The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has always been one of the most popular publications released. While courting some controversy due to the Swimsuit Edition’s very existence, it has also been a “who’s who” of the modeling industry. Famous names such as Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland, Tyra Banks and Marissa Miller have graced the cover in past years. Sports Illustrated has also featured wonderful athletes such as Jennie Finch, Clair Bidez and Maria Sharapova.
In addition to the famous names that Sports Illustrated gets to be on the cover, the magazine also has a series of regular models who appear each year in this edition. One of the more notable models from recent years has been the Australian-born hottie, Jessica Gomes.
In 2008, Jessica made her debut on the pages of the Swimsuit Edition as a group on new models known as the ‘rookies’. Her exotic look (she is of Portuguese-Chinese heritage) struck a chord with subscribers and the SI editors. Starting with her debut, Jessica has appeared in every annual issue since.
While the exact location of this Australian’s birth is subject to some dispute (both Perth and Sydney have been cited), Jessica did grow up in the rural settings of the province of Western Australia. When she turned 13, her mother saw fit to enroll Jessica in modeling classes at the Linda-Ann Modeling Academy near Perth. Soon, she entered a modeling contest and her career took off from there.
In 2004, Gomes was signed by the prestigious world-wide modeling agency, IMG Models. While the runways of Paris and Milan would seem to be the likely destination for a top model, Jessica has chosen to focus her work in a variety of Asian markets. She is very popular in South Korea, where she did campaigns for Hyundai and LG Phones, and appeared on their version of “Dancing with the Stars” (she finished 3rd). In print work, Jessica has appeared in Vogue, Glamour and Victoria’s Secret (in addition to her notable work for Sports Illustrated). Jessica has even been the covergirl for Maxim magazine.
In addition to some of her more conventional modeling work, Jessica’s popularity in the hip-hop community has led to other opportunities for publicity. She has been the voice that announces Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group at the start of everyone of their songs, and she has been mentioned in a song by Kanye. She is also the face of the Diddy’s perfume collaboration with Estee’ Lauder, called “Unforgivable” by Sean John.
On top of breaking through ceiling for multi-racial models (which, unfortunately, still exists), Jessica is also a representative for the growing acceptance of body art. Even though some photo sets still airbrush her tattoos out of the pictures, more are starting to let Jessica proudly show off her body art. She has the word “Love” inscribed on her right wrist. On the outer part of her left forearm she has her parents’ names inscribed.
You can find out more about Jessica on her official website: http://jessoffduty.com/
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