Jazmine is one of those sweethearts. She wears vintage rockband t-shirts and skinny jeans. She has a quietly respectful way around a set. She remembers the names and faces of every person she’s ever worked with, and when she recognises you in a crowd, breaks into the most welcoming smile that only the Gold Coast can give you, and the brightest hello you could ask for when all you want to do is skip the rest of Fashion Week and escape the sweaty madness of elbows backstage. And she was the one walking five shows a day.
On this particular afternoon, from memory, Jazmine had a flight back home in an hour and a half, and we were running low on natural light (I have yet to find a personal photographic appreciation for artificial studio lighting), so the favourite two captures of Jazmine’s mesmerisingly symmetrical face ended up being our light tests, with some kind of polished rawness that Jazmine’s personal style, Filomena’s sexy rock’n’roll tendencies, and Bei Na’s designs jigsawed to become.
Needless to say, I’m dying to shoot with this fresh face again – once with maximum freckle action, stormy skies, flat seas, no bras and wide-legged man-suits; once with a tractor, elbow grease, lacy slips, dirty boots, and Granny Smith apples; and once with hot curlers, ashtrays, a Hall of Mirrors, high heels, a Bull Terrier and her vintage t-shirts.
No other model Australia’s seen in the past year could pull any of that off.
Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.