Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Unless you are an old-school hockey fan who grew up in the 1980’s, you wouldn’t know much about this frozen outpost of close to one million in this western Canadian province.
During their heyday, the Edmonton Oilers boasted-perhaps—the greatest hockey team ever assembled in the former of future Hall of Famers in forwards such as Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, wingers such as Paul Coffey and netminders such as Grant Fuhr.
Thanks to their dominance in winning five Stanley Cups from the mid-to-late 1980’s, the Oilers turned Northlands Coliseum into one of the toughest rinks to skate at.
While that once-storied and unmatched era of greatness is now gone, thanks to 20-year-old NHL phenom in Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophy winner Connor McDavid, the Oilers are set up for another era of potential greatness.
Aside from their Oilers, Edmonton is also the home of the likes of Hollywood A-listers such as Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Jill Hennessy and fashion model Meghan Collison, Despite being tucked in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the so-called “Gateway to the North” Edmonton is a multi-cultural hub that has one of Canada’s largest Asian populations outside of Southeast Asian with a combined provincial population of 155,000-plus between it and Calgary to the south.
One such individual who is a product of the diverse and multi-faceted region is Instagram bikini and lingerie model, Jasmine Simpson.
A perfect reflection of her diverse hometown, the Alberta-born beauty is a intoxicating mix of ethnic culture, thanks to her German, Chinese, Vietnamese and native American heritage. Despite being a petite five feet tall, the 23-year-old mother of two is a head-turner, thanks to appearing in publications such as Ethereal Magazine.
Born in Edmonton, raised in Calgary and now based in sunny Los Angeles, Simpson is not only the latest in Canadian-born beauties to migrate to SoCal, but may also be one of the hottest thanks to her impressive portfolio of lingerie, bikini and fitness posts on Instagram.
Below is my Q and A with the Edmonton-born eski-hottie as we talk life in LA, the proper pronunciation of Calgary, and being a Oilers fan growing up deep in enemy territory up north.
Name: Jasmine Simpson
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Social Media Links: Instagram: @itsjasminesimpson | Twitter: @jasminesimp | Snapchat: Leenglui
Modeling Agency: Independent freelance model/Wunder Agency
Notable Brands, Publications and Media Featured In: Ethereal Magazine
How’s Los Angeles treating you these days? Its been great ! Its been a journey but such a beautiful place to be & so much opportunity!
Since you’re from Calgary, is is CAL-GARY or CAL-GA-REE? Haha, it is CAL-GA-REE
Keep up with the Flames, or have you converted to the Kings or Ducks? I unfortunately haven’t been keeping up with any sports I’ve been so busy! PLUS they aren’t so big on hockey here!!
What has been the best place you’ve been too and visited so far? The best place I have visited so far in SoCal is La Jolla
You have a very unique exotic and diverse look, do you feel that has helped or hindered you in modeling? To be honest, I believe so .. I can go from glam to boho in 2.5 seconds & sometimes people don’t even recognize me in photos…its a blessing and a cure at the same time!
What kind of model are you (IG, fitness, bikini, lingerie) My main platform is Instagram : @Itsjasminesimpson, I do bikini , lingerie and I am hoping to starting branching off to fitness . Once I start getting back into my routine again.
How long have you been modeling? I’ve have been modeling for a total of 4 months now .
What first inspired you to become one? I have always love doing my hair & make up , and anyone who knows me knows I love me some selfies ! Its funny cause it actually didn’t come across my mind to even get into modeling until I came across this ad on Craigslist , so I submitted my photos as a joke thinking “ooh right as if they would get back to me.” sure enough they did … and its sparked my interested since .
As a model, do you feel that more can be done by those in the industry? Why and why not? As a model, I feel like a lot of work goes into to perfecting our portfolio’s , finding the right team to work closely with , networking & also with events and bookings etc. What we do within the industry is great already ! If anything, I just always believe it should be a positive & uplifting community, we could always use lots of that!
How do you loved ones and family feel abut you being in modeling? They love it, they are so supportive of it and push me every step of the way. Especially my mother, she’s my cheerleader & momager! The sweetest and most selfless woman you’ll meet .
Where has been your favorite place to shoot? My favorite place to shoot has been in La Jolla , the Pierr & cliffs were so absolutely stunning i had to stay behind after just to watch the tide come up .
What is the most exciting aspect of modeling? The most amazing part of it all is that its so diverse , you can pick a specific niche and if it doesn’t work for you…its on to the next one. You also get to meet such an amazing amount of people , networking has changed my life for the better. Some say I’m a social butterfly.
With fall right around the corner, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops? I absolutely adore the off the shoulder knitted look . It’s so laid back but sexy at the same time ! The type jeans with boots type things , NO UGGS ! PLEASE NO . My style is pretty simple but sexy at the same time … less is more !
Athleisure? Fashion or fitness fad? I’m pretty diverse when it comes to this, I love Athleisure as a mom of two this is a MUST in our wardrobe for those errands & house cleaning days. Now , catch me on a good day & you have glam and fashion on the top charts. Can’t go wrong with either.
Within the industry, who is your modeling inspiration? I would definitely have to say Khloe Terae , she’s classy but sexy at the same time.
What is your workout and fitness secret to staying in shape? Kids. Haha, just kidding! I would say just eating healthy and sleeping well plays a HUGE part in it and than throwing in a few work outs here and there is great at first, develop and consistent routine and than just keep training harder. The worst thing to do would be to jump in two feet deep & give up. Baby steps.
What would you say is your best feature? I would have to say my jawline. My features tend to be more defined, ESPECIALLY with the contouring. Thank Jesus for contouring! haha.
Any future projects coming down the pipeline? I have a few in store that are brewing as of right now, hang tight!
Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies? I absolutely adore spending time with my kids, my family and friends . Aside from that, reading, sitting by the beach, walks, talks, eating & we can’t forget painting. If I just need some quiet time to myself, unwind & clear my thoughts. painting is the way to go!
Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs? It’s funny you asked, I actually root for the Oilers. I moved to California from Calgary! BUT, I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, which is 3 hours away from Calgary. GOOO OILERS!
What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling? Oh gosh. Do what your heart pulls you to do . DO NOT let ANYONE tell you that you can’t do it because it will be to difficult , or there isn’t enough opportunity, etc. I had everyone tell me under the sun that I couldn’t make it and that it would take years for me to get noticed BUT I also had the positive people in my life who told me different and kept pushing me to go further on days, I would doubt myself, surround yourself with good people .
All I am saying is DONT doubt yourself. If you have a passion for modeling & a passion for networking , do it . You will only become successful doing what you love doing from the heart. Just be sure your consistent with what your doing & all else with fall into place! I promise.
Special thanks to Jasmine Simpson for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. All images used with permission and are the rightful property of their respective owners.