Jaqi and her husband Kevin Clements delivered their twins earlier than expected, but they were born healthy and beautiful. The Clements family welcomed twins Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements in 2010, and as with any parents to newborns, their life would end up drastically changing. The young girls have an unparalleled beauty about them and with the help of their mother, have already become professional models. Here are the images of the Clements twins that captivated the internet.
The Twins’ Early Arrival
On July 7, 2010, Jaqi Clements had a surprise visit from her newborn babies Ava Marie and Leah Rose. The twins came four and a half weeks early, but as time went on, Jaqi understood why.
“They came four and a half weeks early but knowing their personalities now it makes total sense that they would show up early, unannounced, and ready to take on anything,” Jaqi said.
After the twins were born, it didn’t take long for family and strangers to notice how striking their appearances are. There’s a reason they always get compliments.
Since birth, their natural beauty is undeniable, their skin is smooth, their hair keeps its silky texture, and their utterly symmetrical faces make them look like their straight from a magazine.
What exactly were the strangers saying?
Everyone Said The Same Thing: They Should Be Models!
With kids this adorable, it’s hard for people not to compliment them. From the time the twins were born, Jaqi continually heard the same statement.
Jaqi says strangers would always mention one thing: “Wow they are so beautiful, you should really think about getting them into modeling,” And so she decided to take a shot at starting the girls’ modeling careers.
Modeling Was Too Much To Juggle With Three Kids
After being pushed to get the twins involved in modeling, Jaqi finally did it. Once the kids reached six months, they were signed up with an agency in Los Angeles.
Jaqi already had a two-year-old son to take care of so this was added pressure to her parenting regime. “It was hard enough to get out of the door most days so my attempt back then was short lived and I decided it just wasn’t the time,” Jaqi said. The first attempt only lasted three months.
Leading A Normal Life
Helping guide her children through a life of modeling is enticing, but it wasn’t the right decision at the time. Jaqi felt bringing up the twins alongside their peers would be the right thing to do.
There were no regrets in pulling the children out of modeling. As time went on, things slowly started to change. Can you guess what happened next?
What Do The Girls Want?
While her busy schedule as a mom of three pulled her away from the idea of modeling, the twins weren’t ready to let it go. Their three months of modeling were over, but Jaqi thought of an important factor, the twins’ dreams.
Aiming to keep the children happy, Jaqi didn’t want to pressure them into something they didn’t want to do. So she made sure that Ava and Leah had a say.
Waiting For The Right Moment
The only issue with Jaqi’s idea of asking the girls is the Ava and Leah were still toddlers. They weren’t old enough to help make their own decisions or clearly voice their opinions.
Because the only language the kids spoke were tears, Jaqi and her husband were stumped. They thought hard about how and when it was the right time to allow the twins to decide on their own.
Lucky Number Seven
One thing that needs to be noted is how much Jaqi believes in signs. She says seven is her lucky number, so it’s more than a coincidence that the twins were born on 7/7.
The girl’s seventh birthday was approaching. The thought of them turning seven on July 7, 2017, set Jaqi’s brain ablaze.
Giving The Girls The Idea
By the time Ava and Leah grew to be seven, they had developed personalities of their own. They were involved in several extracurricular activities like dance and swim.
On their birthday, Jaqi said, “I presented my idea to the girls that, if they were up for it, in addition to their dance classes and swim team practices they had every week, they could give modeling a try.”
How do you think the girls responded?
Ready For Action
Jaqi says the girls love to perform for anybody and everybody. Friends, neighbors, and strangers are welcomed audiences for Ava and Leah. Jaqi claims she doesn’t know where they got this trait from to perform.
Jaqi said, “I was not surprised at all when they started jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to begin!” The twins were all in for modeling.
And The Modeling Kicks Off Again
Now that the kids were older and excited about modeling, the process would most likely go much smoother. Luckily, Jaqi’s neighbor had recently opened a children’s boutique. She needed some models to help market the new business.
The twins got the job. “Plus, I needed some new photos if I was going to get them an agent so I figured this would be a great opportunity for all of us,” Jaqi said.
Starting Off Slow
The girls were still young. Having them put on loads of makeup and wear a collection of pretty clothes could be detrimental to their development, so Jaqi took things slow.
Jaqi took matters into her own hands at the beginning. “I dug out my 10-year-old Nikon camera from a bin in the garage, put a few waves in the girl’s hair, dabbed on a little blush, and out we went to take some pictures,” said Jaqi.
Some Wrinkles To Iron Out
Naturally, Ava and Leah have the stunning looks, but that doesn’t mean they intuitively know how to model. Some things take time. Jaqi learned that first hand during her first shoot with the twins.
“Ava would look at the camera while Leah would stare off into space… Leah would accidentally bump into Ava who of course thought it was on purpose and would shove her back,” Jaqi recalled. They’re young, and she had to cut them a lot of slack.
Getting Back With An Agency
Now that the family was all aboard the modeling train, Jaqi had to get the girls back with an agent. She worried that it would be hard to find one since six years went by after the first attempt.
“I still had a handful of contacts, so I decided to start there,” she said. “To my surprise, I heard back from almost every single one asking to set up a time to meet the girls.” They ended up signing with two agencies but trouble brewed behind the scenes.
The Double Agency Dilemma
Jaqi assumed having two agencies representing her daughters meant more opportunity and exposure for them. Everything was going fine until one of the agencies gave her a call.
“Hi, we wanted to let you know we were able to get the girls straight through to a callback for a Barbie Audition tomorrow,” the agent told Jaqi. She panicked because the girls had just gone to the same audition with their other agent. She revealed the truth and matters got fixed in a few hours.
Social Media Explosion
Jaqi started an Instagram for the girls called @clementstwins in July of 2017. She had no clue what she was doing or if 300,000 followers is a lot. Low and behold, the page started to blow up.
The goal of the Instagram account was to serve as a portfolio for agencies and to gain a fanbase. It ended up becoming all that and then some.
Jaqi’s Instagram Learning Curve
The beauty of the twins was only partly the reason for the success their Instagram account. There were some tactics that Jaqi had to use to help gain all the followers she did. She spilled the beans on a few secrets.
“Now, a little over five months later, the girls have over 380,000 followers,” she started. “One thing I know for sure if it’s ALL about the pictures… so don’t settle for an average photographer because you want to save a few dollars.” You hear that folks? Take quality pictures.
Why 2017 Was Their Year
2017 was an excellent year for the twins and their whole family. Outside of Ava and Leah opting into modeling, Jaqi had a hunch 2017 would be lucky, regardless.
“Aside from the fact that I’m a huge believer in signs and have been told by almost everyone that 7 is a lucky number, I just had a feeling that this year was going to be a fun and exciting year for them,” Jaqi explained. A mother’s intuition is often correct.
All In The Family
Ava and Leah were becoming successful, but their older brother Chase proved to be a talented kid as well. Chase signed with the same agencies as his younger sisters and has a little extra on his resume.
Not only does Chase model, but he also knows how to act. He has been in a few commercials as well.
Job Offers Everywhere
It wasn’t long before everyone learned that the girls had the nature for modeling. Soon after they decided to give modeling a try, they already had six jobs in the span of a week.
While this might have tired most little girls out they couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to do more.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Jaqi is relatively new to the industry. She had no prior knowledge before diving in. As time goes on, she is learning more about the business and says there are highs and lows.
On her blog, she lists the good, the bad and ugly aspects of this modeling world. She says the most important thing she’s learned, “is before trusting someone to guide you, make sure you know who you are getting involved with.”
One of The Hardest Challenges
For the girls and their mother, one of the hardest aspects of their new lives in the modeling world is just LA traffic.
They go into downtown Los Angeles several times a week which can sometimes turn into 5 to 6 hour-long roundtrip drives. Although this may sound brutal, it’s the name of the game, and they’ve learned to deal with it.
Finding The Right Guidance
Since Jaqi needs guidance but wants to make sure she’s getting the right advice from the right people, she has a series of questions that she asks herself before working with someone.
She believes that if anything ever seems off, to go with your gut feeling and to always do thorough research, because it will pay off in the long run. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Trying To Ignore The Negativity
Jaqi also discusses the struggles of dealing with negative comments or backlash that is directed at her daughters or her family. Although she knows to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive feedback, it isn’t always easy.
She feels a lot of pressure to protect her family and fight back but reminds herself that “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.”
“They Look Sad”
A comment that the girl’s frequent receive is that they look sad all the time. Some even take this to mean that they’re being forced to model and that they aren’t having fun.
They respond by saying that some photoshoots are supposed to be more solemn then others and that if you ever met them, you’d know that they are far from sad.
Stance On Makeup
One of the biggest questions that the family gets is if the girls are wearing makeup. Not everybody thinks that it’s a big deal, except some of them think that the girls are a little young to be exposed to it at such a young age.
However, Jaqi comments by saying “ln most every job the girl’s book through their agency, or any professional photo shoot they attend, there is a hired hair and makeup artist on set. Why!? Because that’s how the industry works.”