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Jennifer Hawkins Biography
Jennifer Hawkins (born 22 December 1983 in Holmesville, New South Wales, Australia) is a beauty queen and television presenter from Newcastle, Australia who held the Miss Universe 2004 title.
Hawkins was a former cheerleader for the Newcastle Knights rugby league team, and the Hunter Pirates basketball team and also worked as a model. It was as a model that she was cast as Miss Australia for the Miss Universe competition.
Hawkins also worked as a choreographer for a dance team that toured Australia.
After being selected to represent Australia in the internationally televised Miss Universe 2004, Hawkins sought advice from previous titleholder Ashlea Talbot, and learned basic Spanish prior to travelling to Ecuador.
The Miss Universe pageant was held in Quito, Ecuador on 1 June 2004. A week prior to the event, Hawkins was ranked sixth favourite to win the crown. During the final competition, Hawkins became the first Australian to make the semi-finals since Voni Delfos in 1993. She then proceeded to the top ten after competing in the evening gown competition, where she wore an unusual vintage copper gown that was designed by Bora and cost AU$25,000. After the swimsuit competition, Hawkins advanced to the top five, and eventually won the Miss Universe title. The remaining top five were all delegates from the Americas and Caribbean, including Shandi Finnessey of the USA (1st runner-up), Alba Reyes of Puerto Rico (2nd runner-up), Yanina Gonzalez of Paraguay (3rd runner-up) and Danielle Jones of Trinidad and Tobago (4th runner-up). Hawkins was the first winner from Oceania since Lorraine Downes of New Zealand held the title in 1983, and the first Australian since Kerry Anne Wells in 1972.
Hawkins is crowned by outgoing titleholder Amelia Vega, wearing an elaborate $25,000 gown. She was the third titleholder to wear the Mikomoto crownHawkins was crowned by outgoing titleholder Amelia Vega from the Dominican Republic, after famously being announced by host Billy Bush as the "thunder from down under". Pageant co-owner Donald Trump described Hawkins as "the most beautiful Miss Universe I have seen in many, many years".
Hawkins received an elaborate Mikimoto pearl encrusted crown, worth $250,000 as well as an extensive prize package. Hawkins was the first blonde haired woman to win the title since Angela Visser of the Netherlands in 1989.
As Miss Universe, Hawkins represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2004 titleholders were Shelley Hennig (Miss Teen USA, of Louisiana) and Shandi Finnessey (Miss USA, of Missouri). During her reign, Hawkins traveled to Korea, The Bahamas, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, India, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, had multiple trips to Thailand, the host of Miss Universe 2005, and her home country of Australia. As part of her year-long reign as Miss Universe, she resided in New York City in a riverside apartment provided by the Miss Universe Organization. Also during her reign as Miss Universe, Hawkins stated that her wish was to continue modelling and become a television presenter.
Shortly after being crowned Miss Universe in 2004, Hawkins created news during a fashion show at Westfield Miranda, an Australian shopping centre, when she tripped on the hem of her dress, which fell to the floor. Hawkins was left in her g-string in front of a surprised crowd. Hawkins later apologized, laughingly adding she "wished she wore better underwear". The incident received the dubious distinction of being named "The most embarrassing moment ever shown on Australian television" by Australia's Nine Network. The "Wardrobe malfunction" was widely circulated through news outlets as well as the blogosphere, and according to Google, caused a sharp increase in internet searches] for "Jennifer Hawkins".
Just prior to the end of her reign, Hawkins participated in a photoshoot for Ralph magazine in Donald Trump's resort Mar-a-Lago. The shoot had been due to take place prior to her competing at Miss Universe but she had been unable to fulfill this due to contractural obligations to the Miss Universe organisation.
Life after Miss Universe
Hawkins presenting a segment for The Great OutdoorsHawkins signed a contract with the Seven Network at the 2004 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Her first appearances were as a guest presenter on the network's travel show, The Great Outdoors, where she took viewers on tours throughout the world. When she ended her reign as Miss Universe, she became a regular presenter on the show, which resulted in a 2006 Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent.
Hawkins was one of the participants in the fourth season of Australia's Dancing with the Stars and was the fifth celebrity eliminated. On February 15, 2006 she was in a celebrity version of Deal or No Deal called Dancing with the Deal which featured celebrities from Dancing with the Stars.
In August 2006, Jennifer Hawkins initially accepted Bathurst school student Daniel Dibley's invitation to accompany him to his Year 12 graduation ball. She later declined because she did not wish to draw attention from the other couples. She did however agree to go with him on a private date.
Hawkins is featured as the love interest of Australian artist, Guy Sebastian in the music video for the second single off his third album, "Elevator Love". She has made cameo appearances in multiple episodes of The Apprentice with Donald Trump, who stated that Jennifer Hawkins "is the most beautiful Miss Universe" he had ever seen.
Hawkins began dating international model and former carpenter Jake Wall just prior to winning the Miss Universe pageant, and the two continued their relationship following Hawkins' return to Australia after her year based in New York. Wall was in Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice. The Seven Network requested that she not attend the show, as Seven fears Nine will capitalise on her presence, which may boost ratings for Nine.
Hawkins in an ad for Grand WaterfrontIn July 2005, she was signed by personal hygiene and skincare brand Lux as its face of Australia and New Zealand. In September 2006, Hawkins signed a 3 year deal with Lovable Australia lingerie as its Australian "face". In August 2006, she became ambassador for Grand Waterfront, a joint residential development between Henderson Land Development and its associate the Hong Kong & China Gas Company in Hong Kong. Full front page colour photographs of her have appeared as advertisements in several Chinese language newspapers; Minute-long advertisements for the development have been aired on primetime television in Hong Kong with Hawkins as the principal subject. In November 2006, Hawkins endorsed a range of Asus laptops in Sydney, Australia, at which the company donated the proceeds of an Ebay sale of a special edition pink S6 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In January 2007, it was announced that Hawkins had signed a deal with Australian Department Store Myer worth $4million (AUD).
Jennifer Hawkins Casting Credits
Miss Universe's Guide to the Universe (2004) (TV) .... Miss Universe
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day (2006) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
"Dancing with the Stars"
- Series 4 Grand Final (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #4.7 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #4.6 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #4.4 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #4.3 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Deal or No Deal"
- Dancing with the Deals: Part 3 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Women (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"The Great Outdoors" (1992) TV Series .... Herself (2005-_)
... aka The Apprentice 2 (USA: second season title)
... aka The Apprentice USA (UK)
- Airstream of Consciousness (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Tout le monde en parle"
- Episode dated 12 December 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
CMT 20 Sexiest Women (2004) (TV) .... Herself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Men (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"Good Morning Australia"
... aka G.M.A. (Australia: short title)
- Episode dated 9 September 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Miss Universe 2004 (2004) (TV) .... Miss Universe Australia
"Dancing with the Stars"
- Episode #4.8 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode #4.9 (????) TV Episode .... Herself
"Good as Gold!"
- Our Aussie Bloopers (2007) TV Episode .... Herself
- Love, Pain & the Whole Damn Thing (2006) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Herself - 'Great Outdoors' Presenter
"20 to 1"
- Crazes and Phases (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Dancing with the Stars"
- Episode #4.9 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- The Top 5 - Series 4 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself