Dawson in July 2012
|Born||8 April 1966
|Occupation||Television personality and former model|
Charlotte Dawson, born 8 April 1966, is a New Zealand born Australian television personality. She is known in New Zealand for her roles as host of Getaway, How's Life? and Charlotte's Lists, in Australia as a judge on Australia's Next Top Model and as a host of The Contender Australia.
In 1997, she became beauty and fashion director for Woman’s Day and soon after became style editor for New Idea magazine. In 2000, she was the face of the Peter Morrissey fashion label, presenting her own fashion segment weekly on GMA for Network Ten, and featuring in the fashion section of Sydney’s’ Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She was the fashion correspondent for Channel Ten's entertainment programme E! News and also a regular panellist on the network's hit daytime show, Beauty and the Beast and guest on Burke's Backyard and Channel Nine's Simply The Best.
While working for Australian agencies Cameron's and Priscilla's as an agent, she decided to try her hand at TV. She became a researcher at Nine Network and worked on programs such as Money and Looking Good. Shortly after she became fashion editor for the network's Today program, filing weekly reports on local and international fashion news and events within the industry. Magazines such as Vogue, Elle, She, Dolly, Cleo and Mode tracked Charlotte's progress, featuring her in fashion spreads.
With many appearances as a 'celebrity model' at fashion shows, regular appearances on The Footy Show, a spot guest fashion commentator for Nine's Wide World of Sport and several hosting and MC jobs at media events.
In 2012, she appeared as one of the 'celebrity' contestants, raising money for her chosen charity on the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. August 2012 saw a new period of media unrest for Charlotte, following a tell-all interview with New Zealand's Herald on Sunday about her thoughts on her former home. "New Zealand is small, nasty and vindictive. It's a tiny, little village ... a tiny country at the end of the earth," she told the Herald on Sunday.
Trolling Controversy 
In 2012 Dawson was admitted into St Vincents Hospital, Sydney after attempting to commit suicide due to a much publicized battle with Twitter trolls. Dawson was rushed to hospital after being found in a fragile state by one of the former Australia's Next Top Model finalists. Dawson was made the target of an organised online campaign of harassment in part due to her involvement with an anti-cyber-bullying initiative Community Brave.
Some in the media suggest that Dawson's campaign could be considered a double-standard due to her aggressive television persona and her history of bullying contestants on Australia's Next Top Model. Peter Ford from Melbourne's 3AW suggests that "the problem of Charlotte taking on this cause is her act's about abusing people and putting them down so it becomes a bit murky as to why she's become a champion of this particular cause".
A representative for Community Brave, managed to track down one of Dawson's Twitter trolls, to an employee of Melbourne's Monash University Tanya Heti. Community Brave reported the incident to Heti's employer and she was stood down without pay.
Dawson then appeared on Channel Seven's Seven News in order to expose the alleged social media trolls. Dawson insists that she was not involved with conducting the research for the story, and that she was only acting as person confronting the alleged trolls on camera.
An intense promotional campaign and launch of Dawson's biography began two weeks after her appearance on Channel Seven. Dawson was heavily criticised in the media after broadcasting disparaging remarks on AFL footballer's partners as a part of her role as a fashion expert for television coverage of the AFL's Brownlow Medal.
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