Ann Van Elsen

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Ann Van Elsen at Knokke Heist library, Belgium in 2006

Ann Van Elsen (born 27 December 1979 in Mol) is a Belgian model as well as TV and radio personality from Mol, Antwerp in Belgium. She was crowned Miss Belgium in 2002.


After finishing her Marketing studies, Van Elsen obtained her master's degree in Business Economics in 2006. She spread her studies over several years to accommodate her professional career.

Beauty pageants and modelling[edit]

Van Elsen first appeared on the cover of a magazine when that magazine had chosen a photograph of a reader to appear on the cover. This inspired her to enter beauty pageants like Miss Antwerp, Miss Belgium and Miss Universe.

In 2002 Van Elsen won both the Miss Antwerp and Miss Belgium pageants. This enabled her entrance to the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

Van Elsen is one of the candidates who refused to participate in the Miss World competition held in Nigeria in 2002, to protest the conviction of Amina Lawal.

Van Elsen appeared in the January 2008 edition of Playboy. She accepted the deal on account that Playboy would donate part of the photo-shoot payment to Music For Life, a goodwill annual charity of radio station Studio Brussel.

Media career[edit]


On television, Van Elsen has presented several programs on Belgian channels TV1 and VT4, including Mediamadammen (since October 2002), Huizenjacht, Onder Hoogspanning, De Brandkast (2005), Supertalent in Vlaanderen (2007) and Summerdate. In June 2005 Van Elsen signed an exclusive television contract with VT4, where she performed the tasks of an in-vision continuity announcer (since 2003) and hosted several other TV shows as well.

In 2006, Van Elsen presented the first prize to the winner of the "Pinanti is Pinanti" penalty taking competition in the TV1 sports program Studio 1 op zondag, football player Désiré Mbonabucya. During the ceremony in the Koning Boudewijnstadion, she tried to show she had some footballing skills as well.

For two years Van Elsen regularly appeared on the TV1 music show Het Swingpaleis, on which she was the team captain.

In 2013 she presents the TV-show Singl3s on Vijf.


In January 2008 Van Elsen went to work for Radio Donna for the Sunday Match program. She presented between 20.00h and 23.00h. After the reestablishment of Donna as MNM (5 January 2009) she presented together with Dave Peters The Ann & Dave Show. In early 2012 she also presented the Monday early morning program MNM Request. Since 2010 she continues to (co)host various programs on MNM, including a summer period mid-morning to noon program.

Personal life[edit]

Ann Van Elsen was married to Belgian soccer player Gunter Van Handenhoven, who is the brother of singer Sandrine Van Handenhoven.[1]


  1. ^ "Het Swingpaleis - De meisjes - Ann Van Elsen". Swingpaleis website (in Dutch). één. 2006. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-19.

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Preceded by
Dina Tersago
Miss Antwerp
Succeeded by
Zoe Van Gastel
Preceded by
Dina Tersago
Miss Belgium
Succeeded by
Julie Taton