Kirsten Imrie

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Kirsten Imrie
Born Kirsten Fiona Imrie
(1967-10-26) 26 October 1967 (age 46)
Kensington, London, England
Other names Kirsten Stewart
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Kirsten Fiona Imrie (born 26 October 1967 at St Mary Abbots Hospital, Kensington, London) is a former Page 3 girl, glamour model, and television presenter.

Career[edit]

Born in west London, Imrie was raised in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland from the age of three.[1] After leaving school at the age of 16, she worked in various blue-collar jobs in the Edinburgh area.[2] Aged 18, she married a local man from Haddington, East Lothian but the marriage soon dissolved.[1]

Imrie then moved to London and began a glamour modelling career.[2] She started appearing as a Page 3 girl in The Sun in November 1988, shortly after her 21st birthday,[3] and continued to appear regularly on Page Three until August 1993.[3] She also posed nude for a wide range of men's magazines, including the US edition of Penthouse, which featured her as its cover girl and Penthouse Pet for December 1989 (modelling under the pseudonym Kirsten Stewart).[4] She continued to pose for glamour photographs through her late thirties, appearing in the April 2007 edition of Mayfair magazine at the age of 39.[5]

Imrie also worked as a television presenter. In 1995, she appeared on the newly launched adult television channel Television X.[6] In 1996, L!VE TV recruited Imrie as a television sports presenter. She replaced another former Page 3 girl, Gail McKenna, who had moved to the channel Five.[7]

Controversy and personal struggles[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, British tabloid newspapers regularly featured stories about Imrie's jet-setting lifestyle, her alleged alcohol and cocaine abuse,[8] her celebrity relationships, and even her alleged lesbian affairs with other glamour models.[1][9]

In the mid-1990s, Imrie began to struggle with debt. On 27 September 1994, when she appeared in a London court on charges of driving under the influence, her solicitor told the court that she was no longer receiving regular modelling work, was struggling under a "mountain of debt," was living on unemployment benefits, and was "almost on the breadline".[7]

In November 2000, tabloid newspapers ran stories reporting that Imrie was penniless and sleeping rough on Clapham Common, having sold her house to pay off debts.[8][10] The tabloids later claimed that readers' donations had enabled Imrie to rent a flat in South London, resume her modelling career, and turn her life around.[11][12]

In 2003, Imrie spoke about her homelessness and addiction problems in the UK television documentary The Curse of Page 3.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gold, Andrew (1994-09-25). "Hell for the Angel: Scots model in drugs and drink ordeal". Sunday Mail. 
  2. ^ a b Davidson, Gina (2002-10-29). "Addicted to the High Life at All Costs". Edinburgh Evening News. 
  3. ^ a b Page 3.com official statistics: http://www.page3.com/girl/kirsten_imrie/index.shtml
  4. ^ Penthouse magazine, Volume 21, Issue 4 (December 1989)
  5. ^ Mayfair, Vol. 44, No. 4 (April 2007)
  6. ^ "A Star is Porn: Family Fury as Kirsten is New TV Sex Queen". Sunday Mail. 1995-06-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Topless Angel's Going Bust: Drink-drive Shame of Dole Model". Daily Record. 1994-09-28. 
  8. ^ a b Bussey, Emma (2000-11-05). "Page 3 Kirsten is Tramp Sleeping on Park Bench". Sunday People. 
  9. ^ "Page 3 Helen let me tie her to the bed" James Weatherup, News of the World, 23 October 1994,
  10. ^ Jeffs, David (2000-11-05). "Fallen Model Kirsten Dosses on Park Benches". News of the World. 
  11. ^ Bussey, Emma (2001-06-03). "Sunday People Helps Page 3 Kirsten Get a New Life". Sunday People. 
  12. ^ Jeffs, David (2000-11-12). "We Turn Tramp Back Into a Lady". News of the World. 
  13. ^ "The Curse of Page 3 (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 

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