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Jenny Shimizu Joins 'Make Me A Supermodel'

Jenny Shimizu Joins 'Make Me A Supermodel'

Former model Jenny Shimizu is returning to the spotlight as a judge on Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel. Here’s what the 41-year-old had to say to Life & Style:

You quit modeling to become a mechanic. Why come back now? Being a mechanic is really my passion, and I’ll always do that. But I actually love fashion and modeling too. I like the fact that I came from a different place: I’m Japanese, I’m small, I have tattoos, I’m a lesbian. Shows like this offer a huge amount of possibility and opportunity.

Your Wikipedia entry says you dated Madonna during your heyday. What is dating? Madonna’s a wonderful woman. When I first got to New York, I knew very little, and she knew all about the city — she was a wonderful kind of tour guide.

And how would you define your much-publicized relationship with Angelina Jolie? People say you two were together for around 10 years. Are you still in touch? It was like a college romance; it happened so long ago. When it was happening, it was wonderful — you’re meeting an incredible woman and you celebrate that. But then you see it on TV and it becomes almost ugly… To give the relationship integrity, I tend to be quiet about it. Things are implied in order to start a controversy. The relationship happened when we were both children… [No, we don't keep in touch] This comes up every three years or so. Saying we’re in Cambodia having an affair sells magazines.

Are you surprised that Angelina now has kids and is with a man? No. Gender never really plays an issue with someone like her who’s attractive to everybody. And Angelina was always going to adopt a lot of kids. She told me she was going to, and she’s a woman of her word.

Make Me a Supermodel premieres on Wednesday, March 4 @ 10/9c on Bravo.

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