Jess Cole (born in Plymouth, UK) is a high fashion model and writer. Cole was one of the original contributors for the UK’s gal-dem magazine and has also written for the Guardian, i-D, Dazed, Document Journal and Vogue International, and is specifically interested, via interview-based creative essays, in broadening the narratives of diversity by exploring the rich variety of blackness within the public sphere. Drawing on her experience as a high fashion model, Cole creates disruptive narratives through an interchanging lens of radical feminism and environmental concerns.
In 2017, a chance encounter with an IMG agent led Cole (with a freshly chopped short mullet) into an unexpected path as a high fashion model at the age of 22. Three months into being signed worldwide with IMG models, she signed an exclusive contract with Burberry. In addition to fronting campaigns for Celine, Mugler, Burberry and more, Cole has modelled for American, British, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Korean Vogue. She has also walked the runways for luxury brands such as Tom Ford, Hermes, Kenzo, and her most cherished experience is being a frequent face for the iconic and black-focused high-end brand, Wales Bonner.
In 2020, Cole co-directed her first play, an adaptation of TS Eliot’s The Family Reunion, whose opening night was just days before coronavirus hit. Recently, Cole has turned her attention from journalism towards creative works: a forthcoming self-guided poetry collection and exploring sensorial script writing.