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Jessica Gomes

Jessica GomesJessica Gomes, born on the 25th of September 1984 in Sydney, Australia is an Australian model who appeared in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue every year from 2008 to 2015. She works as a model extensively in Australia and Asia.

Gomes is the featured spokesperson for Australian company David Jones Limited. She has also been a spokesperson for South Korean conglomerates LG Electronics and Hyundai. Gomes served as the face of the Estee Lauder/Sean John fragrance "Unforgivable".

She is the daughter of a Portuguese father, Joe Gomes, and a Singaporean Chinese mother, Jenny. Born in Sydney, she was raised in Perth where she lived a supposed semi-rural tomboy childhood. She is the youngest child in her family, with two older sisters and an older brother.

Gomes's mother sent her off to modelling classes at Linda-Ann Model Academy in the Perth suburb of Midland at the age of 13. This led to a modeling contest and the start of her career.

In 2004, she signed with IMG Models after moving to New York City, but has avoided Paris and Milan and mostly booked extensive work in most of Asia's major markets - including Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Jessica GomesThis was because she feels mixed heritage models are more successful in those markets. According to the senior editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, she is regarded as a "nontraditional" beauty and in her Australian homeland she is regarded for her multiracial background.

Gomes has enjoyed much success through South Korean advertising campaigns and in 2007 she appeared in advertisements for Hyundai Sonata. The following year, she appeared in an advertisement for LG Cyon Bikini Phone, in which she promoted the split screen cellphone wearing a two-piece bikini, under the tagline "Touch the Wonder."

This ad campaign is credited as having boosted Gomes to media stardom in South Korea. Her popularity grew, and by 2013 between her spokesmanships and Korean television show appearances, she had become extremely well known.

Beyond her South Korean success, Gomes has appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Glamour, American Glamour and Victoria's Secret catalogue and has modeled for DKNY Jeans, Garnier, Levi's, Motorola, Urban Outfitters and Victoria's Secret, and appeared on the cover of Biba.

She signed with Estee Lauder as the face of Sean John's Unforgivable fragrance and has been featured in advertisements for Jay-Z Rocawear. In 2009, she was in a Cass Beer ad campaign with Lee Min Ho.

Jessica GomesShe was the Maxim Cover girl for November 2011. On Friday the 22nd of March 2013, Gomes was announced as the fashion ambassador for Australian retail giant David Jones Limited, replacing Miranda Kerr and joining Megan Gale, Jason Dundas, Montana Cox, Gai Waterhouse and Emma Freedman.

That July, she debuted for Jones on the runway. After Gomes became the face of Enprani Cosmetics, she launched a lip gloss named Gomes Pink. She has also shot editorials for the Australian and Vietnamese editions of Harper's Bazaar and modelled for the cover of Cleo.

Gomes was listed at number 34, 8 and 94 in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 AskMen international poll of "world's most desirable women" and is listed at number 25 in the Maxim's Top 25 Hottest Females of 2012 and number 8 in Maxim Australia's Hot 100 of 2012 and for 2013, she was listed at number 6 on that same list.

By 2015 she had appeared in eight Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues (2008–2015).

In 2008, she was part of a record group of seven "rookie" Swimsuit Issue models, along with Quiana Grant, Melissa Haro, Yasmin Brunet, Melissa Baker, Jeisa Chiminazzo and Jarah Mariano.

That year, she was featured in a bodypainting layout as a canvas for bodypaint artist Joanne Gair. By the time of her fifth consecutive Swimsuit issue, she had surpassed all models of Asian heritage.

Jessica GomesThe modeling school in Midland where Gomes attended was also a child casting agency and in 1997, Gomes, along with many other students of the school, appeared as extras in the Australian miniseries The adventures of the Bush Patrol.

While she lived in New York City, she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her Chinese-Portuguese heritage has contributed to her popularity in the Asian television market, and in 2009, her reality TV-show My Name Is Jessica Gomes was launched on the South Korean English language television network, On Style, owned by On-Media. In the shows second season it chronicled her time in New York.

She made her dancing debut in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars on the 10th of June 2011 where she placed third for that season. Gomes was also in the 2017 film Once Upon a Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis. Gomes is also known for roles in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Cinderella (2016).

Gomes has a variety of East Coast Hip Hop connections and In January 2012, Gomes was revealed as the voice behind saying the name of Rick Ross's label Maybach Music Group at the beginning of certain tracks that the company produces.

She is "name-checked" in the Kanye West GOOD Fridays song "Christian Dior Denim Flow" Gomes participated as a celebrity driver in a promotional celebrity challenge racing event by Mazda associated with the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and also starred in Z.Tao's music video "Crown".

One of her sisters, Bianca, was a successful model in Australia and overseas before Jessica began seriously modeling.

Jessica GomesShe counts Australian Elle Macpherson and the multiracial model China Machado, the first non-white model to appear on the cover of a US fashion magazine, as her role models. She dined with Perth native and friend Heath Ledger in New York the day before he died.

In 2005, Gomes moved to New York City and shared an apartment with Gemma Ward. She formerly attended La Salle College and continued to live in New York at the time of her Swimsuit Issue debut in 2008 and as late as 2011.

Gomes' mother was born in Hong Kong, and grew up in Singapore, and her father is from Portugal, and spent time in Paris. Both immigrated to Australia in the 1970s.

After moving to New York on a whim back in 2005, she became the latest western Australian model to have the international fashion world at her feet.

As a 20-year-old in New York City she shared an apartment with It girl, supermodel Gemma Ward, and counted fashion giants Victoria's Secret and Levi's among her growing list of high-profile campaigns.

It was a case of going from being a BMX-biking tomboy to bombshell beauty for the Greenmount-raised catwalker, who only took up modelling at her mother's insistence.

"I never thought I'd be a model. I was always looking grubby and scraping my knees riding bikes and playing with my older brother, Nathan," she said.

Jessica Gomes"Mum thought I was a bit too much of a tomboy and said, `I think you should do some modelling classes."

"I was always just doing modelling on the side and thinking I'd go to college, but it was only when I moved to New York that it became serious and made me realise, `Hey, I AM a model'. "

She said being chosen to appear alongside supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks in a Victoria's Secret campaign, shot in Miami, had been a huge shock.

"I couldn't believe it – I mean, I'm a chick from the Hills," she said.

"I never thought that I'd be in the same league as some of the top models, so it was a real confidence boost for me professionally."

The former La Salle College student said she was incredulous about her new life - "I couldn't help but pinch myself sometimes," she said.

"I was in Matsuri (a top Japanese restaurant and celebrity hang-out in New York) and David Beckham walked in and we talked and I got a photo with him."

"Or back then I'd be doing shows and lining up in front of me were the top models in the world. "I just sometimes couldn't believe that I had come that far, especially growing up in an area where you don't see much fashion. A big trip for me before was even getting to go into the city from Greenmount Hill."

Jessica GomesNow preparing to launch her very first skincare line, we caught up with the jet-setting supermodel in Jessica Gomes shares her top travel beauty secrets (a mask in flight!), why she doesn't work out while traveling, and why she thinks a subscription to SHAPE magazine is a top priority.

Seriously Gomes reads SHAPE Magazine every month! It's her go-to magazine for great tips and advice that all women can relate to. As far as fitness she has been modeling for 10 years and has literally tried everything. Finally, she found something that has changed her body and really works.

Now based in L.A. she has access to celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson's studio where she works out three to four times a week for an hour and really enjoys the dance-inspired classes.

"Through the years, I've learned not to ‘overwork' my body. Days of rest in between workouts are so important! In the beginning, I'd work out like crazy, every day for two hours a day, and I noticed my body would just hang onto the fat. Getting enough sleep and days of rest are a priority now."

As far my eating habits are concerned, I just have one rule - I try and stay away from breads and pastas! Other than that, I eat everything! I follow the Paleo Diet (also known as The Cavewoman Diet) which works really well for me."

"Anything that can swim, run, or is grown from the ground is allowed on the diet. I've tried being a vegan and following a raw foods diet, but none of these are sustainable when you travel a lot. At least now, I have tons of options no matter where I am."

Jessica Gomes"Since I'm usually working while I'm traveling, I'm keeping active. I just do yoga and stretching and drink lots of water and eat healthy - which is so hard because we tend to crave junk food while we're traveling so I bring my own snacks from Whole Foods so I'm not tempted."

"I am very fulfilled with what I'm doing and that helps keep me motivated. I always need to keep it moving and keep learning through doing amazing projects. Every day I wake up and try to be inspired. I say ‘what can I do to make today better than yesterday?"

"Since I'm half Chinese, I love the Asian aesthetic behind cosmetics. Asian women have amazing skin and there's a science behind it. They use botanicals like green tea, ginseng, and rice - ingredients that are all-natural and high in antioxidants. That's my secret!"

"I wanted to create something that I know works. I feel like a mad scientist mixing up formulas! I think it's important as women that we share what we've learned and share our secrets. The line will be out in about a year or so."

"Sometimes I literally go right from an airplane to a photo shoot. So it's so important that I don't get dehydrated, as it shows in my skin. The flight attendants think I'm a freak but I'll take these hydrating cloth masks from Amore Pacific and wear it during a long flight."

"They come in packets so they are easy to throw in your bag and then dispose of when you're done! And every morning and every night, I cleanse my face and moisturize. I always make sure I get all my makeup off at the end of the day, no matter what, and exfoliate twice a week."

Jessica GomesI’ve had to work a lot on my own self-esteem, it’s definitely been a work in progress. I think the light bulb moment was growing to realise that you really just have to be yourself, embrace who you are and not follow anyone else.

Everyone has unique qualities. When I feel good inside it shows on the outside. I love my body and I love looking after myself by eating wholesome food, exercising and feeding my soul with love. It’s all about balance and listening to what your body needs.

Not only is she an exotic beauty, she can also count a very successful modeling career, acting and being the founder of skincare company Equal Beauty as huge accomplishments for such a young woman. Jessicsa is also a World Vision Ambassador.

"Equal Beauty is a fragrance-free line which focuses above all on hydration and protection. The skincare is suitable for everyone. Equal Beauty is the result of a long passion I have had to develop a skincare line that reflects my values and skincare needs."
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