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EXCLUSIVE! Sean Penn's Rumored GF Jessica White Says: I Cried When Tyra Named Me 'Model Of The Generation!'

Thu, August 12, 2010 2:20pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment
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We got to talk to supermodel Jessica White, who is totally flattered that Tyra Banks thinks so highly of her!

Step aside Kate Moss, because according to Tyra Banks, 26-year-old Jessica White is the model of this generation! We caught up with the Sports Illustrated model/actress at the 4 Season Style Management show Aug. 11 and got an EXCLUSIVE interview with the 5’9 stunner. We asked her how she felt when she heard about Tyra’s compliment in 2007.

“For me, it’s been a little more personal for her to say something like that, and it brought tears to my eyes,” she told us. “To hear that comment from a woman who is so successful like she is … to recognize hard work and dedication.”

The über-talented model wants you to realize that if you’re interested in following in her footsteps, you need a strong group of people around you.

“I think to be a successful model, beauty is definitely a standard,” she admits. “But I think it takes great work ethic. A tremendous amount of resilience. This is a very lonely industry and to have survived since I was 14, I’m 26 now, it says a lot about a person’s character and their foundation. I have a great mother, sisters, publicist, friends, business managers … you can’t do it alone.”

You may be surprised to find out that this cat-walking goddess won’t be walking in New York Fashion Week. “I’m actually going to be behind the scenes. Im working with the Nine West Fashion Relief. I left my runway shoes a long time ago.”

— Anna Payan