The Hardest-Working Working Girl in Town, Any Fashion Town, Is Mick Jagger's Honey, Jerry Hall

updated 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

She may have been flashing an Amazon breastplate, but Jerry Hall was adamant, "it's better," drawled the 5'11", 118-pound Hall, "not to have big boobs if you want to be a model." Nicknamed "Tall Hall" by playmates in her native Dallas, Jerry, now 23, was the flat-chested youngest in a family of five gorgeous girls. "Because of my body," she recalls, "modeling was my only hope." Ambitious from the start, Jerry took off for France at 15. She bunked at a St.-Tropez youth hostel until she was discovered by a French agent.

Jerry's European success led her to a contract with Ford Models, Inc. in New York in 1975. Since then she has appeared on more than 50 magazine covers, including Vogue and Cosmopolitan (five times). She swings her golden mane for Revlon's Flex Shampoo on TV and is still the hottest thing on runways. Her fee is $1,500 a day. For all her own success, she is, however, best known by the company she keeps. The once-dateless duckling has been nesting with 36-year-old Rolling Stone Mick Jagger since 1977.

Home for Jerry these days is Mick's newly purchased co-op on Manhattan's Central Park West. Both Japanese food junkies, they drink bottled water and go light on drugs. Hall has visited with Jagger's parents in England, giving rise to rumors that he plans to marry her.

If she does wed, it won't be for security. Jerry has invested wisely, putting some of her money into a 200-acre ranch in Lone Oak, Texas. "In the past," she muses, "models would marry nice guys who could keep them in style. Now we're serious businesswomen. If you have your own money, no one can ever buy you."

Yet Hall—a self-confessed workhorse who spends her nights before a job in pink foam curlers—is no hard-bitten career woman. "A man," she concedes, "is more important than my job."

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