Hawkins was born in Holmesville, New South Wales, Australia. She is one of four children to her parents. Hawkins was a former cheerleader for the Newcastle Knights rugby league team, and the Hunter Pirates basketball team and also worked as a model. It was as a model that she was cast as Miss Australia for the Miss Universe competition. Hawkins also worked as a choreographer for a dance team that toured Australia specialising in Hip-Hop and Ballet.
Hawkins began dating international model and former carpenter Jake Wall just prior to winning the Miss Universe pageant, and the two continued their relationship following Hawkins' return to Australia after her year based in New York.
Birthdate: December 22, 1983 (1983-12-22) (age 24)
Birth location: Holmesville, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Blonde
Title(s): Miss Australia 2004, Miss Universe 2004
Major Competition(s): Miss Universe 2004 (winner)