We often fail to find celebrities who rose to fame for starring in a show they loved so much as children. Only a few people fall into this category and Jessica Graf is one of them.

She is now an American reality TV personality, janitor, and model who became famous for being on the Big Brother 19 reality show which aired on CBS in 2017. Jessica did not win the series but gained a lot of publicity from it due to her drive-home and high-profile relationship with a co-contestant.

In the following paragraphs, you’ll find out everything there is to know about her, including the widely asked question about her ethnicity.

Jessica Graf – Biography, Ethnicity

Jessica Graf is an American woman with mixed Italian and Brazilian ethnicity. Her father (Albert Graf) is of Italian descent while her mother (Cindy Helmick) is Brazilian. They welcomed their daughter (now Jessica Furtado Nickson) on December 11, 1990, in Cranston, Rhode Island, but later moved to Los Angeles, California.

Growing up, one of Jessica’s favorite TV shows was the reality show Big Brother. Afterwards, she often watched the show with her father every summer but her father was unaware that his daughter would one day be in the show. Sadly, he also didn’t know he wouldn’t be alive to see her on the show. Albert Graf died in 2014 and it hurt Jessica a lot.

Since her debut, Jessica Garf has always been an active child. She was once a cheerleader for the New England Revolutions, a soccer club that plays in Major League Soccer (MLS) as an Eastern Conference member owned by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. As for the rest of her childhood, Jessica has not made any more revelations to this effect.

She became famous after her participation in the 19th season of the reality show Big Brother. While on the show, she began a streak with contestant Cody Nickson in the first week of airing and the duo continued until they quit reality TV.

15 contestants were in the running for the star prize, others including Paul Abrahamian, who often bullied the duo of Jessica and Coddy, Christmas Abbott, Ramses Soto, Cameron Heard, Jason Dent, Kevin Schlehuber, Jillian Parker, and more.

According to the nature of the show, Jessica Grafqui describes herself as an honest, strong, loyal person who enjoys working with people, has used her “people-pleaser” skills to form strategic alliances and go far on the show. That’s not to say all went well for her, no, Graf also had feuds with other contestants including Abbot, Martinez and Abrahamian. However, she remained in one of the last 12 places. Jessica was kicked out of Big Brother 19’s house on Day 51 while her partner was kicked out again on Day 58.

Other interesting facts about her

  • Relationship with Cody Nickson

Although we saw the show end as soon as the project that brought the two individuals together ended, the show’s romance between Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf turned out to be real. It went way beyond what some people might have assumed was a reality show to become a fan favorite. The two men who were labeled ‘Jody’ maintained their relationship even after they were knocked out of the Big Brother 19 house and have remained together ever since.

The duo got engaged on February 13, 2018, and at some point that year, reports broke the news that they had gotten married. In March 2019, they had a baby named Maverick Nickson. Young Maverick already has his own Instagram account (mavericknickson) with a growing number of followers.

Besides Maverick, Jessica is stepmother to Cody’s daughter from a previous relationship.

Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson stayed in the spotlight after appearing on reality show Big Brother. Graf made an appearance at the premiere of the Celebrity Series Big Brother 1 (US), a spin-off of the show Big Brother. She then made another appearance on Big Brother 20 (US) with Cody, where they held a Power of Veto competition.

The pair competed in the 30th season of The Amazing Race where they won the grand prize of $1,000,000 and an additional $5,000 won earlier in the race. They became Big Brother’s first contestants to win the reality television series.

As someone we previously talked about being a model, you must have read expectantly to find out what body stats Jessica Graf has. She stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 70 kg.