Jan Carmody poses for The Northern Star at her home in Bangalow yesterday.
Jan Carmody poses for The Northern Star at her home in Bangalow yesterday.

Carved in bronze at Bondi Beach

By JANE GARDNER

NOT many women have had a bronze statue on Bondi Beach carved in their likeness, but such is life for a 67-year-old Bangalow model, Jan Carmody.

She has enjoyed 48 years of posing for cameras, meeting movie stars and jet-setting across the globe in the name of Australia.

The leggy blonde with the dazzling smile outshone some 300 bathing beauties to take out the coveted Miss Australian Surf 1959 title.

"It was a tourism promotion and my role was to represent the Australian beaches," she said.

"That was what really broke me into modelling and started my career."

Jan's duties took her on a whirlwind tour of the globe.

She started at Honolulu, then went on to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hollywood, London, Paris, Rome and Singapore.

During her travels she met various celebrities, including Charlton Heston, Sammy Davis Junior, Billy Eckstein, and Jack Davey, to name a few.

On her return to Aust- ralia Jan became a versatile model and even tried her hand at acting in the theatre.

Her face has appeared in various magazine advertisements across the nation.

"I suppose I had a face that could be different people and if you have that, you'll stay in the business longer."

At the end of 1959, Jan married Sydney socialite hairdresser Peter Hanlon.

She wore a diamond tiara on loan from Kerry Packer's family.

Jan has been married twice since, but now goes by her more recognisable maiden name.

In her spare time Jan is an avid painter and still does modelling assignments here and there -? but times have certainly changed.

"Who would've thought I'd start with swimsuit modelling and end up on the cover of a pre-arranged funeral plan booklet?" she laughed.



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