Winner of the Miss Universe 2004 beauty pageant, Jennifer Hawkins, was born on December 22, 1983, in Newcastle, Australia. She won the contest held in Quito, Ecuador on June 1, 2004. Following her success, she has traveled to several countries such as The Bahamas, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, India, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and her home country Australia representing the Miss Universe Organization. Before opting for modeling as a career, she worked as a cheerleader for the Newcastle Knights Rugby League team, and the Newcastle Falcons basketball teams. She realized her dream to be a TV show presenter when she signed a contract with the Seven Network at the 2004 Melbourne Cup Carnival. She appeared as a guest on the global travel show, The Great Outdoors. After her tenure ended as the Miss Universe, 2004, she took up the job on a regular basis. Her job earned her a nomination for the Most Popular New Female Talent in the 2006 Logie Awards. She also participated in the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2006 before failing to gather enough votes from the audience to win, ranking sixth in the process. She has also appeared in cameo roles for several episodes of 'The Apprentice', hosted by Donald Trump. She is the first Australian to win the Miss Universe title since Kerry Ann Wells won the contest in 1972. Additionally, she is the first blonde, since 1989, after Angela Visser of the Netherlands won, to win the Miss Universe title. She is a part of the group of judges chosen for evaluating the contestants for the 2006 Miss Universe to be hosted in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 2006.