updated 03/28/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/30/2011 AT 9:10 AM ET
Jessica White says that right now is the best time in her life. But the model, who famously dated Sean Penn, has endured a painful past, she reveals.
Focusing on the happy place she’s in now, White tells PEOPLE: “I’m living out every girl’s dream.” Currently, she is filming her own docu-series for Oxygen, launching a skincare line, starring in pal Kelly Rowland’s new music video and working on her women’s philanthropic organization, the Angel Foundation.
“I never denied getting into an altercation,” she says. “But people painted me to be the bad girl, which was 110 percent false.”