It seems as if the newest US ambassador to New Zealand has a provocative modeling pass. As Brown was announced as being considered for the diplomatic position, New Zealand media made sure their citizens knew all about Mr. Brown.
The Boston Globe reports that the highest circulated New Zealand publication, The new Zealand Herald posted a story about his racy job history and questionable beliefs. Their title further fanned the flames, “Man tipped for US ambassador role in NZ a former nude model who supports waterboarding.”
In the article, details about Brown’s career as a nude model were published. As well as a photo from his 1982 Cosmopolitan centerfold.
“Brown has a more colourful past than most diplomats,” the article states. “In 1982 he nailed Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘America’s Sexiest Man’ competition, with the former Army man then turning his hand to politics.”
Despite his nude modeling background, Brown built a successful political career without hiding his stint as a model. In fact, his past experiences are common knowledge in Massachusetts and the New England area. He doesn’t hide his past or mistakes. As some of his supporters point out, his commitment to not hide anything could be a good quality for a successful politician.
Besides a nude model background, the New Zealand media ripped into Brown’s political beliefs. They scolded the former Massachusetts governor for his support of waterboarding terrorists and criminals. During his time as senator, he endorsed the use of this simulated drowning interrogation technique.
After his term, Brown filled his time with variety of things. He works now as a Fox News commentator and firm supporter of President Trump. He also also wrote an autobiography titled, ‘Against All Odds.’ In the book he talks about his rough childhood filled with poverty, abuse and molestation. Brown prides himself on being resilient and determined to overcome any obstacle.
“Like a fractured bone, I have knit back stronger in the broken places,” writes Brown.
Brown is awaiting final appointment to the ambassador role. The former US ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert was appointed back in January, but resigned when President Trump was inaugurated.
It seems that Brown will not be appointed any time. In fact, the current administration is behind on naming and appointing several other ambassadors to other countries, such as Spain and Germany. Brown supporters say this will allow for enough time for the possible New Zealand pick to fix his image and help the country welcome him. Although, it might not be that easy. It has been pointed out many times that Brown has been quoted as admitting to not knowing much about New Zealand. The possibility of the citizens of this remote island embracing Brown is highly unlikely. In fact, many reports have called the possible appointment an insult to the country.
It will be interesting to see if Brown is eventually appointed to the role as US ambassador to New Zealand. However, the former senator definitely has his work cut out for him.