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Sept. 26, 1998, Jacksonville, Fla.

X marks the model search

Remembering our Roman numerals, we call it Venus X. Venus, after all, was the Roman name of the goddess. And it sounds sort of majestic.

In down-to-earth language, it was 1998's 10th annual Venus Swimwear International Model Search.

The winner

Haven Gaston, Bradenton, Fla.
Photo by Golden Photography

It was quite a show. The fun went on for days in Jacksonville, right up to the suspenseful finals, when Haven Gaston of Sarasota, Fla., representing the Outerlimits in Bradenton, Fla., won the international title. Ms. Gaston, who was first runner-up at the 1996 event, won a prize package worth $66,000, including a Porsche Boxster. The first runner-up was Nicole Scena of Aurora, Colo., and the second runner-up was Paige Butcher of Perth, Australia. The third runner-up was Melissa Huggins of New York state, who was first runner-up in 1997. The fourth runner-up was Mandy Lane, the reigning Miss Illinois USA. Rebecca Switzer of Los Angeles won the Photogenic award and the Contestants' Choice award, and the Venus Spirit award went to Karen Lee of Michigan.

"A perfect 10," remarked someone with a good eye for figures. We would say a perfect X, or maybe even a perfect XI.

But judge for yourself. As the Romans would say, a picture is worth M words.

Paige Butcher

Paige Butcher of Perth, Australia
Photo by Golden Photography

Haven Gaston, Charity Hodges

Haven Gaston (left) of Bradenton, Fla., and Charity Hodges of Knoxville, Tenn.
Photo by Mike Fifrick

Queen and court

The winners (from left): Mandy Lane, Paige Butcher, Haven Gaston, NicoleScena, Melissa Huggins.
Photo by Golden Photography

Haven Gaston

Haven Gaston, Bradenton, Fla.
Photo by Golden Photography

Haven Gaston

Haven Gaston models evening wear.
Photo by Golden Photography

Sara Haiser , Heather Fog

Sara Haiser (left) of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Heather Fogg of Huntsville, Ala.
Photo by Golden Photography

Daisy Jorgensen

Daisy Jorgensen of Trevose, Pa., on the obstacle course.
Photo by Mike Fifrick

Stephanie Christense

Stephanie Christensen of Fargo, N.D.
Photo by Golden Photography

Shellie Pitman

Shellie Pitman of Jacksonville, Fla.
Photo by Golden Photography

Sandra Ramirez

Sandra Ramirez of Hampton Bays, N.Y.
Photo by Golden Photography

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