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Jodie Meares Biography


Born to John Meares and his wife Denise, the couple split when Jodhi was two years of age. She then moved from Merimbula, where her father ran a pub, to Sydney, where she began modelling at just 14.

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". Jodhi later made her name as a swimsuit model before establishing her own swimwear label, Tigerlily Swimwear.

In October 1999, she married Kerry Packer's son James Packer. The heir to the Packer media fortune and the former swimsuit model were married in the spring, in a storybook wedding that cost more than A$10 million. 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, Jodie became Jodhi, said to be due to her commitment to numerology, although it did nothing for her luck. In June 2002, Jodhi and Packer announced their much-anticipated separation, and later divorced.

In addition to her work as designer and owner of Tigerlily (named from the character in Peter Pan), and recently opening the Tigerlily flagship store in Paddington, Sydney, Jodhi Meares is an occasional reporter for the Nine Network's travel show Getaway.

She was recently awarded the hosting job for FOX8's Australia's Next Top Model which was created as an Australian version of America's Next Top Model, the most popular reality show on the network.

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