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  • Jessica Stam, a regular at The Smile café in Tribeca, New York, recommends the bacon. “Trust me,” she says. “I’m a pig farmer’s daughter.” And she’s right. The bacon – three thickly cut slices, slowly marinaded in organic maple syrup – is so succulent that it really does melt in my mouth.

    Just back from a break in Miami with her boyfriend, sustainable construction entrepreneur Zac Waksal, Stam has a relaxed, post-vacation glow about her. In her favorite J Brand jeans, Chanel ‘bovver’ boots, a cartilage piercing and a Canada Goose parka, it’s clear that even in off-duty mode, the 27-year-old puts clothes together with attitude. No wonder designers clamor to collaborate with her, such as Peter Pilotto, Rag & Bone, and that ultimate style accolade, the quilted Marc Jacobs Stam bag, designed in her honor.

    Stam and Waksal stayed at their favorite hotel in South Beach, The Standard, and went flyboarding, “which feels like flying above the water”. But if you follow the model on Instagram you will already

    know this, of course, just as you will know about the Mobb Deep concert she recently attended, where she was pulled up on stage by the hip-hop duo. “A friend of mine once put her hand up and got called up on the stage, and I’ve always wanted to see if I could do that, too. I was just this random person, it wasn’t planned...”

    But a “random person” Jessica Stam is not. In the flesh, she isn’t just pretty, she is breathtakingly beautiful; an exquisite hybrid of Natalia Vodianova, Twiggy, maybe even a little bit of Clara Bow, the original It girl. It was Stam – along with Gemma Ward, Lily Cole, Lindsey Wixson and Sasha Pivovarova, or the “Doll Faces”, as they were nicknamed by the

    “[I lived] with five MODELS in one room, bunk beds, no CLOSET space and a doorman with a CURFEW”

    Sweater and skirt by Neil Barrett; sandals by Gucci

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