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Photographer John Clutterbuck


As a daughter of the number one recording artist and award winning Australian entertainer Jimmy Hannan, I have always been involved in the arts, media and entertainment world.

In my teens I modelled in Australia, Japan and all over Europe. In 1981 I became Miss Australia in the Miss World competition and was also awarded the titles of Miss Photogenic and Queen of Oceania.

Subsequently I was a hostess on a variety of primetime Australian TV shows including Barry Crocker’s ‘It Could Be You’ and Daryl SomersHey Hey It’s Saturday’.

Over the years I appeared in several successful commercial campaigns including Hyundai, Colgate and Oil of Olay.

In the mid-nineties I wrote the music for and sang in a band called E.I.M. – who were the support act for Jose Feliciano on his tour in Sydney and Melbourne. Festival Records published my song, ‘Behind These Walls’.

More recently I have been concentrated on writing children’s stories and now I am re-entering the world of modelling. 


Brand examples include: Colgate, Hyundai, Toyota, Oil of Olay and Impulse Deodorant.

Editorial examples include: Italian Vogue Magazine, Woman's Day Magazine, New Idea Magazine, TV Week Magazine, Dolly Magazine and Daily Star Newspaper.

Television examples include: It Could Be You, Beauty & The Beast, Police Rescue, Mike Walsh Show, Out Of This World and Hey Hey It's Saturday.