It’s just your typical, run-of-the mill Air Force enlistee-becomes-fashion-model story: A former hair model and black belt karate champion meets George Clinton, gets ushered on stage by Prince and ends up as Jet magazine’s Beauty of the Week.
That’s the way it went for Tech. Sgt. Andrella Hall, known by the nickname “Jersi,” and the March 6 Beauty of the Week in the popular periodical. Hall, an NCO in RAF Mildenhall’s military personnel flight who was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, used to model hairstyles on the runway for cosmetics makers. In 2004, she unexpectedly met funk-rocker Clinton at a concert, which segued into the on-stage encounter with Prince that put Hall in front of a photographer for Jet. Did you get all that?
Let’s just get the elephant out of the room. What should I do with my hair?
With your hair? It’s actually nice, I wouldn’t do anything with it. I like it.
Give me your best eyebrow maintenance tips.
Wax. You have to go have a professional wax; do not wax your own eyebrows. Go, spend the money and pamper yourself. I go right here on base.
Tell me about the reaction you’ve been getting to this. Is the phone ringing off the hook? Are the bachelors beating down your door?
I have e-mails … but actually, funny, a friend of mine that I went to basic training with and met up with while I was deployed down in Honduras — she was in Panama — we met, and that was in ’94, so we lost contact. She’s seen the picture, so we’ve hooked back up together. I’ve been receiving a lot of [messages from] past friends who’ve lost contact.
But no offers of, “I’m free on Friday ...”
No, no … Everyone’s been basically very tactful, [saying] “great photo,” you know, positive reviews. No weird or out-of-the-ordinary questions. No marriage proposals.
Are you married?
Was it uncomfortable to be in a fashion shoot?
No. It depends on what you’re shooting, though. Let me rephrase that: I don’t think I’d be comfortable [enough] to do anything nude or anything like that, but, tastefully done, clothes, yes, no problem.
But if the money were right, and it were really tastefully done, would you consider it?
No. I did get propositioned back in the ’90s to do Playboy, and nothing against those who do it, but for me … it’s not for me.
Can you show me, do you have like a “blue steel” look, or a “gimme sexy” look?
No! (laughs) Whatever the photographer asks for is basically what they get. They know which look that they’re trying to create.
Do you have any more plans? Are you going to be in Cosmo next month?
No, they haven’t asked.
If I wanted to become a model, what would be my first step?
Learn terminology. Do your research …
Not, “Get better looking?”
Physical looks, to me, should not be the focal point of modeling. I think it’s more of your inner self coming out. Besides, there’s just too many different looks; it depends on what type of modeling you want to do.
But I should probably ditch the glasses.
No, no — they have eyeglass models, too. LensCrafters!