A former Newcastle cheerleader who turns 35 in December and became a global celebrity when she was crowned Miss Universe by Donald Trump in 2004, Hawkins is contractually obliged to walk in the Sydney spring-summer launch on August 23.
However, while Hawkins is understood to be happy to walk, there is no denying tensions will be high backstage that night as the model, who was being paid $1.3 million a year throughout her deal with Myer, prepares to share the catwalk with 25-year-old Elyse Knowles, who is understood to have signed with the store for $150,000, reportedly ruffling Hawkins’ feathers.
The tipping point came last weekend when insiders say Myer strategically “planted” stories in the Murdoch press introducing its new spokes-models, former contestant on The Block Knowles and AFL footballer Josh Gibson, 34.
The publicity is said to have “infuriated” Hawkins’ team, with tensions running high that her yet-to-be-announced departure would not be “managed” to her advantage.
Hawkins, who also develops multimillion-dollar luxury homes with her builder husband Jake Wall, has several deals with other big-paying clients, including Coca-Cola and Colgate.
She is also a major shareholder in Myer – and has been for years.
Hawkins’ long-term manager, Anderson, who negotiated the deal with Myer in the retailer’s glory days, declined to comment when PS called.
A day after the controversial Myer piece ran, another story appeared in which Hawkins was quoted welcoming, somewhat prosaically, her new Myer “colleagues”, which PS was told was an attempt by Myer executives to quell the situation.
However, PS was told of heated discussions within Myer’s executive ranks as claims of a “face-off” between Hawkins and Knowles gathered momentum.
The mood within the department store’s management ranks – whose entire public relations and marketing team were recently stripped to the “bare bones” – over the Hawkins “situation” is fraught at best.
“It’s been really badly handled, but the new management does not seem to care. It’s like how Myer pulled out of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival: suddenly there was no more marquee after doing it for years,” the insider told PS.
“No one’s seen John King or any of the senior management at the Katy Perry concerts, even though it was a huge sponsorship deal for Myer. There has been a very abrupt change of direction.”
New face for Tozzi clan
She comes from a long line of Sydney’s most beautiful women, and Cheyenne Tozzi is about to extend the legacy, giving birth to a daughter in the coming weeks.
Tozzi is the granddaughter of Dutch-born trapeze artist Gertrude Van Hoorn, who still cuts a striking pose at the age of 90.
She is also the daughter of Yvonne Tozzi, one of five gorgeous sisters who were raised in Parkes; she went on to become one of Sydney’s top models in the 1970s and ’80s.
Cheyenne’s sister is the equally beautiful former model, actor and producer Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus.
Cheyenne has returned to her beloved Cronulla with Brazilian model and surfer boyfriend of one year Marlon Teixeira to welcome their little girl into the world.
Tozzi, who spends her time between Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney, managed to squeeze in a last-minute photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar Australia, during which she revealed she was having a girl.
“I had a better list of boys’ names going on, but I suppose this was inevitable,” she says with a laugh, adding that her sister also has a daughter, toddler Echo.
“Of course I’m freaked out about parenting, but Tahyna has a little daughter who I know will be close to mine, and my family always has lots of love and humour and support. We’re strong women. I’ve got role models.”
Indeed, strength is something Tozzi, 29, has had to draw on throughout the pregnancy, which she described as “scary”.
“I have rhesus negative blood type … The body might treat the pregnancy as a virus and cause some real problems,” she said, although a series of injections of anti-D immuno-globulin and close monitoring has kept things under control.
“I’ve been terrified. I didn’t want anything out there until I knew the baby was going to be healthy.”
Driving forces behind Gardner
Champion Australian motorcyclist Wayne Gardner’s life is about to be immortalised on the big screen in a new documentary titled Wayne.
Director Jeremy Sims told the Herald this week that his film was: “Not just the Wayne Gardner story, it’s the Wayne and Donna story” – referring to Gardner’s first wife, Donna, who was a huge influence on her husband’s riding career.
Missing from the film is Gardner’s second wife, Toni Atkinson, who has had something of an adventure of her own since splitting from Gardner in 2012.
Aktinson, who has two sons with Gardner, Luca, 18, and professional motorcycle racer Remy, 20, revealed all to Harper’s Bazaar, recalling how she tired of the trappings of fame and devoting her life to her husband’s career, and how she rediscovered herself at 50 in the arms of a handsome Greek man she met on Tinder who taught her the joys of nude swimming, riding horses along the beach and Greek dancing.
“The day I met Wayne, he asked me a question that possibly helped shape who I would become over the next two decades. ‘If you could choose one thing, money or love, what would it be?’ At the time it seemed innocuous, but I later realised he was trying to establish whether I was interested in him only for his fame. I chose love. And I never forgot that question,” she writes.
Having given up her own career and devoting herself entirely to Gardner, Atkinson says: “All of a sudden I had handed the direction of my life over to someone else.”
Gardner moved the family to Spain to pursue his sons’ racing careers, resulting in 12 “crippling” months for Atkinson, who was working as her son’s PR, sponsorship and logistics manager.
Her marriage to Gardner imploded in 2012, heralding a “dark” chapter in her life.
That was until Fanis turned up on her Tinder profile during a holiday to Mykonos.
“We immediately had an undeniable connection, and over the course of 18 months we got to know each other from a distance, video chatting for hours and travelling between Spain and Greece to see each other.
“Fanis has helped bring me back to earth, which is exactly where I need to be.”
Murdoch power meets its match
Media mega mogul Rupert Murdoch may have absolute power within his own dominion, but it wasn’t enough to lift the fog at Canberra Airport on Friday morning.
Murdoch was due to touch down about 6am on Friday, but his plane, having already flown 14 hours from California and running low on fuel, had to be diverted to Sydney after Canberra Airport was closed because of thick fog.
Murdoch had arrived in Sydney with his youngest daughter, Chloe, when PS’s snapper captured him stretching his legs at the airport as his jet was refuelled. The spritely octogenerian also picked up some quality reading, eagerly clutching copies of Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review, but not the Telegraph or The Australian, before jumping back on board, bound for Canberra.
But alas, the fog was still hanging around and Murdoch’s snazzy $88 million G650ER Gulfstream was forced to circle a huge chunk of southern NSW in a holding pattern an extraordinary 17 times. Clearly Murdoch was over it, and the jet soon returned to Sydney.
Back on the tarmac in Sydney, Murdoch was last seen getting off the jet and into a big, black 4WD, presumably bound for his expansive – but drought-declared – country estate Cavan, near Yass.
Murdoch, 87, looking fully recovered from the debilitating back injury he suffered after falling on his son Lachlan’s superyacht eight months ago, will stay at Cavan for several days, no doubt getting over his jetlag and enjoying today’s PS!
He is due in Sydney next week, along with son and heir apparent Lachlan, to attend their annual staff awards.
Then on Monday week, PS can reveal Murdoch is bound for Melbourne and a high-level lunch date with some of the country’s leading business identities.
Blanchett makes good company
Cate Blanchett’s trophy room is already bursting at the seams, with two Oscars and a shelf full of Golden Globes, BAFTA, AACTA and Helpmann awards, but she has found a little room for one more: her Companion of the Order of Australia, which she finally received at Admiralty House on Wednesday afternoon.
Blanchett is in Sydney, staying at her recently acquired apartment in the historic Astor building, with husband Andrew and their three children, on an extended holiday between gigs, including her hotly awaited turn as Lucille Ball.
She was presented with the order for her “eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations”, as well as for being “a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes”. Well deserved.