Back to 1981: Jiles Kirkland, Making a name in fashion

Jiles Kirkland, Making a name in fashion
Herald Tribune, Nov 22, 1981 by Marie McMurria

A former Bradenton resident is making a name for himself in the fashion and tv commercial fields.

He is Jiles Kirkland, who attended Manatee High when his father, the Rev. Jiles Kirkland ,was pastor of First Mehodist Church.The family moved to Jacksonville when Jiles Sr. was assigned to Riverside Park Methodist.

The son first worked for a large department store, did a bit of advertising and was signed by a modeling agency after he appeared in newspaper photos. After getting a start in the north Florida city Jiles decided to go to New York City on his own and has had enough success to make a good living.

Last year he had a bit part on the soap opera "Another World", has been in several TV commercials, including one for Pizza Hut, and appeared in a recent Cosmopolitan magazine feature.

After doing some fashion modeling in Paris, Jiles has been in Rome these past few weeks working with famed Italian designer Giorgio Armani, he was to have returned to New York Friday and plans to spend Thanksgiving in Jacksonville with his parents.Going up from Bradenton will be his brother and sister in law, Nelon and Lisa Kirkland.

Actually Jiles is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors.
B&W pics taken from


"Aerobis, Balance and Agility"
Year: Spring/Summer 1984
Model: Jiles Kirkland
Ph: Frank Schramm


Agence d’hotesses Marseille said...

Thanks for giving this great post about the fashion blog, he is looking too nice.

Johec said...

that's right, baby face + one of the best bodies!

I guess he's in his mid 50's these days.

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