I am heartbroken to say that Jillian Ann Durgin has passed. She died on the scene of a car accident in Chattooga County, Georgia yesterday morning (8/27,2023). Her funeral is currently being planned by her family as we all process this terrible loss. If you wish to help cover some costs, donate via GoFundMe. The family would greatly appreciate it.
The late Jillian Ann Durgin was a very talented model, actress, and musician who had been working professionally since before her tween years, getting her start modeling for JCPenny and then as a part of Coca-Cola's Audiovox advertisements.
Despite being in her early 40s, it was not uncommon for Jillian to pass for someone in her mid-20s. She credited a healthy diet, vampire facials, yoga meditation, and practicing tantra.
Finishing her homeschooling by age 15, Jillian devoted herself to her creative passions. She was soon signed by various fashion agencies and worked with top photographers on a number of commercial projects from corporate advertisements to beauty and fashion editorials. Jillian appeared in music videos, a number of independent films, and HBO series episodes.
Jillian used her income from her media work to fund and self-produce over 13 albums and singles, working with talented collaborators. Some of her music charted quite high, especially among experimental genres. She also performed as an accomplished DJ, singer, and pianist at venues and events such as Burning Man, EDC, Lighting in a Bottle, House of Blues, and many others.
Her next goal was building and promoting her own website, which was a significant success and was long ranked as a top 100 website. Keep in mind that the internet was still relatively new at this time in terms of mainstream access and availability. That website, her first, received roughly 15 million views. Almost immediately after, Jillian was contacted and featured in an issue of MIT Technology Review (Germany) and was given the cover. She was very proud. They credited her as "breaking the internet", which was a very new concept at the time. Between her beginnings and her final days, Jillian appeared in over 100 magazines. As a model, Jillian didn't believe that she should be limited to one genre, as from her perspective, beauty, fashion, glamour, and nude were all synergistic components of her overall expression. This was a primary driving force in her expanding career.
Due to Jillian's love of fashion, especially more cutting-edge styles, she founded Ritual Fashions. Her goal was to make clothing sexy, daring, luxurious, decadent, and sustainable. Her passion for environmental issues, the ethical treatment of workers, and her endless search for style were what made Ritual Fashions truly great. Ritual's items have been featured in top fashion and entertainment magazines and worn by some of the biggest film, TV, and music stars, as well as being featured in top television shows and films. After Ritual Fashions became a success far quicker than she ever imagined, Jillian's next mission was to develop a team of dedicated and talented co-creators to run things on her behalf, allowing her to focus almost exclusively on the personal passions that put her on the map in the first place.
Jillian was based out of Rome, GA, often traveling the world to work with people from every corner of the beauty, fashion, and music industries.
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