It’s prediction time. Coming in at third place is the lovely Jessica Gomes.
I may be blinded by personal preferences; I love Jessica Gomes. She’s my current favorite SI model. I thought I saw something special about her in her 2008 debut:
Those hypnotic curves and gentle, piercing gaze. 2009 confirmed it:
She’s magnificent. Her placid, luxurious sexiness lifts her above even the surrounding sea of scantily clad beauties.
I am not alone in this opinion. At some point last year, M.J. Day tweeted about some kid who wrote a song about her, which resulted in some notoriety around the SI swimsuit community. Some sample lyrics:
In my room
I watched videos on YouTube
This girl came in the first page
It startled me how cute she is
Oh, woah, woah
I was wondering
Who is she?
And then I tried to Google her
Oh I found it
What a cute girl
Oh, woah, woah
Okay, so it’s not Beatrice and Dante. But until Jessica starts posting comments on this blog, the kid has one up on me.
When I began reading M.J. Day’s Twitter feed back in late 2009, and she related tantalizing 140-character missives from behind the scenes of what would be the 2010 issue, I panicked a little, because she never mentioned Jessica. Would they withhold her just as she became the girl I most looked forward to?
The 2010 issue arrived, and to my relief, it contained Jessica:
But the fact that she wasn’t mentioned (I believe Brooklyn Decker, Julie Henderson, Daniella Sarahyba, and/or Irina Shayk all were) made me wonder how hard she cultivates her public image. Her Twitter feed, sadly, is private. I worry that her relative lack of fame might be an obstacle between her and the cover.
But if I ran the place, she’d be the 2011 cover girl. I mean, tell me this girl wouldn’t sell some magazines: