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Jennifer Gimenez
Occupation actress, model, sober living manager

Jennifer Gimenez is an American model, actress and sober living manager. She has appeared in music videos for Tupac Shakur, Babyface and Mick Jagger, in films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and on TV shows such as The Bold and The Beautiful and Karen Sisco. Gimenez is also a recovering survivor of substance abuse, and is the House Manager of a sober living facility, as seen on the VH1 reality television series, Sober House.[1]

She ranked 77 on Maxim magazine's 2001 Hot 100 list.[2]

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Early life

Gimenez, who is of Argentinean descent, was born in the United States, but lived in Argentina until she moved back to the United States at the age of six.[3]

She she was 13 going on 14, she was discovered by Bruce Weber, and began doing modeling work. She claims on her website to have been the youngest model to grace the cover of American Elle. In becoming a professional model, she became her family's provider.[3][4]

Personal life

Gimenez stated in her March 17, 2010 appearance on The View that she had taken her first drink at age 12, but eventually graduated to cocaine after she became a model. She began trying to quit drugs at age 21, but achieved only intermittent success over the course of the next 13 years. The sporadic nature of her sobriety changed when she went to Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California, where she came under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky. Although she checked in for a five-day detox program, she ended up staying for nine and a half months, as she was, in her words, "broken and shattered". After finishing her treatment, she was taken aback when instructed to abstain from sex and relationships for a year, though she found that the 102 pounds she gained after quitting drugs facilitated this resolution, and allowed her to, as she put it, "find the inner foundation" that she had been denied when she became a working professional at age 14. During her View appearance, she stated that she was sober for "four years and a few months".[4]

References

  1. ^ "Sober House 2 With Dr. Drew - Peep the Cast" vh1.com, February 25, 2010
  2. ^ Maxim magazine's 2001 Hot 100 list
  3. ^ a b About page at Gimenez's official site; Accessed March 6, 2010
  4. ^ a b Gimenez explained her early life and career, and her recovery from addiction, in her March 17, 2010 appearance on The View.

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