Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez looks like a billion bucks in these newly-unearthed bikini pageant photos from her late teens.
The former news anchor, now 49, competed in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic beauty contest in the late 80s in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a former organizer of the swimsuit competition told South West News Service.
“The photos were taken in either 1988 or 1989,” said the organizer, who did not wish to be named.
The source said that Sanchez, whose romance with the world’s richest man was revealed earlier this year, was about 18 or 19-years-old at the time.
“She won the local competition, which is why she’s standing in the middle in that photo. I remember her to be really nice. Very polite,” the source said.
“It was a very basic beauty contest. They all wore the swimsuits from a particular company and just walked the stage,” the organizer said. “They didn’t have to sing or answer questions at all, there was no talent element to the contest at all. There was a panel of about four or five judges … The judges’ decisions could have been swayed by how big the cheers were for each girl, but the audience themselves didn’t vote on the contestants.”
The source said Sanchez strutted the stage at a venue called Club Rio, before an audience of about 200-400 people.
“It started out with about 30 girls and over the course of the month, then it was whittled down to ten girls, then they’d take it down to five and then the winner.
“The contest was every week for approximately one month,” the source said.
Sanchez dumped her Hollywood super-agent husband Patrick Whitesell for Bezos — and Bezos split from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie — early this year, after their affair was revealed in a Page Six exclusive.
Since then, the Amazon honcho and Sanchez have become a fixture on the gossip pages, shopping together in Key West, taking in a Broadway show and living it up on David Geffen’s yacht.
According to Forbes Whitesell’s personal wealth amounts to about $440 million while Bezos is worth an estimated $137 billion.
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