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Jessica Michelle Kahawaty (Arabic: جيسيكا ميشيل قهواتي‎; born 12 September 1988 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a Lebanese Australian lawyer, TV Host, beauty queen, model, charity worker, and most recently the face and presenter for Yahoo Maktoob's new entertainment shows, 'omg! NOW' and 'omg! NUJOOM'. Jessica won Miss World Australia 2012,[1] then proceeded to Miss World 2012 in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China, where she claimed second runner-up.[2] She competed in Miss Lebanon 2010 held at the LBC studios in Adma, Lebanon. Despite receiving the highest scores from nine independent jury members, she was only rewarded the position of third runner-up. She received the highest score in swimwear, with a score of 9.778, ranked first again in evening wear with a mark of 9.811, and ranked second in questions with a difference of only 0.006 from first. Kahawaty previously represented Lebanon at the age of 19,[3] at the Miss International 2008 pageant held in Macau on 8 November 2008, where she placed as one of the Top 12 semi-finalists.[4]

Jessica Kahawaty
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Jessica Kahawaty, judge of the Jaguar Style Stakes 2014
Jessica Michelle Kahawaty

(1988-09-12) 12 September 1988 (age 30)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
TitleMiss Lebanon Australia 2007
Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2008
Miss Lebanon International 2008
Miss World Australia 2012
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorDark Brown
Eye colorbrown
Miss Lebanon Australia 2007
Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2008
Miss Lebanon International 2008
Miss International 2008
(Top 12)
Miss Lebanon 2010
(3rd Runner-Up)
Miss World Australia 2012
Miss World 2012
(2nd Runner-Up)

Jessica won her first beauty pageant at the age of 17 years in Sydney, Australia on May 2007. She was crowned Miss Lebanon Australia 2007 and was the first Lebanese Australian to subsequently win Miss Lebanon World 2008 in the following year. The pageant, held in Batroun Village Club, Lebanon, on 14 August 2008 featured 31 contestants with Lebanese origin from around the world. In November, she represented Lebanon in Miss International 2008, where she placed in the Top 12. Jessica Kahawaty was voted as the most likely contestant to win the Miss Lebanon 2010 pageant, with local and international media on her side. However, due to several interferences, she finished third runner-up with Rahaf Abdallah taking the crown with scores lower than Kahawaty.

Jessica has studied a combined degree of Bachelor of Laws and Business with a major in Finance in Sydney. In her acting career, she has filmed various commercials for known brands such as Maybelline Cosmetics for India and Lexus cars for Australia. She has also been featured in major catwalks, magazines, and photo-shoots around the world.

While focusing on her career, Kahawaty also aids in community service and conducts her own charity events. In 2007 she raised money for charities in both Australia and Lebanon, most notably Lilla community and Charity: Water.

Host of Project Runway Middle East | Airing September 17, 2016 on MBC 4.

On May 11, 2019 #EliteParis "Announced" Representing The Outstanding @JessicaKahawaty ✨

Kahawaty is not your average influencer by any means. She is an international model, humanitarian and law graduate, and has featured on TEDx panels about fashion and online activism, as well as held partnerships with some of the fashion, luxury and cosmetics’ worlds’ biggest brands. She has over 770K followers on her Instagram channel alone and racked up a total MIV of $1.8M in the space of less than a month.

Jessica Kahawaty generated a total MIV of $1.8M in the space of less than a month. Below, you’ll discover the media impact generated by Jessica for her collaboration with Dior between 6 March to 4 April, using the proprietary Media Impact Value™ algorithm (MIV®), which you can read more about here



Domestic beauty pageantsEdit

  • Miss World Australia 2012: Winner
  • Miss Lebanon 2010: 3rd Runner-Up
  • Miss Lebanon Australia 2007: Winner

International beauty pageantsEdit


  1. ^ July 2012, Naharnet Newsdesk 03; 08:53. "Lebanese Jessica Kahawaty Crowned Miss World Australia 2012". Naharnet. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  2. ^ "Australian-Lebanese Jessica Kahawaty second runner-up in Miss World 2012". Blog Baladi. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  3. ^ News
  4. ^ Blog Archived 2008-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Amanda Vilanova
Miss World 2nd Runner-Up
Succeeded by
  Carranzar Shooter
Preceded by
Amber Greasley
Miss World Australia
Succeeded by
Erin Holland
Preceded by
Grace Bejjani
Miss Lebanon International
Succeeded by
Sarah Barbosa Mansour

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