White Sparks Engagement Rumors With Ring Photos

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September 23, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Stunning supermodel Jessica White sparked engagement rumors on Wednesday night when she flashed a large diamond gem on her ring finger at a press event in New York City.
White, who was attending a release party for Beyonce’s new perfume Pulse at the Dream Hotel, playfully flaunted the mystery sparkler while posing on the red carpet, sending gossips into a flurry.

And the beauty, who briefly dated actor Sean Penn last year, played coy about her relationship status with editors at GlobalGrind.com – when a reporter asked if she was engaged. She responded, “I do have someone very special in my life! I was showing off my beautiful Mauboussin ring.”

Although White hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, longtime pal and mogul Russell Simmons has already offered up his well wishes – taking to his Twitter.com account on Friday, he wrote, “congrats Jessica White.”

White previously hinted that a top secret new romance had turned serious in a recent interview with Essence magazine, revealing, “After so many letdowns and the relationship with my ex, I knew I really didn’t want to continue making the same mistakes anymore.

“This guy I actually really, really, really care about. I think he’s the first man that I’ve actually ever been able to be myself around… I don’t really know where the relationship is going to go, but I can tell you he is my best bud and I hope that we stay tight like we are now.”