Former Miss Australia, model and media personality Rachael Finch, and her husband Michael Miziner, welcomed their first child on September 24, and have named their daughter Violet Rachael. Violet’s middle name seems to be after her mother.
Rachael won the Queensland Model of the Year contest in 2004, while she was still in high school, and signed with IMG. She received the People’s Choice Award for Miss Teen Australia in 2006, and was crowned Miss Australia in 2009; she came third runner-up in the subsequent Miss Universe pageant that year. After her pageant wins, she came third in Celebrity Masterchef 2009, and was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2010. She has worked as a fill-in radio host on NovaFM, and currently does a daily weather report on Channel Seven’s Sunrise.
Michael was born in Russia and came to Australia as a child (Rachael is half-Ukrainian on her mother’s side). He is a professional ballroom dancer, and he and Rachael met when they were partnered on Dancing with the Stars in 2010. Michael and Rachael were married in January this year, and discovered they were expecting a baby while on their honeymoon in Thailand.
(Photo of Rachael and Michael from the Townsville Bulletin)