I can track my first encounter with Jessica Gomes to two years ago, at David Jones’ Spring/Summer 2012 showcase, where all present gasped audibly when she first marched out in a one-piece that fit her like a glove and made us all reassess our exercise regimes. Little me, having not been too well-versed in Sports Illustrated, asked who is that, trotted home to did my research, and decided that it would be pretty neat (for want of a better word) if I would have grown enough as a photographer at some point, to shoot with this Eurasian beauty, and as it has turned out, fully-fledged Australian sweetheart.
I present the third photo editorial installment of my collaboration with THE FASHION PROJECT: all hail the Gomes.
Because Jessica Gomes is an awesome human.
For somebody who is at a level where one would almost be completely excused for being a through-and-through diva, Jess is well and truly down to Earth and so easy to work with that it’s not even fair. I had certainly heard as much from a few mutual friends, Los Angeles and Sydney siders alike, who have sung her praises over the past few years, but every member of staff, volunteer, security guard, and stylist who Jess interacted with, over the course of the David Jones opening show day down in Melbourne, was as blown away by her approachability as they were by her incredible stage presence.
The same can be said for her photographic magnetism, which then speaks volumes for her lengthy career in front of the camera, which I’m so sure will evolve into moving pictures and Hollywood. Jess has the face and the focus of a star that didn’t wait for everything to fall in her lap. It doesn’t matter where she’s shooting, or who with (with Margaret out the back door of the show venue with every variety of model, volunteer and site worker looking on is not the most glamorous situation), Jess Gomes performs, and Jess Gomes conquers.
I can’t even tell you how long I spent flicking between equally strong photos of similar composition, trying to decide on final frames.
Who can really contest? I’m not even from Perth, and I’m going to say that you can never take the Perth out of a super chill, hard-working girl.
Model: Jessica Gomes
Photography: Margaret Zhang
Hair & Make Up: L’OREAL Paris