Although she is regarded as a swimsuit model, Malia contends that she is a surfer first. Malia Jones was born on March 27, 1977 in Loma Linda, California. She is a surfer and model with Hawaiian, Spanish-Filipino and German origins. When she was born her father was in a dental school. After two years, when she was two years old, she went with the family to Kailua, Hawaii. She is credited with furthering interest of young girls in the sport of surfing. In Hawaiian her name means “the state of water when it’s calm.” Destiny couldn’t have played a more colossal joke: The day after she was born, her mother put her on a surfboard. She has been a surfer since she was very little. She started participating in surfing competitions and her first prize came at the age of 15 when she won the girls division of the United States Amateur Surfing Championship. While competing, Surfing Magazine spotted her and asked her to model for their magazine. From there her modelling career skyrocketed. People magazine named Malia one of the “50 Most Beautiful People,” an honour that sometimes goes to people who aren’t that attractive but do interesting things, but in this case it was due to her attractiveness. “She’s a water goddess,” says Kathy Nenneker, creative director of Shape, which featured Malia on the cover last June. “This is a body she earned by doing what she loves to do.” She has appeared on the cover of over a dozen magazines, and has been named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People magazine, and one of America’s “10 Sexiest Athletes” by Esquire. She has also been a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Jones has done TV commercials for American Express, Capri Sun, Coca-Cola, Corona Beer, and VO5 shampoo. Jones was also a consultant for the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch. She also designs a line of swimwear for Mambo Graphics sportswear. She married surfer Conan Hayes in 1999 then divorced. In 2007, she married Australian professional surfer Luke Stedman. In 2009, she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Spike. The couple is currently separated. She is currently dating Australian actor and Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin. Jones divided her time between Hawaii, France and Sydney, Australia, before recently moving back to her hometown of North Shore.
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