It is feared that the 28-year-old Mediterranean beauty could lose her sight after being attacked outside her home in Rimini, west Italy.
The acid attack has also left Gessica with “deep” burns to her face and eye, as well as her hip and leg.
She is currently in a serious but stable condition at a specialist unit in hospital.
“She was always smiling, always optimistic. Her mother is destroyed by this”
One of Gessica’s pals said: “She was always smiling, always optimistic. Her mother is destroyed by this.”
Her ex-boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack.
Stunning Gessica worked at an aquarium dolphin show as well as having a successful career as a TV presenter.
In 2007, she competed as a finalist in the Miss Italy 2007 competition.
It is believed that she split with ex Tavares, who she met while working on the aquarium show, last year.
Tavares, from Cape Verde, was then issued with a harassment order by police.
He has denied being involved in the attack and claims to have an alibi.
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