She can be pretty beige in a Barbie-esque, sunny kind of way. So S was shocked by Jennifer Hawkins's candour in her cover issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, divulging titbits of information that will blow you away.
Acting as an agony aunt for the magazine, which is on sale tomorrow, Cosmo is using an Aussie covergirl for the first time in yonks, thanks to readers on Facebook who pleaded for J-Hawk to appear. According to acting editor Claire Askew, Hawkins isboth "inspirational and aspirational" – apotent mix.
"We wanted to give readers a little bit of ownership over their magazine, which is quite exciting for us, by asking who they would like as a covergirl, and we have had such an immediate response, we were thrilled with the results," Askew tells S.
"We asked readers to ask Jen what they wanted to know, as if she was their best mate."
And boom! The no-holds barred results are incredible, with newly styled life guru J-Hawk owning up to sexting, peeing in front of fiance Jake Wall and revealing intimately the appropriate amount of time to wait before doing the deed.
"I'd say two dates is good," she fesses up when asked how long to wait. "For self-respect and for the relationship to move forward."
Hawkins also admits that sexting is definitely OK, quipping: "Jake and I do that, absolutely. I think it's nice for a relationship, whether it's a short-term one or a long-term one ... Like when you're travelling, it keeps things fresh. It's fun, it's really good. I'm all for the photos."
She also reveals she shares Jake's toothbrush, laughing: "You're ineach other's mouthanyway, soIknow it'sdisgusting, butyeah, sure, whynot?"
And that she goes to the toilet in front of her fiance: "Yeah! A little wee-wee is fine. But other than that, I'm not into that."
In the revealing interview, Hawkins also divulges her opinion on cheaters ("If it's a kiss, maybe see what the situation is, because life is life and things happen to everyone") and whether she would dump a guy via text.
She also discloses she's "all for PDAs", that it's never OK to go through his phone, and she would be open to doing a reality show. And with that, she's gone from beige to neon in a snap!
Alter egos all way to altar
Two brides-to-be. Two summer weddings. One name. Frock designer Rachel Gilbert and former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch have more in common than most.
There's the synergy with Gilbert's fiance – Tom Williams – who, like Finch, is a presenter on The Great Outdoors. And both Seven faces starred in Dancing with the Stars, where Finchmet her own groom, Ukrainian-born ballroom dancer MichaelMiziner.
Both Raches are also up for awards at Cosmo's Fun, Fearless Female Awards on September 26 in different categories (TV presenter and designer), both saying the "fearless" part of their nomination is highlighted in their professional attitude: Gilbert started her eponymous label at 24; Finch modelled around the globe solo as a 16-year-old.
But the pair couldn't be more different in their bride styles. While she's no bridezilla, Finch admits she's "an organisation freak" and, along with Miziner, has been exacting in planning the details – everything from invitations to bridesmaids' dresses to song choices to locations. "He's like having a girlfriend to organise the wedding with, he's really involved," Finch says.
Gilbert, who S can exclusively reveal is about to start her own bridal collection, has a much more relaxed approach. Admitting that while Williams is insisting on a few traditions ("achurch service with an organ"), the lion's share of the nuptials has been left to her. "I'm starting a bridal line and once that is up and running, then I'll be able to concentrate on the wedding. Gosh, there's so much to do," she laughs.
"I haven't even thought about some of those things."
Gilbert says she was inspired to start a bridal line after shopping in New York for her dress. But she's undecided if she'll wear it. "Somehow I feel like I should be wearing one of my own."
One thing they both have sealed is their honeymoons (topsecret) and that they will change their names privately but keep their present surnames for their public profiles.
Global fashion night where stars burn bright
She's gone from grid girl to high-fashion glamazon in one swoop, with the help of a diamond ring, a top-secret wedding to cricket god Michael Clarke and a new-found fashion confidence.
Speaking exclusively to S before Vogue Fashion's Night Out this Thursday, newlywed Kyly Boldy admitted she's a "typical woman" when it comes to shopping, but she has a new-found appreciation for the industry since she discovered Alex Perry and his kind.
"I've always loved handbags and dresses but I've definitely become more aware of designers and gained an appreciation for the fashion industry and what we have in Australia," she said as she tried on one of Perry's famed red gowns. "I've developed a real love for it [fashion] and it takes it to another level when you meet someone like Alex."
Boldy, who wed in a top-secret ceremony at Wolgan Valley in May, discovered the designer when she was looking for a bridal gown, and headed to his website. "When I looked at his website it had all the elements that I knew would work for me," she says of their bridal collaboration, which made front-page news. "Hemakes me feel so comfortable and made me feel such ease."
Perry says the shopping night, to be held across hundreds of retailers in the city with thousands of shoppers including celebrities at various stores, is the chance to get back to basics and step away from the keyboard. "I think it's really important about reiterating fashion and getting customers back to their fave designer and to be interactive and go back to the shopping experience and remember how great that was. To go into beautiful luxury-brand stores and not be intimidated and remember good service and trying on stuff and being part of it – that's what I'm trying to cultivate in my store."
True Kath and Kim outfox us all
Snore. I'm not sure if it's just me or whether the whole of Australia is a little bit "emperor's clothes" when it comes to much-loved icons Kath and Kim.
I've seen the flick Kath &Kimderella, and it's OK. Just an "o" and a "k" ... in lower case. The gorgeous Amalfi coastline sustained enough interest when my attention waned from the predictable script.
Perhaps it is because it has been a decade since these two Fountain Lakes foxymorons burst onto our screens. Or that their distressed hair follicles have screamed at us from every magazine and TV show in the past week. But Ireally couldn't care less about asking whether the cleverly crafted mother-daughter duo are enjoying their red-carpet moment.
So why would I sign on for an interview? The chance to get some real insight into the two fascinating actors behind the characters. Mothers. Working comedians. Cult sensations. That's where the story lies.
"We're nowhere near as exciting as them," Jane Turner says when I plead with her at the start of the interview for it not to be conducted entirely in character, with Gina Riley shaking her head emphatically that I couldn't possibly chat to the two comics as themselves. Flapping in my periphery is the film's publicist, reminding me of the strict warning issued that the pair would, under no circumstance, deviate from their on-screen personae for the interview.
That's right. Scheduled precisely at 11.49am (duration 14 minutes, with a one-minute turnaround, thank you very much) and "no personal questions unless relating to the subjects in the film, no photographs, no autographs", the guidelines were always going to make it an impossible task to get anything worth reporting.
But I write gossip, I protest cheekily. Surely I can have a snippet? Kath's dress? "Nutella Versace." Kim's reasoning for Epponnee-Rae's beauty-pageant quest? "I'm doing it for her confidence; same with petite pole dancing."
Listening to the instinctive Pavlovian-style reflex in which the jokes roll off this conditioned pair's tongues, without any thought, it would seem these two are just as bored as I am.
We're used to seeing her in Edwardian high-necked numbers in the theatre, but Marina Prior's latest album cover shows a different side. Prior, who came to fame as the ingenue and heroine in The Phantom of the Opera, admits people do tend to put her in a box, stemming from her uptight musical-theatre roles and her appearances in Carols by Candlelight. But she is ready to reveal her true self, releasing her first studio album in 18years on Friday. "I'm a sexy girl, Jo!" she says, laughing, when I say I was surprised by the raunchy cover of the album, which delivers cover versions of artists including Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. "It's acoustic-pop and it goes back to my busking roots from when I was at uni and played guitar and worked in pubs," she says. Prior in a pub? Sounds like AC/DC at the Opera House.
He's the baby of the bunch and the only one with a bubba himself. Justice Crew member Lenny John Pearce, 21, will be celebrating his second Father's Day today with his one-year-old son, Harley. "We'll just hang out, he was only little last year, so this year we can actually do stuff," a chuffed Pearce told S. Doing "stuff" includes hanging with his six "uncles" who form part of the all-male hip-hop dance troupe who have been in the studio recording a follow-up single to their number-one single Boom Boom. "We have dance practice and he walks around the room getting in the way; he's baby Justice!" Pearce says.
JackieO is known for her simple tastes. So this pic of her in a My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding-style taffeta horror was too good not to pass on. Flanked by equally tack-o-rama bridesmaids, she renewed her vows to hubby Lee Henderson in a bad spray tan at Curzon Hall on Friday morning for a radio prank, with Kyle Sandilands as best man in a white suit. Hopefully he didn't pack the suit for his best-man duties at Brian McFadden's wedding this weekend in Italy.
Ruby Rose, who was seated at a lunch with the Prime Minister last week, has just signed with Storm modelling agency in London to its special-bookings page. The tattooed DJ has a chequered history when it comes to management in Sydney but is now in good company, on the books with the agency that discovered Kate Moss. With a debut single out via Universal Music next month and plans to head to Britain in November for some gigs, Rose is hoping to revive her career.