Darren Blackett gently cradles his seven-week-old daughter Mia, showing the softer side of this Manhunt spunk.
Darren Blackett gently cradles his seven-week-old daughter Mia, showing the softer side of this Manhunt spunk.

National Manhunt finalist



LITTLE Mia Blackett may not know it yet, but her dad, Darren, is what many would consider a 'real spunk'.

Darren will this morning kiss seven-week-old Mia, and his wife, Carmen, goodbye, to compete with 19 other spunks in the Manhunt national grand final being held on the Gold Coast. As one of 20 finalists, Darren will be representing the Plantation Hotel through four rounds of judging: the interview, photographic, swim wear and evening wear.

"I have (Star FM personality) Tracey Fox to blame for this. It is all her fault," Darren said with a broad grin.

"I rang Star FM one morning for something else, and Tracey told me she already had the entry form (for the Plantation Hotel heat) all filled in."

After winning the local heat, Darren decided he had better take the whole 'male model thing' seriously, and set about losing 10kg ahead of this week's national final.

"For me it is all about having a bit of fun, but I didn't want to get up there and make a complete fool of myself," Darren said.

All finalists have the opportunity to be part of the Men of Manhunt calendar being shot by leading Australian glamour photographer Wayne Daniels, plus the chance to be photographed for swimwear export label 'aussieBum'.

The winner also takes home more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.



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