When Jaqi and Kevin Clements rushed to the hospital to deliver their twins a month and change early, they had no idea how the situation would turn out. Already a father to one beautiful little boy, Jaqi and Kevin were blown away by the arrival of their adorable twin daughters in July of 2010. Now, less than a decade later, you will not BELIEVE what these beautiful twins have turned into!
Keep on reading to see how Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements are taking over the internet!
Arriving Right on Time
Well, kind of. Jaqi and Kevin Clements are the stars of our story and their tale begins with the early arrival of young Leah Rose and Ava Marie Clements. The stunning twins would be born on July 7, 2010, a full four and a half weeks earlier than their due date!
Jaqi would say of their early arrival, “But knowing their personalities now, it makes total sense that they would show up early.”
Stars Upon Arrival
For Jaqi and Kevin, bringing home their daughters was a momentous occasion. After all, they were looking forward to seeing how Chase, their eldest and only son, would embrace them. From the start, it was clear that the trio of children shared mutual love and joy for one another!
Our Daughters Are Models
It didn’t take long for Ava Marie and Leah Rose to showcase how adorable they were. Jaqi and Kevin would hear from friends and strangers far and wide that their children were born to be models. Jaqi would routinely get approached by strangers saying things like, “Wow, they are so beautiful — you should really think about getting them into modeling!”
Of course, Jaqi and Kevin agreed that their children were beautiful, but were they models?
Signing With an Agency
With a pair of energetic twins and their two-year-old son between them, the thought of pursuing a modeling career was almost laughable. After all, how could any parents afford to spend that kind of time when balancing a career and their rapidly growing family?
Still, Jaqi knew that her daughters deserved a chance and so she signed them with an agency in Los Angeles.
Too Much to Handle
Try and fail and try again! That’s the mantra, isn’t it? We might have it wrong, but Jaqi definitely had it right with her children. After signing with a talent agency in Los Angeles, Jaqi and her twins would only last for about three months before they decided to call it quits.
“It was hard enough to get out of the door most days, so my attempt back then was short-lived.” Jaqi would say, before admitting that the timing had not been right.
Life Outside of Modeling
While Leah Rose and Ava Marie didn’t get to launch their modeling career right away, that didn’t mean that it was never to come. Instead, Jaqi and Kevin focused on raising their children with as calm and enjoyable a life as possible. After all, they could always go back to the modeling world for another try in the future.
According to Jaqi, she had no regrets when she decided to pull her kids from the modeling world.
Making a Family Decision
Every parent probably dreams of giving their child the chance to do anything they want. For Jaqi and Kevin, they wanted their daughters to want to model before they would force them into the activity. If the twins weren’t ready to give up on modeling, then Jaqi was going to make sure that she gave them that opportunity.
Would the kids want to return to the world of modeling?
Finding the Right Time
Jaqi and Kevin had debated when the right time for their children to model had been. Should they wait until Leah and Ava grew up? After all, toddlers aren’t supposed to be taking on too many responsibilities. Ultimately, Jaqi and Kevin would decide to wait until their daughters were a little bit older before approaching the industry yet again.
Breaking Into the Industry
When the twins celebrated their seventh birthday, it appeared that they were finally ready to enter the modeling world. Kevin and Jaqi were happy with how much more mature their children had become. Jaqi would say in an interview, “I presented my idea to the girls that, if they were up for it, in addition to their dance classes and swim team practices” that they could “give modeling a try.”
Were the girls ready to make the jump?
Born to be Stars
Go up to any twin seven-year-olds and ask them if they want to be stars. Guess what Ava and Leah responded with? The same answer that every child will offer, they said yes! Ava and Leah knew that they wanted to give modeling a real chance and now their mother was on board and ready to help!
Unfortunately, their first steps into the industry were a little shaky!
Ready for Round Two
It was clear to see that the twins were much more excited about modeling this time around. After all, Jaqi and Kevin no longer had to drag them kicking and streaming out of the door anymore! What’s more, the twins were developing their own unique personalities and they were ready to let them shine!
Even though the twins were exuberant, they had some issues with their first photo shoot!
A Rough Beginning
Getting into the modeling industry with children can be tough. Jaqi knew that she didn’t want to put makeup on her children nor did she want them to wear anything inappropriate. Jaqi decided that they would start off slow with their own camera, a little blush, and a few natural locations to shoot at.
Jaqi may have been prepared, but her children weren’t quite ready!
A Few Notable Issues
Right out of the gate, Jaqi knew that her twins were going to shock the world with their photogenic beauty. The other fact that Jaqi was aware of was this, her children weren’t experienced enough to go pro. Jaqi would say of her children’s first attempts at modeling, “Ava would look at the camera while Leah would sate off into space.”
They were only seven years old, so we can definitely forgive them for their inexperience!
An Agency Offers Assistance
At this point in time, Jaqi and Kevin were ready to go all-in with their children’s modeling career. Jaqi and Kevin knew that their children had talent but that professional help would go a long way. The Clement family decided to reach out to agencies again in order to bring in some professional help with their efforts.
Little did Jaqi know, their phone was about to start ringing!
Landing Multiple Agencies
Upon deciding to seek out an agency, Jaqi decided to bust out her address book before dialing everyone she knew. While it was hard work, Jaqi was able to secure interviews with multiple agencies. Jaqi revealed in an interview, “To my surprise, I heard back from almost every single one asking to set up a time to meet the girls.”
Upon signing with two agencies, unforeseen troubles would arise!
Almost Too Popular
When most models try to go pro, they struggle because they cannot get signed with a reputable agency. For the Clements, that was the last concern on their minds. Unfortunately, having two agents would end up being “too much of a good thing”. The Clements would routinely find that their daughters had been double-booked!
Do you know why double-bookings are bad in the modeling world?
Fixing a Surprising Issue
When you have multiple agents, you are often going to be sent to many of the same potential jobs. Jaqi and Kevin would get a notice from Agent A revealing that they had an audition while Agent B was saying the same thing. Who would get credit, and paid, for booking the gig?
Jaqi was ready to panic. Double-booking in the entertainment world is a big problem!
Shifting to Social Media
While the twins were clearly going to be successful as models, due to the intense industry interest, Jaqi knew that the future was on social media. Jaqi would establish Instagram profile in order to share her daughter’s career with the world.
“Now, a little over five months later, the girls have over 380,000 followers,” Jaqi would reveal. showcasing the effectiveness of her efforts.
The Transformative Year
With a solid foundation of social media backing, the twins were officially in demand. When you become a trending new talent in the modeling industry, everybody wants to work with you. It didn’t surprise Jaqi and Kevin to see that Leah and Ava were getting a ton of interest throughout 2017.
Jaqi would say of their successful year, “I just had a feeling that this year was going to be a fun and exciting year for them.”
Getting Chase Involved
If you’ve ever been around children, sharing is one of the biggest instigators of misbehavior. Fortunately for Jaqi and Kevin, their son Chase never held their daughter’s success against them. Instead, he offered to start modeling himself!
Chase would land a contract with the very same resume as his younger sisters. Now the entire family was involved in the modeling fun!
Skyrocketing to Stardom
Working in the entertainment industry is all about learning to live with rejection. After all, you’ll end up losing out on the vast majority of jobs that you apply for! These dour realities didn’t temper the success of the twins. Within a week of getting their agent, the girls had six jobs lined up.
As Leah and Ava became more comfortable in their modeling career, their stardom continued to grow. You won’t believe what they got into after this!
Understanding the Industry
Even though things were going great for the twins, finding success in any industry as a child can be absolutely tough. Jaqi wasn’t a natural-born manager and she had to navigate the industry as an amateur right alongside her children.
In order to share her entire story, Jaqi began writing a blog to detail the good, the bad, and even the ugly elements of the industry.
One of the Biggest Hurdles
As burgeoning professional models, you’d figure that there were many challenges that the twins had to overcome. From learning how to pose to growing comfortable in front of the camera, there was a lot to handle.
For Jaqi? One of the biggest hurdles was dealing with L.A. traffic several times throughout the week. Can you imagine having to take a six-hour-long roundtrip drive just to give your child an audition?
How Jaqi Stayed Sane
Being a parent is an enormously difficult job. Parenting three children while also managing their prospective careers? That is another concept entirely. In order to find continued success, Jaqi decided early on that she would stick with what had always worked — she would go with her gut.
As a parent, would you agree with Jaqi’s mindset?
Blocking Out the Negativity
Even though Jaqi and her family had worked hard to build their twin’s fledgling careers, negativity still crept in on occasion. One primary engine of doubt and negativity was the internet. Jaqi would respond to people who attacked her family by saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
As it turns out, not everybody was on board with how Jaqi was raising her children.
Were the Children Secretly Upset
Modeling pictures are supposed to capture a mood and that mood is decided by the photographer. Users would go to Jaqi’s Instagram profile to make comments implying that her children looked ‘sad’. What these commenters didn’t realize was that photo shoots are often serious, solemn, and professional affairs!
According to Jaqi, photo shoots aren’t always supposed to look happy.
The Great Makeup Debate
The primary controversy surrounding the Clements was their stance on makeup. Were the twins allowed to wear makeup for their shoots? Sure. Did Jaqi put too much makeup on them? Doubtful. According to Jaqi, her family worked with professional hair and makeup artists to comply with industry standards.
Jaqi said to her antagonists online, “That’s how the industry works.”
Let Them Be Kids
if there was one phrase that could trigger Jaqi instantly it was, “Let them be kids!” Jaqi and her family came under intense scrutiny from a certain subset of vocal online users. These users claimed that Jaqi was robbing her daughters of their childhood which didn’t make sense to the mother of three.
Jaqi had allowed her children to choose to model because it was their shared passion!
Life Outside of Modeling
For viewers worried that Ava and Leah were missing out on a real childhood, you can rest easy! While modeling comprises the vast majority of their day-to-day schedule, the twins still like to dance to music, play pranks on one another, and goof off around the house. One of their favorite activities outside of modeling is dancing!
Why the Twins Like Modeling
Ava and Leah loved modeling almost from the beginning and that hasn’t changed with age. The twins have spoken effusively about all the benefits that they’ve enjoyed thanks to their career. Some benefits include getting to travel and see new places while also spending time with their family.
A Myriad of Industry Benefits
Outside of getting to travel, the twins also get to enjoy new clothing, brand-new products, and other gifts in exchange for their work. The Clements also get paid to sponsor or ‘shoutout’ brands on social media. Who wouldn’t want to live that kind of life?
Would you have enjoyed modeling as a child?
How Jaqi Built an Instagram Empire
As easy as it seems to model, finding success isn’t a given. In fact, getting any attention is pretty rare in the entertainment world! In order to find success, Jaqi had to develop a few positive practices for her social media accounts.
If you want to build a modeling portfolio, consider Jaqi’s following advice!
Avoid Posting Too Much
There is a fine line between ‘great content’ and ‘too much content’. Platforms like Instagram thrive when users are able to see a lot of content. If you flood your follower’s feed with too many posts in a single day, you run the risk of annoying them and causing them to unfollow.
Jaqi suggests posting in moderation to build your fanbase.
Build Your Hashtag Database
Hashtags help users find specific content that caters to their needs. If you want to build your brand, make sure that you are using the proper hashtags in all of your posts. Jaqi worked hard to build her own list of popular hashtags that created engagement while building her brand.
Jaqi also liked to use hashtags that other child models would use so that they could all network.
Engage With Your Audience
You might gain attention by simply posting photos, but you won’t build your engagement unless you… engage. Commenting on other profiles or replying to your own followers is a great way to build your engagement. The more you interact with people on social media, the more visible your profile becomes.
Pay Attention to Trends
Finally, it is important to highlight any trends that you might be able to take advantage of. Jaqi and Kevin quickly realized that photos of the twins TOGETHER would routinely outperform photos of Ava and Leah on their own. What does this mean? It means that users like seeing the twins together, so the Clements should focus on that kind of content.
Looking to the Future
At the time of this writing, the Clements are one of the most popular families of child models in the United States. As their fame continues to grow, Jaqi wants to make sure that her children are free to pursue other opportunities. Jaqi doesn’t want to make her kids do anything that they don’t want to do.
Showcasing Wondrous Outfits
How could the twins want to leave their burgeoning careers behind? After all, they get to see exciting places, hang out with new friends, and even wear all of the prettiest clothing! As trending models and young influencers, Ava, Chase, and Leah are all poised to have a ton of fun in the future!
Growing Into Social Butterflies
The twins have grown into their outgoing career by becoming social butterflies. Jaqi said of her kids, “They meet a new ‘friend’ for ten minutes at an audition or a shoot and are already asking me if this new friend can be their cousin.” Jaqi went on to point out, “Simple friendship just doesn’t quite express the love they have for their new friend.”
Good Luck to the Clements
Here we can see the entire happy family together. It isn’t exactly hard to see where the children got all of their good looks! The Clements are continue to build their brand as models while ensuring that they stay close, happy, and grounded with one another.
What do you think about growing up as a child model?
Tales From the Road – Strange Photos Captured While Driving!
J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.” Take a drive down the road and you never know what you might come across! Thanks to the prevalence of camera phones, we now have documentation of all the wild and weird stuff humans get up to while they are out and about.
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Hollywood Stars From Yesteryear: Where Are They Now?
The movie industry is a fast-paced machine that is always bringing in new talent and leaving old talent behind. If you kept a close eye on Hollywood during the 70s and 80s, you probably saw stars rise and fall out of nowhere. Today, we are going to take a trip back in time to see just what happened to our favorite famous faces from the 70s and 80s!
Movies Create More Pet Problems Than Help
When Disney released the second installment of Nemo storyline with Finding Dory kids flocked to the theaters and the toy stores to see and grab their favorite forgetful fish. Voiced by Ellen Degeneres in both films, Dory endeared herself to kids and their parents so much, many wanted to have their own pet version of Dory, specifically a Blue Tang. However, like so many other movies before, Finding Dory set off a red alert for conservationists who saw the same problem record playing all over again, just with another animal species favorite du jour.
First, Blue Tangs are very inhospitable to captivity and do not breed, which would otherwise produce a farm grown population that could satisfy the pet industry demand for them. Second, that means what Blue Tangs are provided as pets are literally captured from the sea as wild specimens from their natural environment. Third, the same in turn has huge implications because in practice pet-loving humans literally become a collective predator through the pet supply chain, reducing the wild population dramatically and suddenly.
The Dory demand is not the first time a fish or other animal has seen a run on the natural population, affecting eco-systems in the wild. When the first movie, Finding Nemo, was released, the main character’s fish, the Clown Fish, skyrocketed in home aquarium pet demand by 40 percent. As soon as they left the theater, everyone wanted their own Clown Fish. The harvesting from the wild was so bad, the fish just about started to disappear from its natural regions in the waters off of Indonesia and the Philippines. And all of it was driven by a cartoon movie and massive consumerism in the U.S. which practically sends ripple effect across international markets as a result.
And fish are not exclusive in the movie-driven eco-damage. The Harry Potter film franchise has done its damage as well, specifically hunting for pet owls. An unreasonable number of Potter fans insisted on trying to get their own pet owl after the movies became extremely popular. And, like so many non-normal pets, people realized they aren’t soft and cuddly. Owls have razor sharp claws, they smell quite a bit, and they can bite viciously. Most of these owls had been captive-bred so there was no possibility they could be returned to the wild once they became unwanted.
Disney again triggered and earlier run on a specific animal when it re-released the 101 Dalmatians story in a mid-1990s movie. Now most folks would assume dogs should be just fine; they’re man’s best friend. However, the Dalmatian breed is a fussy one, packed with a lot of high-strung energy and needing regular exercise. Add to the mix, they don’t do well with small kids. Soon after the movie’s pet rush, Dalmatians began to spike in dog shelters and dog rescues as many of them were given up as unwanted and their true nature was realized months after previous Christmas.
Whether its mini-turtles due to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and related salmonella sickness in kids, or “Dory” Blue Tangs, people need to teach their children and their wallets to refrain from running out and getting the next pet fad. It’s costing needless loss of animal lives and frustration. If you want a pet that will likely love your family, try pet adoption first. Give a lonely animal that can be is ready to be a pet a second chance instead and leave Nemo and Dory in the sea.
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