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Sarah Murdoch (O'Hare)

By Ines Mendoza

What is the difference between good looks and beauty? Many would say that they're simply the same thing, for no other reason than that they just happen to be holding a dictionary in their hand at the time of questioning. 

It's an age old saying "Beauty is only skin-deep", and for many - they believe this to reign true. However, for the lucky few who have been fortunate enough to meet the following lady, they will testify that there is a lot more to beauty than simply blonde hair and blue eyes. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Australia's own Sarah Murdoch (previously known as Sarah O'Hare)...

Born in England on May 31, 1972, the gorgeously cute Sarah O'Hare was raised on the northern beaches of Collaroy, near Sydney in Australia. And I must say that it's an exclusive list, with yet another star that Australians are proud to call their own (along with Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe et al) despite the fact they were born in another country. But the fact of the matter is, they all have Australian sensibilities, which makes them undeniably easygoing (save for the fact that celebrity sometimes rots away their common sense).

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Sarah Murdoch (O'Hare)

Despite her stunning and enviously cute features we know and love, while growing up, Sarah dreamed of making it as a ballerina. All seemed to be going according to plan, when at the awkward age of 15 she sprouted upwards like a magical beanstalk. Her towering height stood out above the rest of her dancing companions and Sarah was instantly labeled an outcast in the world of ballet. And just like that, the growing dancer's dream had been crushed...

However, according to the Karmic Circle, which works in mysterious ways, Sarah's slender frame and gorgeous face soon got her noticed in a different sphere of entertainment: modeling.

After breaking into the modeling circuit at the age of 17, she found fame by strutting her stuff on catwalks for numerous acclaimed designers in the heart of European fashion: Paris, France. It wasn't long before the stylish blonde model found her face appearing virtually everywhere, from billboards and television to magazines and newspapers. As an O'Hare she succeeded Eva Herzigova as the "Wonderbra Woman," posing in international ads for the mod brassiere (and the same high-profile job was later taken by Magdalena Wrobel).

Her true sexiness was on display to the world in 1999 when she graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and that same year she married Lachlan Murdoch, the son of one of Australia's richest men and sometimes political tyrant, media mogul Rupert Murdoch. By doing so, she is now part of one of the wealthiest families in the world.

In 2000, Sarah became the newest member, model and spokesperson for the Revlon cosmetics team at a stage in her life when many top models begin to drift away, sinking deeper into a world of drugs, Russian mafia and cut-price cosmetic surgery.

This acclaimed recognition boosted her into the early beginnings of a film career too. It's not uncommon for models to make forays into the film world - and they aren't always successful (we all remember Elle McPherson's 'performance' in Batman & Robin). But, unlike McPherson, Murdoch's cute and innocent persona led to her starring in the big-screen bust Head Over Heels in 2001 along with fellow model Shalom Harlow.

Apart from a tiny role on the television sitcom Friends, her dream of leaving modeling for Hollywood has yet to take flight but that didn't stop her kicking butt on Australian TV with a string of fashion shows (some flops, some hits) to her name/s.

As I mentioned earlier, beauty isn't simply skin deep with one of Australia's most-loved celebrities; she radiates beauty from within as well. Sarah's been appointed as a patron for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and is one of the more recognisable faces of the Foundation, for which she does amazing work in raising awareness.

Together with ex-tennis player Pat Rafter, Sarah signed on as an ambassador of the Bonds clothing company in Australia as the two promoted clothing that included the famous chesty bond white singlet. However, her greatest personal achievement came on November 9, 2004, when Sarah gave birth to her son Kalan Alexander Murdoch, in Sydney.

An amazing woman, with an amazingly sunny persona, a beautiful body, and one of the most beautiful hearts I have ever had the pleasure to come across. But how do we summarise Sarah in one simple sentence?

I think the best way would be to let her do it for herself: "I am who I am and I don't expect people to treat me differently."

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