Actress and model, Jacqui Childs, is one extraordinary woman. Since she was 14-years-old, Jacqui has been setting the acting and modeling industry ablaze with her talent. Taking 15 years off would be career suicide for most, but not for Jacqui. Taking time away from acting and modeling, Jacqui focused on raising her family, and then returned back to acting and modeling without skipping a beat. Upon her return, Jacqui joined Naked News and her status has been growing the past year, gaining over 1.4 million fans on her social media accounts. What makes Jacqui stand out and unique, is the way she connects with her fans through social media. If you happen to send her tweet, comment on her Facebook page, or like her Instagram posts, you can expect Jacqui to reach out to you. If you combine all of Jacqui’s qualities–you get a person who exudes excellence.
At what point in your life did you get interested in modeling?
Jacqui Childs: I’ve been modeling since I was very young, starting with local pageants and extra work.
What was the modeling industry like when you first started out?
Jacqui Childs: When I first started, it was the days of film. You had to take care of yourself, your skin, etc. and be able to hold a pose. No Photoshop, and very little plastic surgery; that’s how old I am!
What did you turn your attention to when you went on a 15 year hiatus from modeling?
Jacqui Childs: I took several years off to raise my family and getting back into modeling was mostly a head game with myself. Did I still have what it takes? Was I going to be able to compete with girls half my age?
And what made you come back to modeling?
Jacqui Childs: I came back to modeling once I was divorced and independent. I had a new partner who was very supportive and helped me with health and fitness, and was completely understanding about the time and stress of the industry.
You’re also involved with Naked News. How did that come about?
Jacqui Childs: Naked News had a job posting, which my husband actually applied for me. They were looking for a mature actress/model and I just happened to fit the bill. It’s been a very interesting and eye-opening experience. Lots of judgement and criticism because our society relates nudity with pornography, which Naked News is not!
How do you maintain balance in your life with everything that you have going on?
Jacqui Childs: Balance is very hard in this industry. It’s 24/7 and unfortunately, friends and family not in the business don’t get it. So, lots of challenges arise due to travel, project time conflicts, and family commitments (my poor pets).
What do you do when harsh criticism and negativity is directed towards you?
Jacqui Childs: After two years, I’ve finally realized that the negativity is almost always jealously. Haters come with fame and you can’t please everyone all the time, and at my age (41), I’m okay with that. I’m thrilled with my success and the exciting opportunities that have come my way.
What’s been the most important lesson that you’ve learned in your life?
Jacqui Childs: As far as life lessons, it’s actually kind of sad. You really need to focus on yourself and what makes you happy. People by nature are very good at using one another, and treating each other like possessions. On the way up, you work so hard that they judge, and feel left out; when you’re on top, they’re back! I’ve learned that I’m happy on my own and in my own space, and most people at arm’s length is okay. I know who’s in my corner and who’s proud of my accomplishments.
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Jacqui Childs: Nothing in life comes easy, and although I laugh, smile, and seem to be crazy most of the time, I’m very aware of what’s going on around me, and what’s being said. I’m extremely passionate and professional, and although some might say different–no one gave me anything on this journey, this was completely self-made. Next, my website JacquiChilds.com and NakedNews.com, radio, magazines, and TV. Movie and books after I’ve played out Naked News a little longer. It’s not something I can do forever once I’m a grandmother; it’s probably a good time to put my clothes on (laughs).
Follow Jacqui on Twitter
Like Jacqui’s page on Facebook
Check out Jacqui’s pics on Instagram
Visit Jacquichilds.com for more exclusive content