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January Jones: Modelling gave me thick skin

January Jones thinks that her days as a model were a clichéd start to an acting career.

The blonde star may be known to millions as Betty Draper in Mad Men, but the American actress actually started her career off in fashion.

She left her home town in South Dakota at the age of 18 for the bright lights of New York City. When she stepped off the bus she found herself living in an apartment full of models and was soon navigating a new vocation.

"The most clichéd start to a career," she laughed to British Marie Claire.

"You develop a thick skin because you learn rejection seven or eight times a day. I knew I didn't want to be a model. People in the fashion industry are brutal. But what it did give me was a knowledge of my own body, of how to move in a way that works, of things that look good on me."

Now at 37 she is fully established as a Hollywood star. Her role in Mad Men has meant she's a regular on the red carpet, and always looks ultra glam at events.

She stunned at the recent Burberry 's London in LA event, teaming a white biker jacket with a green and orange patterned midi skirt.

January previously admitted that she takes style advice from fellow actress Diane Kruger.

"[I look to my] close friend Diane Kruger for inspiration," she told Net-A-Porter. “She always looks fantastic so I watch what she wears. We like to go to shows or look online and then fight each other for the best [pieces].”

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