Jessica Karen Szohr (born March 31, 1985) is an American actress. Szohr began her screen career starring on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. She gained recognition in 2007 with her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW series Gossip Girl.
Szohr is of Hungarian descent, one quarter English, and her maternal grandmother is African-American. She was born, the oldest of five children, in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a place she describes as a “family-oriented small town”.
In 2010, Szohr was named in People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People in the World”. In the same year, she ranked at #18 in FHM’s Germany Sexiest Women in the World.