Australia's Beautiful Exports

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Members of Australia's 31,000 export community come in all shapes and sizes and not all seem to be glamorous on the surface. There are farmers flogging wool and wheat grain and GPS technology, miners selling coal, iron ore and computer software, manufacturers selling design technology and architects planning airports and sports stadiums.

In fact, many of our exporters are also quiet achievers--small business run in the suburbs, the real life versions of Kath and Kim.

Here we profile a selection of Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports.

Nicole Kidman

Actress and producer Nicole Kidman is one of Australia's best know cultural exports. She has received international acclaim for many roles and was the first Australian actress ever to receive an Academy Award for her portrayal of Virginia Wolf in The Hours. Among her many other notable films are Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut and To Die For.

Although better known for her work in film, she actively supports the Women's Reproductive Cancer program and for the past 7 years, Nicole has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She is currently supporting a children's health program for Indigenous children in Australia and East Timor, and a community health program in Burma. She is an ambassador for New South Wales' and Australia's foreign trade. At the top for her craft, Nicole represents Australia on the international stage and is an inspirational role model.

Princess Mary of Denmark

Princess Mary was born on February 5, 1972, in Hobart, Tasmania.

An avid athlete at Taroona High School, Mary was captain of the girls' hockey and swimming teams and very involved in equestrian pursuits. She continued her education at Hobart Matriculation College--before wrapping up her studies at the University of Tasmania, from which she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law.

The fresh-faced young graduate dived into professional life, moving to Melbourne, where she accepted a position at an international advertising agency. Her career would eventually lead her into the world of public relations, and culminate in her last pre-royal post as a project consultant for Microsoft Business Solutions in Denmark.

On May 14, 2004, the pretty brunette with the captivating smile walked down the aisle with her prince in a wedding ensemble which encompassed both her Australian heritage and the history of the family she would now be joining.

Mary's grace, beauty and professionalism have won over her new homeland, with one poll finding that 75 per cent of Danes believed she would make a good queen. "Wow! Isn't she wonderful?" exclaimed one Copenhagen newspaper. "She's fantastic. It will be no wonder if in the future Danish schoolgirls choose to mimic Mary in the mirror instead of Britney Spears."

Adam Scott

Adam Scott is undoubtedly the most exciting young Australian golfer since Greg Norman. A statement endorsed by his performances over the past three years which have seen him win five times on four continents and establish himself as one of the best golfers in the World.

Born on July 16, 1980 in Adelaide his special interests are all sports, biographies, clothes and he resides on Hope Island, Australia and turned Pro in 2000. His tournament victories include the 2005 Johnny Walker Classic, and 2005 Nissan Open, in 2004 the Booz Allen Classic and The Players Championship. 2003 was the Deutsche Bank U.S. Championship and Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters and 2002 the Diageo Scottish PGA Championship and Qatar Masters.

Kostya Tszyu

Kostya Tszyu was born in Russia in a place in the Ural Mountains called Serov. He commenced boxing at the age of nine and by the time he was 16 years old he became the youngest person to win the National Championships, and suddenly classed as an elite sportsman.

Kostya now calls Australia home and is a great ambassador for his chosen country, in January 1995 he got a shot at the IBF World title in the USA winning the belt he felt he truly deserved in front of a large and welcoming American audience. …