Jessica LaRusso


Chicago, Illinois
On joining the army
I wanted to really challenged myself. I wanted to do something I had no experience in to push myself. But it wasn’t for any political reason or anything like that. I was just drawn to it.
I would describe myself as...
Kind of a tomboy at heart
My biggest passion
Real unicorns don’t exist, but Jessica LaRusso does – and that’s close enough. The full-time model isn’t just a whip-smart yet down-to-earth babe with a passion for animals. She also spent four years in the United States Army. “I’m from Chicago. I started off with Ford Chicago when I was a baby. I modeled in high school and it was mostly like, ‘This is better money than babysitting.” I always knew I was going to go to school. I left for New York when I was 17 to go to Fordham. It was there I was introduced to the military. They have a really big Reserves Officer Training Core program, which covers all of Manhattan," she explains. “I had never really been around it before. I’d see everybody dressed in their military uniforms running around the campus training. I thought, ‘What is this?’ I had a really good girlfriend who was doing it. She told me more about it and I don’t know what compelled me, but I was really drawn to it. I didn’t come from a military family. My great-grandparents served, but nobody in my immediate family.”

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