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Jessica Kahawaty Jessica Kahawaty
Jessica Kahawaty

Jessica Kahawaty

International model and philanthropist, Jessica Kahawaty, Australian born of Arabic origins, has bridged cultures together through her work in the fashion industry and humanitarianism.

An ambassador for some of the world’s exclusive brands, Jessica uses her name and platform to continuously shed light on global issues around the world and empower young women to reach their full potential through education and the arts. Jessica has built an impressive portfolio of luxury brand partnerships working as an Official brand ambassador for IWC watches, a friend of the brand for Louis Vuitton and receiving coverage from top tier publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Worldwide, Elle, L’Officiel, Conde Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Jessica was previously the face and presenter of Yahoo Maktoob’s entertainment shows in Dubai, interviewing regional and international names inclusive of Kobe Bryant and Selena Gomez to name a few. Jessica is also known as the host of Emmy award winning US show ‘Project Runway’ in its’ Middle East version. She was part of an international jury including designer Elie Saab and personality Afef Jnifen and interviewing the likes of Toni Garrn, Mila Jovovich and Carine Roitfeld.

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International model and philanthropist, Jessica Kahawaty, Australian born of Arabic origins, has bridged cultures together through her work in the fashion industry and humanitarianism.

An ambassador for some of the world’s exclusive brands, Jessica uses her name and platform to continuously shed light on global issues around the world and empower young women to reach their full potential through education and the arts. Jessica has built an impressive portfolio of luxury brand partnerships working as an Official brand ambassador for IWC watches, a friend of the brand for Louis Vuitton and receiving coverage from top tier publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Worldwide, Elle, L’Officiel, Conde Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Jessica was previously the face and presenter of Yahoo Maktoob’s entertainment shows in Dubai, interviewing regional and international names inclusive of Kobe Bryant and Selena Gomez to name a few. Jessica is also known as the host of Emmy award winning US show ‘Project Runway’ in its’ Middle East version. She was part of an international jury including designer Elie Saab and personality Afef Jnifen and interviewing the likes of Toni Garrn, Mila Jovovich and Carine Roitfeld.

With a background in Business Finance and Human Rights Law, Jessica has worked with various NGOs internationally. She has advocated for causes close to her heart including St. Jude’s Children Cancer Centre, Charity Water and Breast Cancer Awareness. A philanthropist at heart, Jessica completed two major humanitarian trips in 2017 with great success in raising awareness and funds. In June, she visited the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, the Zaatari camp in Jordan, as a face for the campaign with global fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. This was followed by a field visit with the United Nations Human Rights Commission during an emergency status for the Rohingya crisis in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Jessica was subsequently asked to speak at the United Nations in New York, end of 2017.

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