Jen marks decade at the top
Jennifer Hawkins. Picture: Lucas Dawson

As the 10th anniversary of her Miss Universe victory approaches, Jennifer Hawkins can't believe how much she has grown as a person since winning the international crown.

The Australian beauty, who now boasts a rumoured $5 million deal as the face of Myer alongside a host of other endorsements and projects, was just 20 when she was catapulted to the world stage in 2004.

Having recently celebrated her milestone 30th birthday, Hawkins told AAA it was "mind-blowing" to look back on how far she had come in the past decade.

"It's not that I have more confidence, I enjoy (modelling) just the same as I did when I was younger," she explained.

"But I think sometimes as you get older, anything you do, you are just more comfortable with the decisions you make because you have grown as a person.

"You learn to trust your own gut feeling more."

Despite having worked with Myer for the past seven years, Hawkins admitted she still felt a thrill before stepping out on the catwalk to headline the retailer's autumn/winter collection launch in Melbourne last night.

She donned a range of elegant gowns from some of the country's most prominent designers for the event and the TV personality said a dress by WA designer Aurelio Costarella was a real stand- out.

"His dress in the parade is one of my favourites," Hawkins said.

"I put it on and was just blown away.

"It's really sexy and embellished and the back is really detailed with leather.

"His designs are so sexy and really make a woman feel really feminine.

"They just accentuate your shape."

Hawkins' next major project after the launch is filming her second season as host of Australia's Next Top Model.

The blonde bombshell said her past experience with the Foxtel show meant she could not wait to get started on the latest series.

"I will probably take more chances with the show," she said.

"I enjoyed the process last time but now there is a different feeling."

The West Australian

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