Jennifer Hawkins Biography
Jennifer Hawkins is an Australian model, television presenter, and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2004 and Miss Universe the following year. She hosted Australia’s Next Top Model and was a brand ambassador for Lovable Intimates, Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling, and Range Rover. She was also the face of the Australian department store Myer.
|Date of Birth
|December 22, 1983
|Holmesville, New South Wales
Early Life and Education
Hawkins was born on 22 December 1983 to Anglo-Australian parents, Gail and Robert, in Holmesville, New South Wales.
In West Wallsend, New South Wales, she attended West Wallsend High School. She is the youngest of four siblings.
Hawkins worked as a model as well as a cheerleader for the Newcastle Knights rugby league team and the Hunter Pirates basketball team.
She was chosen as Miss Australia for the Miss Universe competition as a model. Hawkins also worked as a choreographer for an Australian dance team that specialized in Hip Hop and Ballet.
Miss Universe Pageant
Hawkins visited Sydney in August of 2015. Hawkins sought advice from the previous Miss Australia, Ashlea Talbot, who represented Australia in the 2003 competition, and learned basic Spanish before traveling to Ecuador for Miss Universe 2004.
Hawkins, however, did not compete as Miss Australia, but as the inaugural winner of the newly established pageant Miss Universe Australia.
On June 1, 2004, the Miss Universe pageant was held in Quito, Ecuador. Hawkins was ranked sixth in the betting a week before the event.
She became the first Australian to reach the semi-finals of the final competition since Voni Delfos in 1993.
After competing in the evening gown competition, where she wore an unusual vintage copper gown designed by Bora and cost A$25,000, she advanced to the top ten.
Hawkins advanced to the top five after the swimsuit competition and went on to win the Miss Universe title.
Hawkins was the second Oceanian winner since Lorraine Downes of New Zealand in 1983, and the second Australian since Kerry Anne Wells in Dorado, Puerto Rico in 1972. (Coincidentally both women were crowned in Spanish speaking countries).
She lived in New York City in a riverside apartment provided by the Miss Universe Organization during her year-long reign as Miss Universe.
Hawkins stated at the time that she hoped to continue modeling and become a television presenter.
Hawkins made headlines shortly after being crowned Miss Universe in 2004 when she tripped on the hem of her dress, which fell to the floor during a fashion show at Westfield Miranda, an Australian shopping mall.
Hawkins was exposed in her red g-string in front of a stunned audience. Hawkins later apologized, laughingly adding, “I wish she had worn better underwear.”
The incident earned the dubious distinction of being named “the most embarrassing moment ever shown on Australian television” by the Nine Network in Australia.
The “wardrobe malfunction” was widely publicized in news outlets and, according to Google, resulted in a significant increase in internet searches for “Jennifer Hawkins.”
Hawkins presided over the Miss Universe 2008 finals in Vietnam.
During the 2004 Melbourne Cup Carnival, Hawkins signed a contract with the Seven Network.
Her first appearances on the network were as a guest presenter on The Great Outdoors, a travel show in which she took viewers on tours around the world.
When her reign as Miss Universe came to an end, she became a regular presenter on the show, earning her a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2006. Since 2009, no new episodes of the show have been produced.
Hawkins also hosted and was a judge on Australia’s Make Me a Supermodel, which premiered on the Seven Network in August 2008. The show only lasted one season.
Hawkins married her boyfriend of eight years, Jake Wall, in a small ceremony on the Indonesian island of Bali on June 4, 2013.
After Wall proposed in New Zealand, the couple was engaged for 18 months. Hawkins and Wall announced in May 2019 that they were expecting their first child together.
Hawkins discussed her fertility issues during her pregnancy while announcing that their daughter was due in October 2019.
Hawkins announced the birth of her daughter, Frankie Violet, on October 22, 2019. Hawkins is currently based in Sydney.
Hawkins announced the birth of their second child, a baby boy named Hendrix, on October 20, 2021.
Jennifer Hawkins Net Worth
Jennifer Hawkins and husband, Jake Wall, are ‘Australia’s most powerful couple’ with an estimated net worth of $60 million. Jennifer, personally, has amassed an estimated net worth of $20 million.