NAME: Jamima Louise
OCCUPATION: Fashion stident at LIN College, aspiring designer.
FACECLAIM: Clemence Poesy
Jamima was born in Barcelona, in her mother’s home city. Yes, she’s half spanish and her father is originally from Toulouse. The girl grew up learning and speaking three different languages all at once: Spanish, French and English. Her father is a skipper who works for a Cruise company which meant he had to travel a lot, so at only age three Jamima, or Jamie as she likes to be called, started her life at sea. Of course they would return to Spain quite often and sometimes France as well, but her real life was abroad. From such a young age she’s been able to witness so many cultures and experience new flavors from all around the world. The part which stuck with her most was the fashion aspect of it all. She’s very creative and always noticed what people were wearing, what was traditional and what was from another culture as well as what inspired the look. So, when she was seven, her mother bought her her very first sketchbook (which she still has until today, in a box under her bed) which she immediately started to fill, and thus began her journey into fashion.
On her eighteenth birthday, Jamima received the perfect present from her parents. A one way ticket to New York City and an application form to the LIN college. Naturally, she jumped at the opportunity and filled out all the details in her neat, perfect hand writing. Language was not a problem for her, because despite her spanish-french accent, she was home schooled and followed the international curriculum due to her nomadic lifestyle. Jamima has always been a perfectionist and thus managed to maintain point-perfect grades throughout her entire childhood. She’ll work day and night to get something done on time and the right way, will never rush anything or leave it to the last minute. Thus, everything has to be just right. She gets very antsy, nervous, stressed or uncomfortable when she’s not in control or running out of time. She can’t bear it if one little thing is out of place or one little detail is not right or missing. All this put together makes her come off as a bitch as first, second and third impressions. And, through time, she’s learnt to simply accept the Jamima people see her as, and acts the part at all times, wether it feels like the real her or not. In fact, she’s so busy with school, her job as an aspiring designer and bossing people around, that she’s somewhat lost touch with who or what the real Jamima might be.
However, if you ignore the snarky comments and bitchy stare-downs and take your time to break through the shell of vulnerability and endless flaws, you’ll be quite surprised by what you find. Yes, she’ll always have an obsessive need for perfection and control, but the Jamima who’s not constantly fighting to be better than everyone else and stitching dresses together until her fingers bleed, is actually a very polite girl with a vast knowledge of the world who would make for a very exciting and agreeable dinner date.