Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez appears like a billion bucks in these newly-unearthed bikini pageant images from her late teenagers.
The previous information anchor, now 49, competed within the Miss Hawaiian Tropic magnificence contest within the late 80s in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a former organizer of the swimsuit competitors advised South West Information Service.
“The photos were taken in either 1988 or 1989,” mentioned the organizer, who didn’t want to be named.
The supply mentioned that Sanchez, whose romance with the world’s richest man was revealed earlier this yr, was about 18 or 19-years-old on the time.
“She won the local competition, which is why she’s standing in the middle in that photo. I remember her to be really nice. Very polite,” the supply mentioned.
“It was a very basic beauty contest. They all wore the swimsuits from a particular company and just walked the stage,” the organizer mentioned. “They didn’t have to sing or answer questions at all, there was no talent element to the contest at all. There was a panel of about four or five judges … The judges’ decisions could have been swayed by how big the cheers were for each girl, but the audience themselves didn’t vote on the contestants.”
The supply mentioned Sanchez strutted the stage at a venue referred to as Membership Rio, earlier than an viewers of about 200-400 folks.
“It began out with about 30 women and over the course of the month, then it was whittled down to 10 women, then they’d take it down to 5 after which the winner.
“The contest was every week for approximately one month,” the supply mentioned.
Sanchez dumped her Hollywood super-agent husband Patrick Whitesell for Bezos — and Bezos cut up from his spouse of 25 years, MacKenzie — early this yr, after their affair was revealed in a Web page Six unique.
Since then, the Amazon honcho and Sanchez have change into a fixture on the gossip pages, purchasing collectively in Key West, taking in a Broadway present and residing it up on David Geffen’s yacht.
In accordance with Forbes Whitesell’s private wealth quantities to about $440 million whereas Bezos is price an estimated $137 billion.