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|Born||Jodie Kayla Meares
24 March 1972
Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Jodie Meares, Jodie Packer, Jodhi Packer|
|Spouse(s)||James Packer (m. 1999; div. 2002)|
Jodhi Meares was born to pubowner John Meares and his wife Denise on 24 March 1971 in Merimbula. The couple split up when Jodie was two years old. After, the family moved to Sydney, where she developed an interest in glamour modelling at the age of 14. Once in Sydney, Jodie attended Brigidine College Randwick, Cremorne Girls High School and Hunters Hill high school, for her high school years.
Meares took her first steps into the spotlight when she was chosen as a Moove milk model, aged 16. In 1992, she sang in the band Euphoria, for which she wrote the song "Karma". Meares later made her name as a glamour model, before establishing her own swimwear label Tigerlily Swimwear.
She was the host for FOX8's Australia's Next Top Model in 2007 and 2008, taking over from Erika Heynatz, and joining the likes of international hosts Lisa Snowdon (UK) and creator Tyra Banks (US). In both of those seasons, the models have appeared in advertisements for Meares's former swimsuit line, Tigerlilly. Meares's tenure was not widely regarded; critics and fans of the show were shocked that a glamour model was to host a search for High Fashion models.
On 23 October 1999, she married Kerry Packer's son James Packer, the heir to the Packer media fortune. The wedding cost more than A$10 million. Pop singer Elton John sang and 750 guests enjoyed a party at the Bellevue Hill compound of James's father, Kerry Packer. His wife, Ros, called it "the wedding of the decade."
In April 2002, Meares (then Jodie Packer) changed the spelling of her name to "Jodhi". In June 2002, Jodhi and Packer announced their separation, and later divorced.
In 2008, Meares decided not to attend the live finale of Australia's Next Top Model. Meares reportedly "freaked out at the last minute" and failed to turn up for her hosting duties on the night. However, she pulled out with enough time for Channel Nine's A Current Affair and Channel Seven's Today Tonight to prepare a story about her non-attendance, as well as for Charlotte Dawson to be fully prepared and rehearsed to host the evening. In the following season of Australia's Next Top Model, Sarah Murdoch replaced Meares as host.
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- "Stressed Jodhi Meares takes comfort in Scientology". news.com.au. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.[dead link]
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