At 63 years old, Paula Hamilton has this physical status:
Paula Hamilton (born 23 January 1961) is an English model.
She is best known for her role in the 1988 Volkswagen Golf television commercial Changes, which was best known for her appearance in the classic Mk II Volkswagen Golf television commercial Changes.
For two cycles, she returned to public view as a judge on Britain's Next Top Model in 2006.
Hamilton's father died in Liverpool before her birth, and after that her mother moved to South Africa, where she was welcomed by her mother and stepfather.
When she was eight years old, the family moved to Hertfordshire. Hamilton has five half-siblings. At the age of 11, she discovered that her true father was not Thomas "Ian Gunner" Hamilton but a family friend, John Johnson.
Hamilton is dyslexic, and did not learn to read and write until she was 11. Paula Sherrin attended Burnham Secondary Modern School near Slough for many years. She and Nicholas Cowell, who were both in Slough at the time, were later admitted to the Licensed Victuallers' School, which was then in Slough.
Hamilton has pleaded not to Simon Cowell, then a student attending the same academy when she was 16 years old. She moved to London and spent two years with Andrew and his parents in Rutland Gate, South Kensington, after naked photos of her appeared in Mayfair.
Hamilton met Danny Mindel, a camera focus-puller, in September 1986, and the pair married in London the next year. They stayed together until 1989, when they began a long divorce process.
Hamilton met Michael Ashcroft at the Savoy in the 1990s when he told her £200 for her charity Tusk Force if she would dance with him, and she went on to have a long affair.
Hamilton, who appeared in pornographic photos and after several rejections as a model, moved to Tokyo, Japan, and spent 18 months as a model. She then worked in Australia and Germany before heading to Italy.
Hamilton was discovered by photographer David Bailey and became the Queen's top model for couturier Sir Hardy Amies, who returned to England. Hamilton was told her hair was too long for the job during a lengthy interview with top Italian photographer Fabrizio Ferrei. She immediately cut her hair, started working, and continued to learn the trade at Ferrei's side.
Hamilton reached the pinnacle of her modelling career at the age of 27, when she appeared in an iconic 1987 television commercial for the Volkswagen Golf. Hamilton's transformations made him look like Diana, Princess of Wales, in the film adaptation. She is seen abandoning her husband, throwing her pearl necklace back into the letterbox, screaming her brooch toward a cat, and dumping her fur coat while leaving the keys inside. The tagline read, "If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen." The commercial debuted a new era in automobile advertising.
After being introduced to cocaine by her handler, she went into rehab in her twenties and became addicted to the drug. She was heroin free for seven years before becoming a alcoholic.
Hamilton appeared on television shows Back to the Present hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Esther McVey in the early 1990s, where celebrities are regressed to'uncover' their past lives. Hamilton, although not being regressed, revealed that she had been an executive servant named Ashley Brown who migrated from London to Dublin in a previous life.
Hamilton also appeared in films including Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1995) and Monk Dawson (1998). She appeared in the music video accompanying the British boy band Take That's single "How Deep Is Your Love" in 1996. According to the UK Singles Chart, the single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. "Instructions Not Included" was her autobiography that was released in the same year.
In 2000, after the death of her friend Paula Yates from a heroin overdose, she left the UK and moved to New Zealand's south island, where she began studying commerce at Christchurch Polytechnic. Since checking herself into The Deanery, a Christchurch alcohol therapy clinic, she then became a media celebrity after leading a movement to close the clinic down after it revealed personal information regarding her admission and treatment. She returned to the United Kingdom after two arrests and conviction for drink driving.
Hamilton, who was 45 years old at the time, had been fired by the leading agency Models 1, who hoped to cash in on the success of more mature models, led by Twiggy and her impressive advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer. She appeared on the second and third seasons of Britain's Next Top Model, a fashionista Snowdon, in 2006.
Hamilton was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006 and was given therapy. In 2007, it was revealed that she had a combination of dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder, and Asperger syndrome.
Hamilton appeared in Channel 4's second series of Celebrity Five Go To... in which the guest stars appeared in South Africa in May 2011. She was found in 2012 for impaired driving after crashing her car into her neighbor's conservatory in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, where she had lost her driving licence.
Hamilton was confirmed as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 11, becoming the third celebrity to enter the house on that night and being led straight to the basement on the third date. She became the first celebrity to be barred from the Big Brother house on Day 7, losing to Heidi & Spencer and Frankie Dettori.
Hamilton was found guilty of assaulting a police officer with a sunflower in February 2013, and was fined £400.
Hamilton has been a part of Mandpmodels, a London-based company.