Hailing from Perth, Australia, Jessica Gomes is quickly becoming one of modeling’s biggest international faces. Working extensively in Australia and Asia, Gomes has strong followings in Korea, Australia, North America and in the East Coast hip hop community. Gomes has appeared in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of the Swimsuit Issue of the American Publication Sports Illustrated and will be in the magazine again in 2014. In 2008, Gomes had surpassed all models of Asian heritage appearing in the Swimsuit Issue.
In March 2013, Gomes was announced as the fashion ambassador for Australian retail giant David Jones Limited, replacing Miranda Kerr. In July 2013, she debuted for Jones on the runway.
Gomes has also been a spokesperson for the Korean conglomerates LG Electronics and Hyundai. Gomes also serves as the face of the Estee Lauder/Sean John fragrance “Unforgivable”. She has been revealed as the voice of Rick Ross’ label Maybach Music Group and was recently featured in a Beats by Dre commercial directed by Jonas Akerlund.
Gomes has enjoyed much success through South Korean advertising campaigns. In 2007 she appeared in advertisements for Hyundai Sonata. The following year, Jessica 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 pushed Gomes to stardom in South Korea. Her popularity grew, and by 2013 between her spokesmanships and Korean television show appearances, she had reached celebrity status. An early LG ad campaign is considered her breakout performance.
Gomes has appeared on the covers of Australian Vogue, Madison, as well as featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, In Style, Teen Vogue, Glamour, American Glamour and the coveted Victoria’s Secret catalogue, has modeled for DKNY Jeans, Garnier, Levi’s, Motorola, Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret. She was also the Maxim Cover girl for November 2011. She has been featured in ads for Jay-Z’s Rocawear. In 2009, she was in a Cass Beer ad campaign with Lee Min Ho.
Gomes’ career started when her mother sent her to modelling classes at Linda-Ann Model Academy in Perth at the age of 13 where a modeling contest led to the start of her career. In 2004, she signed with an international modeling agency after moving to New York City. She has done extensive work in most of Asia’s major markets — including Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Before Gomes began modeling in Midland, she appeared as an extra at age 10 on the Australian miniseries Bush Patrol.
While living in New York City, Gomes studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. In 2009, her reality TV-show My Name Is Jessica Gomes was launched on the English language Korean television network On Style owned by On-Media. In the shows second season it chronicled her time in New York. Gomes is also a choreographer and made her dancing debut in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars on June 10, 2011.
I have appeared in eight Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues from 2008–2015.