As magazines and dedicated model websites are quick to note, Constance (pictured left) and Jacquelyn (right) Jablonski are not related. But can a shared name bring shared success? With parallel rises to It Girl status during the last two fashion seasons, I can’t help but surmise that their successes are related.
After all, it is human nature to want to put things into boxes—”That band sounds a lot like Bowie” or “The film was very Hitchcockian.” It’s how our minds work and the fashion industry is notorious for relying on these easy categorizations to create sweeping phenomena. They created the need for Brazilians to walk the catwalks after realizing we really, really liked the way Gisele looked in the early 2000’s. Sasha Pivovarova was named ‘Baby Gemma’ following the success of look-alike Ward, even scooping up some of Gemma’s former contracts. Lara Stone is a force of nature in her own right, but that doesn’t keep people from dubbing Georgia May Jagger her successor—and naming both of them Brigitte Bardot 2.0.
It’s true that the similarities the Jablonskis share—breaking out simultaneously in September, 2009, scoring lucrative ad contracts with D&G, making toplists for the best new faces in 2009, shooting for W and Marie Claire—do not make up for the fact that Constance is Parisian and Jacquelyn is from New Jersey, that Constance is two years older and has blond hair while Jacquelyn boasts raven locks, and that, after signing a major contract with Estee Lauder this spring, Constance is a bit more successful than her same-named friend. But don’t be surprised if you see Jacquelyn following Constance’s footsteps very closely. It’s just easier for everyone to say “both of them” when they’re asked “Which Jablonski?”