CANELAND Central was filled with shoppers, sticky-beaks and Hawko fans as the former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins cut the ribbon to officially open the new Myer store on Saturday.
The 180cm tall beauty looked stunning in a Cue floral dress matched with tangerine heels and bright pink nail polish.
"Colour is a big thing this season," Ms Hawkins said.
The former Getaway presenter has been kept busy designing her swimwear range called Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins, and was only in Mackay for about 24 hours, after arriving on Friday afternoon.
"It has been a quick trip but everyone has been so lovely and welcoming, I hope I can come back for another visit," she said.
Ms Hawkins said it was a privilege to open the new Myer and she said she was impressed with the new store.
"I can't believe the size and space of it," she said.
"The shoe section looks great; there are bright pictures of high heels on the wall which look interesting."
Ms Hawkins made her public appearance on stage at 11am and was escorted to the catwalk by four security guards. A large crowd of shoppers were craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the star. Before making her public appearance Ms Hawkins met with Myer One competition winner and fan, Lesley Fraser.
"She was just lovely," Ms Fraser said.
"She was very down to earth."
Ms Fraser was lucky enough to invite a few of her friends to join her for morning tea with Ms Hawkins.
After the quick visit Ms Fraser was handed a bunch of signed Jennifer Hawkins pictures, which she said she would auction to raise money for breast cancer.
Ms Hawkins was kind enough to also share some of her fashion tips for the racing season.
"Always dress like a lady," she said.
"For race wear I think you should cover up a bit more and leave something to the imagination."
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