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Keeley Rebecca M. Hazell (born 18 September 1986) is an English Page 3 Girl and glamour model.
History of Page Three
When he relaunched the flagging Sun newspaper as a tabloid on November 17, 1969, Rupert Murdoch began publishing clothed glamour photographs on its third page. The first edition featured that month’s Penthouse Pet, Ulla Lindstrom, wearing a suggestively unbuttoned shirt. Page Three photographs over the following year were often provocative, but they did not feature nudity.
On November 17, 1970, editor Larry Lamb celebrated the tabloid’s first anniversary by publishing a photograph of 20-year-old German model Stephanie Rahn in her “birthday suit.” Photographed by Beverley Goodway, who would work as The Sun’s main Page Three photographer until he retired in 2003, Rahn was profiled from the side, sitting nude in a field with one of her breasts fully visible. Page Three girls would gradually be featured in more overtly topless poses. While these photographs caused much controversy, they are credited with the increase in sales that established The Sun as one of the most popular newspapers in the United Kingdom by the mid-1970s. In an effort to boost their own circulation figures, the competing Daily Mirror and Daily Star tabloids instituted their own Page Three–like features under different names.
Page Three photographs were sometimes connected to a topical sporting event. A model might pose in a short white skirt with a tennis racquet during the Wimbledon tennis championships, for example, or appear holding a football during the World Cup. From the 1970s until the mid-1990s, captions to Page Three photographs contained titillating puns and sexually suggestive double entendre about the models’ lives or interests. Widely considered sexist, these captions were replaced in the late 1990s with a simple listing of the models’ first names, ages, and hometowns. The Sun also greatly reduced its use of sports-related costumes and props at this time, and also instituted a policy of only featuring models with natural breasts. Models with augmented breasts, such as Jordan and Melinda Messenger, were thereafter “banned” from Page Three.
In 1999, The Sun launched its Page Three website Page3.com. The site features the tabloid’s daily Page Three girl in up to four poses, including the photograph published in the printed edition. It also hosts an online archive of previous Page Three photographs, a “Page 3 Gold” section featuring models from earlier eras, and various other features.
Since 2002, The Sun has run an annual contest called “Page 3 Idol.” Amateur models can submit pictures, which are published on the Page Three website. The outcome is decided by public vote, and the winner receives a Page Three modeling contract. The 2004 winner, 18-year-old Keeley Hazell, went on to become one of the United Kingdom’s top glamour models. The 2008 winner, 19-year-old university student Jenny Grant, tragically committed suicide in the early hours of September 13, 2008.
In 2003, Julian Jones made a documentary about Page Three girls, The Curse of Page 3, which examined the negative aspects of some Page Three models’ lives, including addiction to drugs and involvement in abusive relationships.
Hazell was born in Lewisham, London, England, grew up in Grove Park, and attended the Ravensbourne School in Bromley. Her mother, Amber, is a dinner lady and her father, Roy, is a window fitter; they separated when she was thirteen.
As of November 2006, Hazell lived in a flat in the London Docklands.
In January 2006, Hazell made headlines when Chelsea F.C. football player Joe Cole was beaten up at a party held at her Grove Park house. She spoke to The Sun in March, denying rumours surrounding the incident.
At 16 years of age, Hazell left school to work as a hairdresser. Her work colleagues persuaded her to try her luck at modelling. At 17, she competed in The Daily Star’s “Search for a Beach Babe” contest and won. Still not old enough to pose on Page 3, she went to study fashion at Lewisham College. But later, a friend told her about The Sun’s Page 3 Idol competition. Despite some initial uncertainty about entering the contest, she submitted some photos. She was eventually chosen the winner in December 2004. She won £10,000 worth of “sexy clothes” and “a one-year membership of the Rex cinema and bar”. Another part of Hazell’s Page 3 Idol win was a one-year exclusive glamour modelling contract with The Sun.
Hazell is regularly featured in Zoo and continues to appear in The Sun at least once every two weeks. She has been on the cover of The Sun’s 2006 and 2007 Page 3 calendars, in addition to her own wall calendars, the 2007 edition selling 30,000 copies in its first few days of release. In April 2008, Hazell left Zoo and signed an exclusive deal to appear in their rival magazine Nuts.
In 2008, Hazell and agent Ginny Mettrick co-founded a modelling agency called Muse Management.
Other media appearances
Hazell was the face of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Formula One 06 video game for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and F1 CE for PlayStation 3. She is currently the face of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift for PlayStation 3.
Hazell had a small role in the full-length version of Cashback, playing “Frozen Girl in Sainsbury’s”. She was in talks with producers to be in a movie based on the television series Baywatch.
In 2007 and 2008, Hazell and IT expert Gary Schwartz co-presented Byte Me TV, an online programme that tried to explain technology in an easy-to-understand way.
In 2008, Hazell appeared as Keeley Hazel on the BBC Three documentary Page Three Teens.
Hazell released a pop music single called “Voyeur” in 2008.
Environmental and charitable work
Hazell was hailed by the Conservative Party in December 2006 as an “environmental hero” for her campaigns in The Sun, giving environmental tips such as turning lights off during sex and using digital cameras. She was named alongside the likes of David Attenborough, Prince Charles and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Tories’ list.
Hazell has backed a major breast cancer awareness campaign for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The campaign called TALK TLC aims to promote Breakthrough’s breast health message about the need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Hazell has also signed up to take part in the Breakthrough Generations Study consisting of 100,000 women and spanning 40 years – the study aims to be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind.