Just days after landing back in Australia following a month-long honeymoon, Jennifer Hawkins was back at work last night to launch the 2013 series of Australia’s Next Top Model at Doltone House Hyde Park. The new host was joined by returning judges Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson, as well as new recruit Didier Cohen, and when the foursome made their way to the stage to officially kick off proceedings, Charlotte joked, “So here I was, really happy a couple of days ago, thinking, ‘Jennifer Hawkins is going to come back from her honeymoon all jetlagged and fat!’ And she hasn’t! Look at her, she looks absolutely amazing.”
Jennifer, in a sculptural Toni Maticevski dress — the same Australian designer who created her wedding dress — certainly had a gorgeous golden glow after spending days in the Maldives with husband Jake Wall. As Charlotte continued to praise Jennifer’s hosting skills — “Jen has just fitted in so beautifully. This is what we want our models to aspire to be” — Jennifer revealed how she’s gotten to know Charlotte’s playful nature, telling the crowd, “On the red carpet she was trying to unzip the back of my dress. She’s so cheeky!”
Didier also gushed about his experience of joining the show and Alex highlighted the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of their destination show. A promo for the new series was shown on screens around the room before the top 15 models were revealed from behind a curtain in a makeshift photo shoot setting. Later in the night the models and judges mingled with the crowd, and Jennifer danced to songs like “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky.” Australia's Next Top Model returns on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox8.
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