Sports Illustrated Model
Australian model Jessica Gomes is best known for her appearance on the
American Sports Illustrate Swimsuit Issue Editions from 2008 to 2013.
She is the featured spokesperson for Australian corporations David
Jones Limited. She has also become a spokesperson for Korean
conglomerates LG Electronics and Hyundai.
Gomes mentions the multiracial China Machado (the first non-Caucasian
model on the cover of any US fashion magazine) and Australian Elle
MacPherson as her role models. She dined with Heath Ledger in New York
the day before the Perth native actor passed away.
Childhood and Family:
Jessica Gomes was born on September 25, 1985, in Perth, Australia. Her
mother, Jenny, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore. Her
father, Joe Gomes, is from Portugal before living in Paris. She has a
brother, Nathan, and two older sisters. Jessica began taking modeling
classes at Linda-Ann Model Academy in Perth suburb Midland at age 13.
She once enrolled at La Salle College, and also attended the Stella
Adler Studio of Acting in NYC.
Spokesperson of David Jones Limited
Jessica Gomes started competing in modeling contests in her native
Australia as a teenager. After moving to New York City in the
mid-2000s, she signed with IMG Models, and has done extensive work in
Australia and most of major market in Asia, including Seoul, Tokyo,
Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In South Korea, Gomes has enjoyed
significant success through her appearance in advertising campaigns,
such as for Hyundai Sonata (2007), LG Cyon Bikini Phone (2008) and Cass
Beer (2009), where she starred alongside Korean star Lee Min Ho.
Besides, Gomes had her own reality TV-show on the English language
Korean television network On Style called “My Name Is Jessica
Gomes,” which was launched in 2009. She also participated in the
Korean version of “Dancing with the Stars” (2011), where
she finished third.
Beyond her success in Asia, Gomes has appeared in Teen Vogue, Vogue,
Glamour, American Glamour and Victoria's Secret catalogue, and has
modeled for Levi's, Garnier, DKNY Jeans, Motorola, Urban Outfitters and
Victoria's Secret. She has appeared in Jay-Z Rocawear ads, and was the
face of the Estee Lauder/Sean John fragrance
“Unforgivable”. She graced the cover of Maxim magazine in
November 2011. She has appeared in the Swimsuit Issue of the American
Publication Sports Illustrated editions in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
and 2013 .
On March 22, 2013, Gomes was declared as the fashion ambassador for
Australian retail giant David Jones Limited, replacing Miranda Kerr.
Other ambassadors include Megan Gale, Jason Dundas, Montana Cox, Gai
Waterhouse and Emma Freedman. Gomes walked the runway for Jones for the
first time in July of that year. Gomes is the face of Enprani