Monika “Jac” Jagaciak (born 15 January 1994) is a Polish model. Since signing with IMG Models in 2007 Jagaciak has been given the nickname “Jac” by the agency.
Jagaciak’s modeling career began in 2007 after she was encouraged by her sister to attend an open casting of GAGA Models Agency at a shopping center in Poland. She was then picked up by IMG who signed her and in July 2007 she appeared on the cover of French Jalouse. Her big break came at age 13, when Jagaciak went on to land a Hermes campaign for the Fall/Winter 2007 season alongside Daria Werbowy, beating out 600 other candidates while still in primary school. Jagaciak stated in a later interview that before doing the campaign she had never heard of Hermes, nor had she heard of the photographer of the shoot Peter Lindbergh, “I think not knowing helped me stay relaxed” she said. Though Jagaciak’s photos incensed some critics, who were upset at the idea of sexualizing girls at such a young age. Soon after, Jagaciak began traveling overseas for her career and in 2008 she traveled to Japan where she landed the cover of Elle. In May 2008, she appeared for the second time on the cover of French Jalouse, and in October 2008 Jagaciak also landed covers for Japanese Harper’s Bazaar, and Japanese Spur. Jagaciak was set to appear on the cover of Australian Vogue when the editor decided she was wasn’t old enough,and she had to sit out fashion shows due to age regulations.
Jagaciak was born in Poznań, Wielkopolska, Poland and comes from an athletic family. Her dad coaches athletes from Wielkopolska, and her sister, Anna Jagaciak (who was recently announced to be Poland’s best long jumper), competes in long jump and triple jump. Monika and her family live in Mosina, a township of just 12,107 surrounded by national park about 20 km south of Poznań. In her spare time Jagaciak enjoys playing sports and drawing. Despite Jagaciak’s busy career she considers education very important.
Her model friends include Frida Gustavsson, Sigrid Agren, Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, Nimue Smit, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Imogen Morris Clarke, Sophie Srej, Anna Gushina, Auguste Abeliunaite, Lyndsey Scott, Yulia Leontieva, Samantha Gradoville, and Katie Fogarty.
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