Thursday, June 20, 2019

Meet Jessica Milagros: Her Suitcase is Full of Chi-Town Swag. #BB21

It's time for Big Jeff to introduce us to Jessica Milagros, who fills the room with her energy as she can barely sit still, she's so excited.  She tells Jeff that she's a plus-size model from Chicago Illinois.  I'm sure you know that Chicago is Jeff's hometown, too, and his joy in spending time with Jessica is written all over his face.

Jeff:  Alright!  I'm already a little biased...I like you Jessica. 

Jessica tells Jeff that she's been watching Big Brother for "many, many seasons" and this is surreal for her right now so she's sorry but she's sort of in shock right now.  She squealed when Jeff pointed to the door that leads to the house.

Jeff:  It's going to be a long summer, so get used to it.  This is your house now!

Jessica raises the roof and sings a few bars of "this is my house" and "welcome to my crib" which may or may not be a real song.

Jeff:  You're going in there with that Chicago swag, I see!

Jessica laughed at this, clearly delighted with the situation.  She said she can tell that Jeff has a lot of friends like her at home and he agrees it's totally relateable for him.

Jessica is another house guest who is initially planning a strategy of laying low but she doesn't know if she can get away with that.  Jeff encouraged her to be open with us about her game plan.

Jessica:  It's actually going to be to lay back and observe and try not to get into any alliances the first couple of days.  My thing is going to be my social game.  I have seven best friends and they're all crazy so I feel like I can pretty much get along with anybody for the most part but you never know because this is Big Brother.  I want to try and maybe not open my mouth too much at first?

Jeff:  I love how you're making that a question.  I'm marking down everything you say!

He assured her that they never know what to expect in the Big Brother house, so sometimes you've just got to "play from where you're at right now."

Jessica used to work in marketing, so she she's used to making changes "at the drop of a dime" and thinks she's a chameleon from that perspective.  She thinks she's going to be underestimated by everyone because she's plus-sized and they might see her as more of a weak player. She hopes they do underestimate her because she is active and runs marathons and takes spin classes.

Jessica:  Don't get me wrong...I don't think I'm going to win everything, but....

She doesn't plan to share any of this at first in the house, but wants to step back and see who she thinks will be the most trustworthy.

Jessica:  I actually want to take a page out of your playbook and be as authentic as possible and not B.S. anybody.  I feel like you played a really solid, honest game.

Jeff:  I didn't win though.

Jessica cracks up as Jeff tells her to maybe not take all of the pages---just one or two.

Jessica: I'd like to align myself with strong people and maybe....avoid the drama?

Jeff, laughing:  Good luck with that!  It might start before you even leave the room...just kidding.

Jessica is going to miss her family.  She's married and has a daughter and she misses them already.  She's also going to miss her connection with the world.  It's been a few days now without a cell phone and she's had to struggle with the impact of that already and hopefully get it out of her system before the game begins.

Jeff saw the look in her eyes when she mentioned her daughter and wonders whether that can be a downfall in the house.  She thinks it can give her strength to think of them, and says she's used to traveling and being away from home a lot, sometimes up to a month, but she's usually able to have contact with her family on a daily basis.

Jeff:  You travel a lot...for your job?

Jessica:  Yes, I'm a full-time plus-sized model.

Jeff:  Wow.

Jessica:  Yeah, so when I'm working I'm in New York or Los Angeles so they're used to me not being there, but we still talk, like 'did you pay the bill?' and 'did you make dinner?'.

Jeff told her she could address her family now so she tells them she loves them and says they've had to put up with her being such a diva for the last few weeks because "every bit of this is so last minute" and they've been very understanding about it.

Jessica:  They've been so good with all of this, rolling with the punches.  I love you Steve!  I love you Sabrina!

Jeff waves at Steve and Sabrina too and Jessica points out to them that Jeff is a "fellow Chi-towner".

Jessica had a hard time coming up with a hashtag but suggested  #ChiTownCutie or #CurvyCutie and Jeff casts his vote for #ChiTownCutie and asks Jessica what she'd do with the money if she won.

Jessica: I would buy a home for the family, take a breather because as an entrepreneur we're always husband is an entrepreneur too so it would be nice to have that cushion and maybe expand our family a little bit.

Finally it's time for Jeff to ask the Big Question:  Would Jessica rather win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved?

Jessica dodges giving an actual answer, but in a charming way.

Jessica:  Can't you have both?  I WANT IT ALL!  I want you guys to love me AND I want to win the money!

Jeff, shrugging:  It's your world.

Jessica:  They loved Jordan!

Jeff:  Yep.  They do.

Jessica:  Well, she won the money!  There you go!  I want to be like Jordan!  Can we be besties?  I totally want to be besties with you guys.

Jeff:  This is your time.  It's your summer.  I want you to enjoy every minute of it.

Jessica:  I'm glad you're not in the house. I wouldn't want to compete against you.

Jeff:  I am glad I'm not in there either.  I don't want to be there anymore.

Jessica hopes we all get to know her this summer and that we like what we see.  She's going to try to win the money..."an honest $500,000."

Jeff:  Do what you gotta do.


Well, I love that Big Brother has cast a woman who doesn't fit the normal mode.  While Jessica's physique might be uncommon for Big Brother, it's extremely common as far as women across America.  That's one reason why shows like Project Runway now routinely include plus-size models in the mix, because consumers who buy clothes want to see themselves represented in the media.

An I understand why Jessica isn't specifically listing her age, going instead with "30-ish".  It's a business thing, letting potential clients know what market she can comfortably work in.

One of the crafty Redditors published a picture of Jessica from her high school yearbook and crunched the numbers, calculating that she's on the upper end of that 30-ish range.  But for those of you who are bothered by Jessica's vague age disclosure, I can assure you she's tough enough to handle whatever you have to say about it.  She's confident and self-assured and you'll have to work a lot harder to offend her.

But please don't do that. 

Jessica has appeared on several TV shows, including The Today Show and The Steve Harvey Show strutting her stuff and empowering others to embrace their authentic selves.  She's also representing the Latino community (I think) so from a demographic perspective, she's putting herself in position for lots of success in her chosen field.

I watched Jessica's interview with Ika Wong for ET Canada and made a little list of interesting tidbits that were new to me.

* Jessica's husband is from Toronto where Ika lives so they had a squealy moment of girl power as they bonded over that.
* Jessica is a Big Brother fan and wanted to do the show mainly because she felt there was a lack of representation of people who look like her on the show.  Now is the perfect time for someone to show that big girls can compete too, she says.
*  Jeff was her favorite player and she says she just met him and was fangirling the whole time.  Ika wanted to know what she liked about Jeff's game and Jessica said she's more a fan of Jeff himself than his game and Ika reacted to that in a hilarious fashion, saying that Jeff is a married man now.  Jessica says she is from Chicago too and she understands his personality and likes his authenticity.  He was America's Favorite for a reason, she says.
*  She liked the way Derrick and Dan played the game too but wants to play the game her own way.  She doesn't want to go too hard too fast but hopes someone else does that right away in the house.

*  She doesn't want to make the common mistake of pushing her agenda on other people, preferring to use her social skills to build a little network that feels genuine.
*  She's not scared to make a big move if she's HoH but needs to see how the season goes before trying to rock the boat just for the sake of shaking things up.
*  I thought Jessica's fake laugh was awesome but Ika said "you came tried."  And when she made her sad face, Ika said "girl, you in trouble".  These two have great chemistry together.

I think you should watch this interview for yourself.  It's a feel-good type of meeting between this two witty chatters.  If you already like Jessica, you'll like her more. And if you don't like her, you might reconsider.  And Ika is so good at this....

There are dozens of modeling photos out there with Jessica in them.  I think she does a lot of catalog and website work and seems to have carved out quite a niche for herself.

Let's take a quick peek at her CBS bio.

I'm not familiar with the Hershey's Kissmobile, but if it's anything like the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, those jobs are kind of hard to come by.  It's competitive because it sounds like such a fun opportunity.

I am already a Jessica fan and think she's going to give us plenty to watch on the live feeds.  I expect her to be a part of every conversation that starts in a group setting because she is so easy to talk to.  And I don't think she'll be targeted early in the game unless something goes way wrong for her, because everyone will think they can easily evict her anytime they'd like to, and no one will want to be seen as targeting the Big Girl. 

I can't wait to see what she does in there and I hope she is honest about her modeling career so we can hear juicy stories about what life is like being a fashion model.  I always love it when the house guests have such specific jobs because I always end up learning so much from them.

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