TOP 25 EMERG­ING TAL­ENT

Col­lec­tive Hub has teamed up with Lexus to show­case (in no par­tic­u­lar or­der) 25 UP-AND-COM­ERS to watch. We CEL­E­BRATE the cur­rent crop of lead­ers mak­ing waves, side-step­ping the sta­tus quo and in­spir­ing POS­I­TIVE CHANGE across the globe.

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Why Lexus? Through their Next ini­tia­tive, Lexus be­lieve that to keep art forms pro­gress­ing, new voices and ideas some­times need a help­ing hand to break through.

We talk to the Aussie model, ac­tress and busi­ness­woman on build­ing a legacy, lean­ing into fear, re­jec­tion and the lessons learnt from those who aren’t what they seem. By Re­becca Han­ley.

“I’ve al­ways felt dif­fer­ent,” says Jess Gomes as she kicks off her black boots and sinks into the couch. “That’s al­ways been the chal­lenge for me. But now I re­ally em­brace it.”

We are perched in a suite at the QT ho­tel at Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach, Jess’ tem­po­rary home. The 31-year-old, who grew up in Perth, the daugh­ter of a Chi­nese mother and a Por­tuguese fa­ther, is now based in LA where she’s been test­ing the wa­ters of the US film scene.

“It is im­por­tant to lean into fear, get out of your com­fort zone. It’s good to lean into what you’re scared of,” says Jess. “My mum sent me this photo of my Year Five year­book, and next to ‘am­bi­tion’ and I wrote ‘ac­tress’.” >

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