Lorraine Downes

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Lorraine Downes
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Lorraine Elizabeth Downes
(1964-06-12) 12 June 1964 (age 50)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 56.1 kg (124 lb)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Hazel
Title(s) Miss New Zealand 1983
Miss Universe 1983
Major
competition(s)
Miss New Zealand 1983
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1983
(Winner)

Lorraine Elizabeth Downes (born 12 June 1964) is a New Zealand former beauty queen who held the Miss Universe title in 1983 and won the New Zealand version of the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2006.

Miss Universe[edit]

Downes won the Miss New Zealand title and went on to represent her country at the 1983 Miss Universe pageant broadcast live from St. Louis, Missouri in July 1983. After the preliminary competition, Downes made the top twelve cut in sixth place, but placed second in the final evening gown competition, third in the interview competition, and fourth in swimsuit. She made the final five in third place behind Julie Hayek of the USA and Lolita Morena of Switzerland, and was eventually crowned Miss Universe. She wore a midnight blue gown and long gloves during the competition. Downes' win was New Zealand's first in the pageant's history, although Diana Delyse Nottle had placed second runner-up to Shawn Weatherly in 1980 and Donella Thomsen was a semi-finalist in 1981. No other delegate from New Zealand would make the cut until 1992.

Life after Miss Universe[edit]

In 1986 Lorraine Downes married Murray Mexted, a New Zealand rugby All Black, with whom she had two children (son Hilton and daughter Jasmine), before divorcing in 2001. She also has a successful business in New Zealand. She is now married to former New Zealand international cricketer Martin Crowe.[1][2]

After years of relative anonymity, Downes competed in and won the New Zealand version of Dancing with the Stars in 2006 with dance partner Aaron Gilmore.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (2006-12-27). "Catching up with: Lorraine Downes, dancing queen". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Wedding bells for Crowe and Downes". 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. "WEDDING BELLS will be ringing very soon for Martin Crowe and former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes." 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Norm Hewitt & Carol-Ann Hickmore
Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) winner
Season 2 (2006 with Aaron Gilmore)
Succeeded by
Suzanne Paul & Stefano Olivieri