Why Are They Famous ? - Melinda Messenger
Sunday 06 September 1998
Breasts and business sense have conspired to make Melinda Messenger the Samantha Fox of her day - a Page Three girl turned contemporary cultural icon. In the world of the tabloid, Melinda is goddess. Authentically and fortuitously named to sound more like a Play Station adventure-game heroine than a 27-year-old from Swindon, Melinda has now soared beyond the arena of the much-thumbed, ketchup-stained chest shot to... well... Channel 5. From October, she is to host her own chat show, "Melinda's Big Night In".
The Pamela Anderson of the southeast (sort of), prize-winning bulldog meets Cheshire beauty-parlour manageress. Top-heavy Bardot wannabe. Miss Torquay 1992.
Melinda is just a nice, small-town girl, you understand, with solid values and a fiance called Wayne. This is the message that has been constantly pushed out since Melinda sparked a tabloid feeding frenzy and suddenly became the topless lovely of the moment. The problem is, it is probably true. With her soft little "Oooh-Arrr" accent, her new, six-bedroom Swindon farm house, and her football shirt-favouring boyfriend, Melinda Messenger is the archetypal girl-next-door made good.
Shell suits to riches:
Melinda Messenger had a nice little job in marketing, thank you very much, when she was "discovered". Modelling in her underwear in a local double-glazing firm's poster - the genre of 1,000 Advertising Standards Authority complaints - Melinda was plucked from small-town anonymity to spark a huge tabloid war by grimy organs wishing to feature her charms. Suddenly Melinda Messenger was the Spice Girl of the "glamour" modellin' world. "It was terrifying - crazy," explains our heroine. "I felt totally out of control. I thought the fuss would die down, and I'd go back to my marketing job, but the phone never stopped ringing with modelling offers."
Despite fame, fortune, and a dinner invitation from Val Kilmer, Melinda has stuck by her man. Or, in this case, boy. Wayne Roberts was a roofer working for his dad when the pair met in a nightclub in Swansea, as you do. Says Wayne, 22, of Melinda's shock success: "I went through every emotion." Sadly, our heroine has fallen out with her mum, Avis, over her breast-baring tendencies. "Mum's never going to be happy with what I'm doing," explains the lovely.
"If it all ends tomorrow I'll just get another job," says Melinda. A healthy attitude, Miss Messenger.
Whatever happened to one Samantha Fox?
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
Cervical cancer: Charity urges women to post messy lipstick selfies to promote smear tests
Broadmoor financial scandal: The £4m of NHS funds wasted at high-security hospital
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall during coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...