Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
December 14, 1979
2006 - Present
Currently Known For:
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Model and Former Radio Personalit
Bardot, Click and The Celebrity Apprentice Australia
“My legs are long but my body is too short.” Sophie Monk is an actress, singer, songwriter, model and former radio personality who first gained fame in the late 1990s when she joined the Australian girl band known as Bardot. Performing R&B, dance and pop music, Bardot found early success and became the first Australian act to debut at the top of the charts, but Monk wanted even more than what the band could offer and left the group in 2002 to launch her solo career. She released her debut album, Calendar Girl, in 2003 and eventually made her way into acting with credits in films like Click, Date Movie and Spring Breakdown. After turning heads in 2015 when she won The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Monk recently made headlines as the bachelorette on the third season of The Bachelorette Australia where she gave socialite Stu Laundy the final rose. While many question whether the couple is still together, we’re curious about Monk’s journey to fame, her obvious plastic surgery and what her plans are next!
Sophie Charlene Akland Monk came into this world on December 14, 1979 in London, England. When she was two years old, the family moved to her mother’s native Australia and settled down in Queensland where the young Sophie started taking classical opera singing lessons. After her graduation from MacGregor State High School in 1997, Monk pursued her dreams of becoming a performer and worked along Australia’s Gold Coast where she impersonated Marilyn Monroe at the Warner Bros. Movie World.
In 1999, Monk spotted a casting call for dancers and vocalists throughout the Queensland area for a new reality series called Popstars, which was meant to create a new all-girl band by picking the most talented performers in the competition. Singing her rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” Monk won a spot on the series and made her way to the final round where she was chosen alongside Belinda Chapple, Sally Polihronas, Katie Underwood, Chantelle Barry and Tiffani Wood to form the band, Bardot. Shortly after the series ended, Bardot released their self-titled debut album, which reached the top of the charts followed by their first hit single, “Poison.” With both the album and the single ranked number one, Bardot made history as the first musical group from Australia to ever release a chart-topping debut album and a chart-topping debut single.
With the success of their album, Bardot toured the country and earned three nominations at the 2000 ARIA Awards. They released their second album, Play It Like That, with the album’s hit single, “ASAP,” debuting at number five on the charts while the album settled in at number 16. But, despite the band’s growing success, Monk left the group in 2002 after Warner Music Australia offered her a solo recording contract. Jumping at the opportunity, Monk released her debut album, Calendar Girl, in 2003. Although the album received mixed reviews, Monk’s single, “Inside Outside,” climbed to number one on the ARIA Singles chart.
In 2004, Monk cut ties with the Warner Music Group and shifted her focus to acting after snagging a small part as Marilyn Monroe in the made-for-television film, The Mystery of Natalie Wood. This led to a handful of other small roles in flicks like Spring Break ’83, Murder World and Click, the latter of which starred Adam Sandler. “I play David Hasselhoff’s secretary and she gets around a bit—it’s quite a role,” Monk said. “I end up in bed with Adam Sandler. It’s so surreal, it’s hysterical… I’m so excited. This is the biggest thing I have ever done, there’s no comparison.” After Click’s success in 2007, Monk made her television debut in the United States on HBO’s original comedy series, Entourage. Months later, she appeared in the dark comedy film, Sex and Death 101.
Amid her growing success in the spotlight, Monk honed her talents as an actress and continued to cash in on her looks. Often ranked as one of the sexiest women in the world, Monk has been included on Maxim Australia’s Hot 100 list as well as FHM’s Sexiest Women List in addition to modeling and endorsing leading brands like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and LG Electronics. Gracing the cover of men’s magazines like FHM, Stuff, Ralph and Maxim, Monk’s beauty is undeniable but many question her growing obsession with her looks and her obvious stints under the knife. In fact, it took the British singer, actress and model a few years before she finally admitted that she had a few nips and tucks when she settled down in Los Angeles in 2010.
Now admitting to fillers in her lips, regular Botox injections in her forehead and around her eyes, and a breast enlargement, Monk says her obsession with plastic surgery started with a collagen injection after she had a cyst removed from her lip. “Half of my lip was removed with the cyst and I was advised to get filler in my top lip to help balance it out,” Monk said of the botched procedure. “I should have said ‘No,’ to the filler in the first place but I trusted the doctor…”
Later changing her tune and denying that she’s had dozens of procedures, Monk says, “I’m so sick of people saying that just because of my lips, I’ve had surgery everywhere.” Instead, she claims that she’s only doing what needs to be done to maintain her body especially after dealing with the stresses of stardom. “The stress of this business tends to come out through my body,” she says. “Either I eat too much or I eat nothing. I need to be more responsible for my body.”
Despite her botched surgery, the 37-year-old Monk continues to turn heads and was even offered $1 million to pose for Playboy in 2008 and 2011. Refusing the offer twice, she accepted a third time in 2014 when she allowed Playboy to photograph her for their exclusive online website, Playboy Plus. Since then, she’s sealed her fate in the spotlight after winning the fourth season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia and, most recently, for her on-screen romance with Stu Laundy on The Bachelorette Australia.