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The career highlights of 1990s model Annalise Braakensiek before her tragic death

Annalise Braakensiek was found dead in her Sydney apartment in Potts Point on Sunday afternoon.

Aged 46, the model was best known for her modelling career, as well as her television roles in Home and Away, Heartbreak High, and the TV series Pizza.      

The beauty, who had Czech and Norwegian ancestry, began her road to fame one fateful day when a photographer scouted her on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach when she was just 16 years old. 

From a stint on Home and Away, to a Logie nod for her role on Fat Pizza and countless magazine covers: The career highlights of ’90s model Annalise Braakensiek before her tragic death at age 46. Pictured in 2018

Her big break soon came when she became the Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994, and went on to appear on the magazine’s cover six times. 

Annalise also appeared on the covers of numerous international magazines including the US edition of Cosmopolitan and the Italian edition of Maxim, among countless others.  

After appearing on the sexiest women in the world list almost 20 times, it’s fair to say that she was a celebrated pin-up girl.

She also starred in a series of advertising campaigns for everyone from skincare brand Nivea, to jeans brand Levi, and luxury lingerie brand La Perla. 

Speaking to Confidential  in 2017, the catwalk superstar said that it was harder to be a model in those days. 

Discovered: The beauty, who had Czech and Norwegian ancestry, began her road to fame one fateful day when a photographer scouted her on Sydney's famous Bondi Beach when she was just 16 years old. Pictured in 1999

Discovered: The beauty, who had Czech and Norwegian ancestry, began her road to fame one fateful day when a photographer scouted her on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach when she was just 16 years old. Pictured in 1999

Cover star: Her big break soon came when she became the Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994, and went on to appear on the magazine's cover six times. Pictured in 1993

Cover star: Her big break soon came when she became the Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994, and went on to appear on the magazine’s cover six times. Pictured in 1993

Stunner: Appearing on lists of sexiest women in the world almost 20 times, it's fair to say that she was a celebrated pin-up girl. Pictured in 1999

Stunner: Appearing on lists of sexiest women in the world almost 20 times, it’s fair to say that she was a celebrated pin-up girl. Pictured in 1999

Eye-catching: Annalise also appeared on the covers of numerous magazines including the US edition of Cosmopolitan and the Italian edition of Maxim, and many more. Pictured in 2000

Eye-catching: Annalise also appeared on the covers of numerous magazines including the US edition of Cosmopolitan and the Italian edition of Maxim, and many more. Pictured in 2000

‘When I first started modelling, retouching didn’t exist. There was a massive amount of intimidation, you had to look hot and be completely fit up against these incredible supermodels,’ she said.

‘That’s why I always had to look after myself and go to the gym and train so hard.’

Annalise soon moved on to television work, landing small roles in Heartbreak High in 1997. 

The performer also did a short stint on Home and Away in 1998, briefly playing the character Heavenly. 

Supermodel: Speaking to Confidential in 2017,she said that it was harder to be a model in those days in 1990s at the height of her fame. Pictured in 1997

Supermodel: Speaking to Confidential in 2017,she said that it was harder to be a model in those days in 1990s at the height of her fame. Pictured in 1997

All natural: 'When I first started modelling, retouching didn't exist' she said. Pictured in Pictured in 2001 

All natural: ‘When I first started modelling, retouching didn’t exist’ she said. Pictured in Pictured in 2001 

 Hard worker: 'I always had to look after myself and go to the gym and train so hard,' she revealed at the time. Pictured in 2003

 Hard worker: ‘I always had to look after myself and go to the gym and train so hard,’ she revealed at the time. Pictured in 2003

Those roles lead to a standout lead performance in the comedy series, Pizza, in which she played Claudia McPherson between 2000 and 2007. 

Claudia was a parody of the supermodels of the day, and Annalise absolutely nailed the part. 

She received a Logie Award nomination for Outstanding New Talent in a comedy in 2004 and went on to star in the big screen version of the series, a film aptly called Fat Pizza.

TV career: Small roles on Home and Away and Heartbreak High led to a lead in the comedy series, Pizza, in which she played Claudia McPherson (pictured) between 2000 and 2007

TV career: Small roles on Home and Away and Heartbreak High led to a lead in the comedy series, Pizza, in which she played Claudia McPherson (pictured) between 2000 and 2007

Hilarious: Claudia was a parody of the supermodels of the day, and Annalise absolutely nailed the part, winning accolades for her acting 

Hilarious: Claudia was a parody of the supermodels of the day, and Annalise absolutely nailed the part, winning accolades for her acting 

Big screen: The actress went on to star in the big screen version of the series, the film Fat Pizza

Big screen: The actress went on to star in the big screen version of the series, the film Fat Pizza

Accolades: For her role in Pizza, she received a Logie Award nomination for Outstanding New Talent in a comedy in 2004 and went on to star in the big screen version of the series, a film aptly called Fat Pizza. Pictured with co-star Paul Fench in 2004

Accolades: For her role in Pizza, she received a Logie Award nomination for Outstanding New Talent in a comedy in 2004 and went on to star in the big screen version of the series, a film aptly called Fat Pizza. Pictured with co-star Paul Fench in 2004

Somewhat moving away from being in front of the camera in 2008, the vegetarian chef launched a catering food service, Love Lunch.

In 2009, Annalise turned her eye for fashion into a business, and launched a collection of eco-friendly underwear for fuller-figured women. 

The line, named after her, and called Annalise, was a success, and in 2011 she launched a line of sleepwear, expanding her business into Big W stores.

Moving on: Somewhat moving away from being in front of the camera in 2008, the vegetarian chef launched a catering food service, Love Lunch. Pictured in 2008

Moving on: Somewhat moving away from being in front of the camera in 2008, the vegetarian chef launched a catering food service, Love Lunch. Pictured in 2008

New line: Using yet more of her fashion savvy, she also launched the Annalise jewellery line in 2011. Pictured in 2011

New line: Using yet more of her fashion savvy, she also launched the Annalise jewellery line in 2011. Pictured in 2011

Using yet more of her fashion savvy, she also launched the Annalise jewellery line in 2011, which is available online.

She told GC magazine last year that the collection was inspired by her father, who passed away from cancer. 

‘I have dedicated my Pappa Bear collection to him. It is something I have always wanted to do and I am really thrilled I have finally been able to doing it’ she said. 

Other accessories were in her sights in 2016 too, with the model becoming the Australian ambassador for Flamingo Sunglasses. 

Designer: In the past few years, she had launched fashion and accessory lines including eco-friendly underwear. Pictured in 2018

Designer: In the past few years, she had launched fashion and accessory lines including eco-friendly underwear. Pictured in 2018

The entrepreneurial beauty was always willing to try new things. 

‘I always make things happen. I never wait around for the phone to ring,’ she told The Daily Telegraph in 2015. 

Annalise was an outspoken advocate for animal rights and appeared in campaigns for PETA and the RSPCA. 

She explained to June Bird magazine in 2000: ‘I decided not to eat meat for health and humanitarian reasons. My Mum trained animals (cruelty free) for film and TV, so I considered them all a part of the family. 

 Animal lover: Annalise was an outspoken advocate for animal rights and appeared in campaigns for PETA and the RSPCA. Pictured in 2018

 Animal lover: Annalise was an outspoken advocate for animal rights and appeared in campaigns for PETA and the RSPCA. Pictured in 2018

‘So the thought of eating one was absolutely horrific to me! I decided not to eat meat when I was about 7 or 8. Those who know me know that I’m passionate about not eating animals.’ 

In 2017, the R U OK? ambassador teamed up with EcoCaffe to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

The jewellery designer created a coffee and necklace, with $50 of each sale going to the R U OK? charity. 

In recent years, the model had become a social media star, sharing her life philosophies and yoga practices. 

Change of pace: In recent years, the model had become a social media star, sharing her life philosophies and yoga practices. Pictured in 2018

Change of pace: In recent years, the model had become a social media star, sharing her life philosophies and yoga practices. Pictured in 2018

 

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