Jasmine Star Dustin was born in the small rural New Hampshire town of Auburn, on New Year’s Day.
Jasmine took her first walk down the runway at the young age of five, when she began her career competing in modeling pageants. Her constant dedication and persistence brought her such titles as Miss Congeniality, Miss Best Photographed, and Miss Best Smile, as well as reigning titles of Miss Top Model and Junior Miss. By the time Jasmine hit her teens, she was convinced that modeling and acting would be her lifetime pursuit. Shortly after high school graduation, Jasmine made the first big step to achieving her lifelong dream, and moved to Los Angeles. Within a short time, she had graced the pages of magazines such as GQ (hottest up and coming stars issue) Maxim, Allure, FHM (sexiest women of 2008), Cosmopolitan and many more. Jasmine has traveled to London, New York and Paris to pursue her career in modeling and has landed campaigns for companies such as Frederick’s of Hollywood, Saturn, William Rast, ED Hardy, and Lamborghini to name a few. Jasmine’s first break into the world of television was holding briefcase #5 on the hit TV show “Deal or No Deal”. After one season she decided to take the next step and pursue a career in acting. She has been coached by Larry Moss of LA’s Larry Moss Studios, who has worked with actresses such as Hilary Swank and Helen Hunt, among others. You can see Jasmine on the top television shows such as CSI Miami,The League, Eleventh Hour and Knight Rider. In addition, Jasmine is on the top rated travel show Get Out, where she travels the world doing high adventure sports.
Hi Jasmine, please tell us a little about you?
I grew up driving to middle school on a dirt road in a small town called Auburn NH. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be in show business.
I started doing pageants at te age of 6 and from there started modeling at the age of 15. As soon as I graduated highschool I moved to Los Angeles to pursure my modeling career. I came with nothing but a few suitcases.
I was discovered by my first manager on Melrose BLVD during my 2nd week in LA and shortly there after I had my first billboard for Fredricks of Hollywood. I started acting shortly after booking a role on Deal or No Deal as a briefcase babe. I have been fortunate to travel the world doing what I love most. Modeling and acting.
I spend my spare time helping the homeless and their pets in the LA area.
How did you get started in modeling?
I started getting into modeling when I was 15. I would drive back and fourth to Boston or occasionally New York.
How has modeling changed your life?
Modeling has given me the opportunity to travel the world, which im so thankful for.
What magazines/fashion shows have you been in over the course of your career?
You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve been modeling for 15 years. I’ve been in magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Maxim, Elle, Teen Vougue, Cosmo, FHM and many more. I’ve done campaigns for Fredricks of Hollywood, Johnny Walker, Levis, William Rast, Saturn, Big Sexy Hair, Absolute Vodka, Duwop Cosmetics, Alice n Olivia, UGG boots and a ton more.
How do you cope with all the success and stress?
I use my success for a platform to help the less fortunate. Im lucky enough to have a following, so why not use it to make a difference. It become stressful at times, but I try and stay grounded. There has to be a happy medium in this buisness.
And now in your acting career, tell us about “Being Mary Jane”?
I came on to Being Mary Jane on the end of the 1st season. The whole cast and crew are absolutely amazing to work with. We film in Atlanta which has become one of my favorite cities.
I play a famous model who steals Gabrielle Unions true love and eventually has his baby on the 3rd season.
How is working with Gabrielle Union?
She is wonderful. She is so down to earth, and beyond gorgeous. She is just so naturally beautiful.
What other Tv shows or movies have you been on?
I just finished filming a thriller called Animal Among us that will be coming out this summer. Ive been on TV shows such as CSI, Knight Rider, Entourage, Deal or No Deal, The League, Las Vegas and the Game.
One of my favorite TV roles was hosting a travel show, where we traveled the world doing high adventure activities. It was a dream job.
When did your interest in helping the homeless and their animals begin?
Being and actress and a model Im in my car driving to auditions all day. I would find myself constantly seeing homeless people and their pets. I started to fill up my truck with blankets, food, leashes, dog food..anything that they could use. I started spending a lot of time in shelter and trying to rescue dogs on death row.
I think Facebook also played a huge role in the animal rescuing as I was never aware of just how many dogs are being killed each day in the shelter before I started seeing it on FB. I try and hit the streets of LA 2 to 3 times a week to spend time with the homeless. Ive created many friendships along the way.
They may be homeless but that doesnt mean they arent kind and compassionate.
Where did the idea of creating your own charity for the homeless and their pets come from?
Being in the entertainent industry I knew I could use my platform to bring awareness. Helping the homeless and their animals have become such a huge passion of mine. I knew that I needed to start a charity in hopes that others would want to help along the way and make a difference.
Creating this charity wasnt just about giving a homeless person 5$ and walking away. It was about spending time with these people, making them feel alive and loved again. Most of the people I have helped over the past 6 years I still talk to and see from time to time. If more people would simply take the time to just say hello to a homeless person on the street they’d realize that they to are people.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
I’d say Jennifer Lorpez, she is flawless in every look she achieves.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
My cell phone, my ATM card and my lemon water.
What’s your secret to staying fit and in shape?
I tend to get bored if I stick to just the gym, so I try and switch it up. I’ll do the gym 3 days and then do a hot yoga or a pilates class. Im a HUGE foody so thats what kills me. Trying new restaurants is one of my favorite things to do, so I try and offset it by working out 4-5 days a week.
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love pasta, so if im trying to be healthyI I’ll substitue pasta for zuchinni pasta.
And your favorite cheat food?
What’s your advice for the newer models?
To always stay true to yourself and never sell out. Always keep your morals.
What beauty tips do you swear by?
Im obsessed with Loreal’s spray self tanner. I spray a tiny bit everynight to have a fresh glow in the morning.
3 things you can’t live without?
My cellphone, eye liner and my dogs.
What do you like to watch on tv?
Im obesessed with How To Make A Murderer, The Killing and Anything on the Food network
Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Im a huge fan of Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts
Any other future plans?
I just became a voice for BLUBOND.com which is A unique e-commerce and digital content platform, that gives a portion of their proceeds back to my charity. Ive been helping design one of a kind products that will be exclusive with blubond that will in return help the homeless and their pets.
Best advice ever given?
Never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough.
What music do you have in your iPod?
Im a huge country music fan. But, I listen to a little of everything. Im kind of a big fan of the Justin Bieber album right now.
How important is Social Media for you?
Unfortunately social media has taken over my buisness. Its no longer about how many covers you have under your belt, its about how many followers you have.
Photographer: TJ Manou
Makeup: Leibi Carias
Hair: Nico Doniele
Stylist: Stephanie Collinge