'Over time gaming has really helped me become more confident and come out of my shell.'

[Interviewer] Hey! Let's kick this off with an introduction...

[Jasmine] My name is Jasmine. I’m a model and a gamer.

What’s your relationship with gaming?

I’ve always grown up being a gamer. My first console was the PS2 but growing up my other friends had Game Boys and N64, but we got the PS2 when it came out. During primary school I wasn’t the most popular girl in class, literally no one wanted to be friends with me. When I came home every day, I played games and forget that I had no friends.

Going into secondary school I was very awkward and shy, so my relationship with gaming grew. I just took what gaming gave to me, which was new stories and being in another world. Over time gaming has really helped me become more confident and come out of my shell. I’ve made so many friends through gaming and I’m very grateful for that.

In your experience, how inclusive do you find the gaming community?

Growing up, “Girl Gamers” is what we called it; because girls playing games was very unheard of. For me personally, a lot of the friends I made through gaming, they never really thought there’s anything different. It’s more about how you carry yourself. There was a phenomenon where girls thought it was so unique to be a gamer, but now everyone can play games and it’s not a unique thing - it’s about your own personal relationship to it.

But in the gaming industry it is very imbalanced. There are a lot of male creators instead of female, however when it comes to the gamers, the actual players, the attitudes have matured now.

And do you game with your friends?

I play Rainbow Six Siege with my friend Harrison - he’s a little bit younger than me but really good at the game. I started playing two years ago but lost my flow a bit. He’s always online and always willing to play with me - even though I make the team lose all the time. He’s willing to keep playing for hours and hours and hours.

If there’s one element of gaming you’d like to see changed in the next few years, what would it be?

The thing I’d like to see changed in gaming is for diversity to come into play; I want people to be able to see themselves in gaming. I don’t want it to be something that young people do. Because essentially, gaming is just telling stories. It’s like movies but you control it. That’s how I see it. It would be cool to see gaming come into real life. I want more brands to do what they can - may-be doing more collaborations or doing [gaming] inspired clothing collections.

How does gaming influence what you wear?

I wear a lot of black and graphic T’s. When I was about 14 or 15 I had a very embarrassing ‘emo’ phase - elements of that I still have. There was a point in time I rejected all of that and I wanted to dress cool, but now I realise that I actually do like wearing graphic Ts and oversized clothing.

Like gaming for me, I wear a lot of like graphic T’s that are quite [nerdy], so a lot of video game t-shirts and stuff. The way I dress is super lazy. It’s not thought-out or styled properly - it’s what I’m comfortable in.