The Diary: Model still on search for right choices

Kylie Bax admits to insecurities and lack of confidence but says there are also many things she's thankful for

Kylie Bax now lives in Sydney with family. She's selling her homes in New York and Athens. Photo / Dean Purcell
Kylie Bax now lives in Sydney with family. She's selling her homes in New York and Athens. Photo / Dean Purcell

She has the looks and the money - but Kiwi model Kylie Bax says she doesn't believe she will ever be satisfied with the choices she's made.

Thames-born Bax, who moved to Sydney with Greek husband Spiros Poros to raise their children, spent 17 years overseas strutting the international runways.

"I left New Zealand with no fashion knowledge and had to learn about the fashion industry as fast as possible once I reached the States," Bax writes on her blog.

The 37-year-old mother of three, who graced the cover of numerous fashion mags, admits to a lack of confidence. "I've never quite lost that insecurity I've had since I was a kid. But it has kept me grounded," Bax blogged.

"I still don't believe I will ever be satisfied with my choices in my life. But I must learn to embrace more and to be content with what I have achieved.

There are so many things to be thankful for, and for those I'm terribly grateful."

Bax has put her New York apartment on the market. The three-bedroom loft in Tribeca is selling for US$3.3 million ($4 million) and agent Torsten Krines from Sotheby's International Realty told The Diary this week that two parties were in discussions but a contract had yet to be signed.

Bax's property portfolio is extensive. "Kylie is selling her loft apartment in New York and also her home in Athens, Greece. She is keeping the house in Los Angeles and is yet to purchase a property in Sydney - she is still looking for the perfect spot," her agent, Robert Hannan, told The Diary.

The supermodel is working on a new project, but her rep said it was too early to reveal any details.

Emmys promise kept

Ten years ago, Kiwi Phil Keoghan promised his little daughter he'd take her to the Emmys one day. There was a catch - he had to be nominated.

This week, The Amazing Race presenter made good on his word.

On Sunday, Elle Keoghan, now 16, made her way down the red carpet with her dad at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

"I've been lucky enough to come here for 10 years and it's the first time I've brought my daughter," Keoghan told Celebuzz on the red carpet. "I promised her, if I'm lucky enough to be nominated when you're 16 years old, you can walk the carpet with me - so this is kind of cool. Time goes fast."

Keoghan, born in Lincoln, Canterbury, was nominated again as host of a reality competition programme. It was his fourth nomination. The Amazing Race, the long-running CBS show of which he's also co-executive producer, won its ninth gong for best reality competition programme.

Love birds on Lambton

Walking hand-in-hand down Wellington's Lambton Quay on Thursday were political journalist Jane Clifton and Labour bovver boy Trevor Mallard.

Clifton, a celebrated Listener columnist, was formerly in a relationship with National's Murray McCully. Her link to Mallard has been the subject of much tittle-tattle on the political grapevine and around the Beehive corridors. However, the pair are avoiding gossip-mongers. Clifton did not return calls and Mallard hung up on The Diary.

Quake dramas revisited

Gaylene Preston's six-part TV series, Hope and Wire, on the Christchurch earthquakes will screen on TV3 next year - thanks to nearly $5 million of taxpayer dollars via NZ on Air's Platinum Fund.

A prickly Preston wouldn't divulge any details to The Diary.

We wanted to ask more about the publicly funded series, including who would play post-quake kingmakers Mayor Bob Parker and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. But Preston directed questions to her network-appointed publicist.

Turns out, casting is some way off and a script is yet to be completed.

Wellington writer Dave Armstrong is assisting Preston in developing the storyline and the "fictionalised mix of strong characters".

It is unclear whether Brownlee or Parker will feature in the tele-series at all, or whether all characters will be fabricated.

Parker, who has met producers, is set to detail his own account of the earthquakes through his upcoming book Ripped Apart: A City in Chaos.

At the time of the quakes, Parker praised the Christchurch community for coming together. But in a publicity blurb for the paperback, Parker says he will reveal "the arguments, indecision, petty jealousies, power struggles and policies" that emerged around the quakes. Critics query the wisdom of this as Parker is seeking re-election. The mayor could not be reached for comment.

Happy 21st to The Rock

It was more a rock'n'roll reunion than a 21st birthday. There were no yardies, no embarrassing relatives and no cringeworthy speeches. Instead, The Rock radio station celebrated with some influential friends - including Shihad, who flew in from Melbourne to play a surprise set.

Old and new pals gathered to toast The Rock's 21st birthday on Friday. Warriors Simon Mannering and Micheal Luck rubbed brawny shoulders with TV3 comedians Ben Boyce and Guy Williams.

Veteran music promoter Brent Eccles partied alongside the Feelers and Brent Impey, former boss of MediaWorks (owners of The Rock). However, Cabinet minister Steven Joyce was noticeably absent.

Before entering Parliament, Joyce started RadioWorks - a network of 22 radio stations, including The Rock - and made millions from its sale to CanWest in 2001.

- NZ Herald

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