Jessica Gomes (born 25 September 1985) is an Australian model who has appeared in the Swimsuit Issue of the American Publication Sports Illustrated since 2008.
She works extensively in Australia and Asia. She has strong followings in Korea and in the East Coast hip hop community.
Gomes is the featured spokesperson for Australian corporations David Jones Limited. She has also been a spokesperson for Korean conglomerates LG Electronics
and Hyundai. Gomes served 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. An early LG ad campaign is considered her breakout performance.
She is the daughter of a Portuguese father, Joe Gomes and a Chinese mother, Jenny.Although sources such as her Fashion Model Directory listing contain a Perth,
Western Australia, birthplace, other sources state that Gomes was born in Sydney or nearby Wahroonga in New South Wales.Gomes says she was born in Sydney.
She was raised in Perth. Ocean Drive writer Peter Cullum presents one of the more detailed biographical sketches of Gomes in which he claims she first lived in
Sydney and then the family “opted out of Sydney for the semirural isolation of Western Australia” where she had “a semi-rural tomboy childhood”. She is the
youngest child in her family that includes two older sisters and an older brother. Gomes’ mother sent her to modelling classes at Linda-Ann Model Academy in
Perth suburb Midland at the age of 13. There her acting led to a modeling contest and the start of her career. In 2004, she signed with IMG Models after moving to
New York City. She has avoided Paris and Milan and done extensive work in most of Asia’s major markets — including Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and
Shanghai — where she feels mixed heritage models are more successful. According to Diane Smith, 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.