Former beauty queen Jennifer Hawkins shares her style evolution.
Sydney-based model, television presenter and spokesperson Jennifer Hawkins describes her shopping habits as being like those of men.
“I’m not a huge fan of browsing,” explains the former Miss Universe. The glamorous 28-year-old counts some of her elaborate Miss Universe outfits as the best things she has ever worn, although her own personal style is somewhat more subdued, preferring young Australian designers like Ellery and Toni Maticevski. As well as modelling and presenting, Hawkins is spokeswoman for many brands, including the Australian department store Myer. She also recently signed a new deal to continue as the face of lingerie line Lovable. Hawkins has been with the brand since 2006 and will continue as their brand ambassador as well as appearing in brand campaigns.
She tells Viva about her style evolution, shopping habits and latest discoveries.
My style changes all the time. As I’ve grown into a woman, my style has too. Life experience and international trends also influence me.
My style has definitely evolved. Some moments I liked, some I hated. I laugh at some of the looks I tried.
My shopping habits are like many males. I’m not a huge fan of “browsing” as such. I do like the personal shopping experience at Myer Melbourne. Private room, champagne with my friends – that’s nice.
The last thing I bought was a large metallic silver skull in Bali.
My earliest fashion memory is, as a child, my mum and sister dressing me up all the time, so I started to like fashion from an early age. Doesn’t mean I got it right all the time, but I was certainly keen. I do remember a certain pair of sunglasses I wore all the time.
The best thing I have ever worn was as Miss Universe. I’d wear the most elaborate outfits from around the world. Some were very full-on but I look back now and think, “wow, that was pretty incredible”.
The most treasured item in my wardrobe is my crown of diamonds and pearls. I love it. It’s in a safe. My engagement ring is also very special.
Some of my favourite designers include Ellery, for edgy pieces. Lovable for sexy, cheeky, wearable lingerie. Yeojin Bae – classic yet sexy dresses. Manning Cartell, everyday pieces with an edge. Alexander McQueen – I’m a fan from way back. JLH for Siren heels. I design them – they are definitely sexy and very comfortable. And Toni Maticevski for amazing tailoring and just gorgeous designs.
I love the style of Gwyneth Paltrow. She just gets it right.
I look my best when I’m healthy and I have seen my friends and family, so I’m eternally happy.
Latest discovery in fashion, beauty, or food? I’ve been drinking 2.5 litres of water lately and my skin is glowing. Barre Pilates and iyengar yoga are my new fads. And I can’t go past Japanese food.
My approach to beauty is less is more but more is more when it comes to hydration and sleep.
In my makeup bag: I love Becca products right now. Bobbi Brown and Redwin moisturiser. Nars does an amazing pop colour lipstick.
By Zoe Walker
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