On Monday morning, Australia woke to the news Annalise Braakensiek had been found dead in her home on Sunday afternoon.
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 46-year-old’s death.
The former model turned entrepreneur died alone in the Potts Point apartment she had purchased in November last year.
Braakensiek, who had Czech and Norwegian ancestry, quickly rose to fame in the 1990s after a photographer scouted her at Sydney’s Bondi Beach when she was just 16 years old.
She soon began modelling and in 1994 she was named Inside Sport’s Model of the Year, and appeared on the cover of the magazine six times.
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The model went on to grace the covers of a bunch of international magazines including the Italian edition of Maxim, and the US edition of Cosmopolitan.
She appeared on the sexiest women in the world list almost 20 times and was considered to be the ultimate 90s It Girl.
The model then turned to acting and appeared in Heartbreak High, Home and Away, and the ABC comedy series Fat Pizza.
In 2008, Braakensiek stepped away from the camera and launched a vegetarian food catering service called Love Lunch. The next year, in 2009, she launched a range of eco-friendly underwear for curvy women.
The line, simple called Annalise, proved to be a success and in 2011 she expanded into Big W and launched a sleepwear range. That same year, the model turned entrepreneur launched her own jewellery line.
Over the past few years, Braakensiek has turned her attention to social media, amassing over 40,000 Instagram followers.
In 2002, Braakensiek married her stockbroker boyfriend, Danny Goldberg. The couple made the decision not to have children together.
“No, we are not going to have babies,” she told the Daily Telegraph in 2015. “We like our life the way that it is but I have seven godchildren, whom I love very much.
“I have always been more interested in helping to save children in the world. I’m the same way with animals – I never buy a new one.”
In April of 2018, the couple announced they had separated but planned to remain good friends.
“Our marriage ended its course after 16 years together. We still have a lot of love for each other and will remain good friends,” the former model told the Sydney Morning Herald at the time.