorites there. It’s a combination of Chamorro and Filipino cuisines.
What kind of duties do you have there?
I have a range of tasks at the restaurant. As manager, I mostly oversee things
and make sure that everything is running smoothly.
How do you deal with the customers who try to get too much of your attention?
I try to treat everyone like regular customers. Sometimes it can be difficult, especially when they try too hard to get my attention.
That sounds irritating.
It’s kind of bothersome because I’m in a work environment, and it’s very unprofessional and distracting. I’m just very fortunate that it doesn’t happen all too often.
So, how does a guy get your sincere, undivided attention?
Being genuine and kind works. Someone cocky or intrusive is definitely a turnoff. If they wanted to catch my attention, they shouldn’t be afraid to be sincere about themselves.
When your shift ends and you have no shoot commitments, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t always have a lot of free time. I always find time to workout at least thrice a week.
Workouts? What about something mere mortals do?
Well, I like to watch scary movies and I love to go out dancing.
What plans have you set for your future?
My short term goal is to get my college degree at UOG. I’m hoping to teach secondary education and/or nutrition. Still, I’m flexible. Plans can change easily, and I have many different interests.
That’s a good philosophy to have.
Being happy is my long term goal, so I don’t focus on figuring everything out by 21. A job that I enjoy enough that it doesn’t feel like work is what matters to me. I simply want to be stable and enjoy life.