Jennifer Hawkins (born December 22, 1983) was the winner
of the 2004 Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador on June 1. Born
in Newcastle, Australia, she was a former cheerleader for the Newcastle
Knights Rugby League team, and the Newcastle Falcons basketball
teams, and then a sometime model. It was as a model that she was
cast as Miss Australia for the Miss Universe competition.
Her measurements are 38-26-36.
During her reign, Hawkins traveled to 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 modeling and become
a television presenter.
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).
Hawkins also became the first blonde to win the Miss Universe title,
since Angela Visser of the Netherlands did it in 1989.
Donald Trump stated that Jennifer Hawkins "is the most beautiful
Miss Universe" he had ever seen.
On September 2, 2004 while modelling at a Newcastle fashion show
her skirt fell to her ankles, revealing her G-string underwear,
and this was captured and widely broadcast throughout the Australian
and international media. Just a few days later, Hawkins caught the
Australian media's attention yet again. In Melbourne to promote
Spring Fashion Week, Miss Universe stumbled on her way down to the
Yarra River bank for a gondola ride.
Hawkins' ambition to become a television presenter was helped along
when she announced that she had 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.
She was one of the participants in the fourth season of Australia's
Dancing with the Stars in 2006, until she failed to receive enough
audience votes, and was subsequently eliminated during the April
4 episode coming sixth. Her shock elimination made headlines the
next day and the media suggested that jealous women would refuse
to vote for her because Hawkins was 'too beautiful'.
Miss Universe 2006
She will be one of the judges this year at the 2006 Miss Universe
in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 2006.
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