Jasmin Wagner ([jasˈmiːn ˈʋaːɡnɐ], born 20 April 1980), better known as Blümchen [ˈblyːmçən], is a multi-platinum (in Germany) selling pop and dance music singer, aspiring actress, model/spokeswoman. Although she releases her English albums under the name Blossom, her German stage name "Blümchen" actually translates to "floret" or "small flower". She is also known as Denim Girl, performing the song "Are You Ready For Some Darkness?" on the Alpha Motherfuckers - A Tribute to Turbonegro album.

Musical career[edit]Edit

Born in Hamburg to a German father and a Croatian mother, she began performing as a cheerleader for the Hamburg Blue Angels, a squad associated with the Hamburg Blue Devils American football team. In 1995 she started her musical career under the name Blümchen. She got the most successful German female singer of the 1990s. Also in other German-speaking countries and in Scandinavia she released singles and albums.

Her songs varied from around 50 BPM to about 190 BPM and they range from many genres of music:DanceTranceHappy HardcorePop, and Eurodance.

She returned, though, in 2003 with the single "Leb Deinen Traum" under her real name, Jasmin Wagner. In 2005 she released her first and so far only studio album Die Versuchung. It was commercially unsuccessful, reaching the German Album Charts for just one week. The musical style is far different to the Blümchen songs. It can be categorized as Retro Pop.

Her song "Boomerang" (1996) was co-opted as part of an Internet campaign in early 2010 against Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German spin-off of Pop Idol. In an attempt to prevent the winner Mehrzad Marashi's debut single, "Don't Believe," from reaching number one in the charts, "Boomerang" was purchased online en-masse, driving it to number seven in the charts, higher than its 1996 peak at eleventh, but still not high enough to unseat "Don't Believe". This made "Boomerang" Jasmin Wagner's fifth top-ten single, over a decade after its release. The campaign was presumably inspired by a similar campaign in Britain against The X Factor, where "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine placed as the Christmas number one in 2009.

Movie career[edit]Edit

Wagner has also made cameo appearances in several movies, most notably as a race car fan in Driven, starring Sylvester Stallone. Wagner appeared in the role of Maxi in the film Breathful by Daryush Shokof in Germany in 2006 and in different TV series with appearances in single episodes.

Theater career[edit]Edit

In 2007 Wagner started playing in various stage plays.

Career as TV presenter[edit]Edit

In 1996 Wagner firstly appeared as TV presenter in Heart Attack, a youth dating show. She also presented the Mini Playback Show in 1998 and the casting show Teenstar in 2002.

Career as spokesperson and model[edit]Edit

Wagner began her modelling career at age four in the Petrol catalog. In 1998, she was made the official representative of the Tommy Hilfiger product "Tommy Girl", and has also been involved in modelling several Hilfiger clothing products in Germany. She also promotes her own cosmetics line Jamila, which was launched in 2002.

As a spokesmodel she has also been a vocal supporter of animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and has been involved in many fundraising projects for them. As such in December 2004 she was involved in the charity fundraiser "Stars for Whales". Her fundraising efforts are not just for animals however; she has been a strong supporter of Hand in Hand for Children, a cancer awareness group. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake she was involved in a charity fundraiser for tsunami relief raising over  50,000.

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