Ethnicity: African, West Indian and her maternal grandmother is Caucasian.
Tookes was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California.She has a younger sister, who is 19 years her junior. She did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15.
Her mother is a celebrity fashion stylist. Tookes was discovered at one of her mother’s showroom appointments.
Tookes’ first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for ugg boots and Gap. Before breaking out on the international scene, she booked a Spring 2011 DKNY campaign and a layout in Vogue Italia.
According to Page six of The New York Post, when Oprah Winfrey saw Tookes perform on the catwalk in October 2011 at the “Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren”, Winfrey extolled Tookes’ buttery soft skin and requested that Tookes “Rub your face against mine.”
Models.com named Tookes as one of the top 10 new models in a September 27, 2011 fashion week post. Tookes was selected by Style as its top new model in November 2011 based on her work for the Spring Fashion Shows.
She was one of eleven new models for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012. The 2012 show was taped in November and broadcast on the CBS network on December 4. The night before the airing of the fashion show, Tookes and fellow Victoria’s Secret models Behati Prinsloo and Jacquelyn Jablonski guest starred on the December 3 “Ha’awe Make Loa” episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.
In 2015, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel again.
Tell us a bit about your childhood.
I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. I was very athletic, playing volleyball and softball. I did gymnastics for about ten years, too. I have a 2-year-old little sister; we’re nineteen years apart.
How did you get discovered?
I always had an interest in fashion because my mom is a celebrity fashion stylist. I grew up being on set or in showrooms. I was actually discovered while at a showroom appointment and was immediately sent over to an agency in L.A. I was about 15 years old at that time.
If you could change one thing about the modeling industry, what would it be?
I would change Fashion Week castings. I would put all the designers in one big room and hold a casting for three days. That way all the designers get to see you and you’re not running around like a madwoman trying to make it to every one!
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Definitely Michael Jackson! My mom and I grew up listening to him and Janet Jackson.
You’re about to be stranded on an island and you can bring one person and one thing. What would you bring?
My mom and iPhone. That way we could have a little island party with music, awesome photos, and games to play if we get bored.
What’s your diet like?
I hate to say this, but I’m one of those people with an extremely fast metabolism. I eat, eat, eat, and yet I can’t seem to gain any weight. Lobster and crabs are favorites. Also, I LOVE pizza … I think I could eat pizza every day.
Do you work out?
Well, a lot of my friends have been trying to get me to try yoga. So yoga could possibly be in my future.
Best advice received on modeling?
Stay humble. No matter what huge campaign or contract you may do.
Are you dating anyone?
Yes, I am. He’s one of the sweetest young men out there in this crazy world!
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully with my own cosmetics line and happily married with kids.
Traveling the world
Jasmine’s Beautiful living room. Simple and chic.
Jasmine Tookes Family
Jasmine’s Gorgeous mother
Jasmine’s Beautiful Grandmother