TIMES are tough when a former Miss Universe doesn't have a job on television. But don't expect Jennifer Hawkins to be standing in the dole queue any time soon.
Five years after reaching the very top of the beauty pageant business -- and it is a business -- she is still the most bankable star in the country, with estimated earnings of around $7 million a year in endorsements and appearances.
She turned her title into the most remarkable career, in which she is not only wealthy but liked and respected by both sexes. Not even accidentally flashing her G-string-clad bottom to the world during a shopping centre parade could hurt her. In fact, it made her all the more human.
She's not just the glossy goddess gracing the pages of our Myer catalogue. She's flesh and blood, just like us.
Models are a dime a dozen on television; beauty queens are something quite different.