Jessica Celeste Gonzalez Almada was born on October 21, 1984, in Fukui, Japan. The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Spanish/Italian father, Jessica Michibata has always possessed the sort of striking looks that tend to stand out in a crowd — yet it was her sister who originally blazed a path through the world of modeling. “I used to visit my older sister at her modeling agency in Tokyo,” she says. “When I was 12 or 13, they asked me if I’d like to try it.”
Although as a child she had bizarrely set her sights on a career as a coroner (That was my biggest dream. Everyone thinks I’m kidding when I say that”), Jessica Michibata spent the majority of her teen years struggling to carve out a place for herself within Japan’s cutthroat modeling scene. It wasn’t until she appeared in a television spot for UNIQLO — Japan’s leading clothing retail chain — that Jessica Michibata first broke through into the mainstream, and she subsequently managed to land a series of high profile gigs modeling for such familiar names as Evian, Reebok and Seiko.
Jessica Michibata’s growing success as a model allowed her to dip her toes into a variety of other endeavors, with her passion for cinema resulting in a four-year gig as a movie columnist for Soup magazine, which eventually led to a job introducing movies on the American TV station TBS as part of their weekly “Cinema Style” series. She’s also begun using her fame as a means of giving back globally, with her interest in helping developing nations — via the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — certainly emblematic of Jessica Michibata’s desire to help others.
Despite all her accomplishments, Jessica Michibata is best known for her recent coupling with international racing sensation Jenson Button. As one of the most talented young faces on the Formula One, Jenson Button has been connected to a string of beautiful ladies – including model Florence Brudenell-Bruce and actress Louise Griffiths — yet it’s his relationship with Jessica Michibata that’s transformed the pair into an international tabloid sensation. The couple made headlines across the globe earlier this year after they kept journalists waiting 15 minutes while celebrating his victory at the Australian Grand Prix in his trailer, with his explanation (“It got a bit steamy in there”) setting off a firestorm of speculation and raised eyebrows. It gives new meaning to 15 minutes of fame.
It’s not surprising to note that Jessica Michibata’s profile has only grown in recent months, with her appearance at Japan’s semiannual Tokyo Girls Collection event drawing a crowd of over 22,000 enthusiastic fashion fans. She’s even had the chance to work with her model sister, Angelica, as the two have appeared in campaigns for the lingerie brand Peach John.