Bar Refaeli got most of the praise for being the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, but there were a handful of other women who equally burned up the pages. I got the chance to chat with them all, including Jessica Gomes, a part-Singaporean, part-Portuguese exotic model who was born in Australia. You may recognize the 24-year-old from DKNY, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, and Old Navy ads. She also made appearances on Project Runway and has her own Korean TV show titled My Name Is Jessica Gomes. Here's what she had to say about bikinis, her personal style, and the world of modeling.
What are three words that describe your personal style?
Chic, sexy, and comfortable.
What is your favorite bikini style and how many swimsuits do you own?
I can't count, I have a box-full at home. I love James Bond-inspired swimsuits that are fashionable and give a statement.
Who are your favorite designers?
YSL, Balmain, Goyard, Chanel, Zimmermann, Camilla, Anna & Boy, and Josh Goot from Australia.
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What is the best and worst thing about modeling?
Working with amazing talented and creative geniuses. The worst thing is having to travel long hours and jet lag.
What was the coolest thing about being in Sports Illustrated?
Being able to fly to the most amazing landscapes and working with such a fun and inspiring team. Also being the sexiest woman I can be, and making men dream about you and women want to be you.