Miss March 1997 Jennifer Miriam was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. But her father worked as an oilman, which meant the family moved a lot. She lived in Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, and Texas while growing up. The constant moving helped Jennifer become more outgoing. She needed to learn at a young age how to meet new people. One way she learned to fit in was by becoming a class clown.
“Every time the teacher would leave the room I would entertain the class,” she said. “I got sent home a lot. Like the time in first grade when I crawled under my desk and roared like a lion.”
This episode illustrates one of Jennifer’s passions: lions. Since a young age they have been one of her favorite animals. Nearly every man she’s dated has been a Leo. And one of her favorite movies is The Lion King.
After high school Jennifer moved to Austin, Texas, to work as a hotel concierge. She once served breakfast at 5 a.m. to Quentin Tarantino, who was in town for a movie festival. She began modeling around this time and eventually found her way into the pages of Playboy.
Jennifer began acting after appearing in the magazine. She took some classes and went to a number of different tryouts. She wanted to make small, independent, meaningful movies. She earned a small role in The Newton Boys, a movie about a bank-robbing family starring Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke and directed by Richard Linklater.
Some of Jennifer’s favorite hobbies involve the outdoors. While living in Colorado, she learned how to ski and other activities. Her favorite things to do are horseback riding, biking, hiking, and camping.
She’s also a lover of literature. She lists Ernest Hemingway and Charles Bukowski as two of her favorite writers. She says her idea of fun is “reading Anne Rice novels aloud to each other, then running naked through the cemetery.”
Jennifer retired from modeling shortly after appearing in Playboy. She now lives with her husband and two children. She is still pursuing her passions by making a living as an artist.