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Aussie Miss Universe

Did you expect her to be ugly? Nice American Beauty pose.

If you are 20, a model, surfer, and choreographer, you too can be Miss Universe (unless you are a man, or don’t look like Jennifer Hawkins):

    Miss Australia Jennifer Hawkins, a 20-year-old choreographer and avid surfer, won the Miss Universe 2004 title in Ecuador on Tuesday over a field of beauty queens who strut across a dazzling set in swimsuits and shimmering gowns.

    Hawkins, a model whose wavy blond hair and slim-fitted gold gown glittered during the award ceremony, aspires to work her way from the catwalks to eventually win a job in television.

    “This is very new to me and I’m very excited,” the blue-eyed winner told reporters after she had received the sparkling diamond-encrusted crown as the new queen.

    It is the second time an Australian has won the pageant since it began in 1952. The other Australian victory belonged to Kerry Anne Wells in 1972.

    Shandi Finnessey of the United States, a 25-year-old graduate school student who has published a children’s book, took second place, while Miss Puerto Rico Alba Reyes, 22, an aspiring doctor, came in third. [and was Miss Photogenic]

    Hawkins beat a field of 80 candidates who in the ceremony on the outskirts of Ecuador’s capital city paraded in tiny tropical-print bikinis across a set that included an artificial rainshower and an illuminated swimming pool. [Reuters]

And what is a beauty pageant without controversy?

    In the days prior to the contest, Miss Bolivia Gabriela Oviedo caused a furor after she called herself a tall white woman and not one of the short Indian peasants for which she said her nation is widely known.

    Several Bolivians called for her resignation over the remarks, for which Oviedo later apologized.

She probably needn’t have mentioned that she is not a short indian peasant, unless she was on the radio.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014.Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted.Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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