After being surprisingly quiet during the lead up to the US Election on her views about Donald Trump, Jennifer Hawkins has finally broken her silence, saying she isn’t “at all” surprised by Mr Trump’s success.The 32-year-old model, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2004, has said she “never doubted” Mr Trump would win the presidency.
When asked about the election result and her feelings towards it, she told The Daily Mail, “I wasn’t surprised at all.”
She also said that she would get in touch with the President-elect to congratulate him on his win soon, saying that she had not yet had a chance to do so.“Not as yet, but I'm sure I'll get the chance. It's been a big week,” Ms Hawkins said.
She was speaking from an event in Sydney last night.
It is one of the first times, Hawkins has made her political views known. In the past she has praised Mr Trump but refused to comment on whether she supported him politically.
The friendship between the two goes back far.
In 2011 Mr Trump told 60 Minutes that "Jennifer is the most beautiful Miss Universe that I've seen in many, many years."
"She was not only beautiful outside but she was also equally beautiful inside. So I don't say that about many. Believe me, we've had our problems with some of them and she was really great."
Earlier this year, Hawkins was asked about Trump on Today Extra. She praised him as a "brilliant businessman" and described him as "charming," telling the hosts "he has presence."
But refusing to answer a question as to whether she supported him politically.
She then commented again during the Spring Carnival telling News Limited that Mr Trump always respected her.
“Donald and his family I have to say, have always been respectful to me,” the former Miss Universe said.
“So as much as everyone wants me to bag him, it's not in my nature. I don't like drama, I don't like to get into politics publicly, so that's why I've kind of, not avoided it, just haven't openly been out there.”
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Her comments came after a lewd video surfaced of Donald Trump humiliating Ms Hawkins.
In the video he tells an audience he had planned on exacting revenge because Hawkins had refused to introduce him at the National Achievers Congress in Sydney in 2011.
“I believe, get even with people, if they screw you, screw them back, 10 times harder. And I'll give you an example, Jennifer Hawkins,” he said.
He then called out for the supermodel to join him on stage and she apologised.
“There was a miscommunication, of course I wanted to come here ... I'm sorry,” she said after joining Mr Trump on stage.
Mr Trump then tells guests:
“She came tonight, she came, came, she came, she came,” he said, as the crowd laughs.
“See, so they have the same filthy minds in Australia.”
Trump then attempts to kiss Hawkins but she fends him off and asks to return to her seat.
Hawkins refused to condemn the video after it surfaced her manager Sean Anderson telling Confidential,“Jennifer is not interested and will not be commenting on Donald Trump. She is not interested in getting involved in the politics.”
Perhaps now with her former mentor and boss in the White House she will be more open to expressing her views.
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