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Woolies choice of Ricki-Lee Coulter for schools program is ‘odd’ says sexploitation campaigner

Woolworths’ decision to use singer Ricki-Lee Coulter to front its schools program has been called “odd” by anti-sexploitation campaigner Melinda Tankard Reist.

Coulter, who has appeared on the cover of men’s magazines Maxim and Ralph, was signed up by Woolies as brand ambassador of its Earn and Learn program earlier this week.

Tankard Reist told Mumbrella: “Given her photo shoots for Maxim and Ralph, Woolworth’s choice of Ricki-Lee Coulter to promote a program for children does seem odd. However, given that supermarkets like Woolworths stock and sell lad’s mags, and other adult brands including Playboy products, often positioned at children’s eye level, perhaps it is no great surprise.”

Tankard Reist is to speak about the sexualisation of children in advertising at Mumbrella360 in June.

Woolworths had not responded to Mumbrella’s questions at press time.
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Ricki-Lee Coulter fronts Woolies schools program

Woolworths has signed singer Ricki-Lee Coulter as the face of its schools program Earn and Learn.

The singer, who is currently a mentor on The Voice and recently appeared on the cover of lad’s mag Maxim, is to promote the benefits of the program, which supports primary and secondary schools with funding for books, sport and musical equipment and art and craft materials.

Woolies supermarket rival Coles uses Olympian Cathie Freeman as its Sports for Schools Ambassador.

Coulter said in a press release: “I went to a state school in Queensland and loved music and sport at school but we always had limited resources. I see this as a fantastic initiative for everyone to make a difference in children’s education. It’s a great opportunity for every school.”

Woolies Gm of marketing Elizabeth Ryley, added: “We are really pleased that Ricki-Lee has come on board with Woolworths to
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Ricki-Lee Coulter credits "patient, supportive" boyfriend

Ricki-Lee Coulter has credited her boyfriend Rich Harrison with turning her life around. The Australian singer, who will soon appear as a mentor on reality show The Voice, said that her "incredibly patient and supportive" partner is part of the reason why she has had such success in her career recently. After recently losing 25kg with the help of personal trainer Harrison, Coulter wrote on her Twitter page: "He pulled me out of the rut I was in and made me want to make music again! "Two years ago we sat on the couch and he encouraged me to let go of reality for a minute and just dream. We wrote a long list... of things I wanted to change & things I wanted to achieve! And one by one those (more)
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'The Voice' Australia premiere date announced

'The Voice' Australia premiere date announced
The premiere date for the Australian version of The Voice has been revealed. The Channel Nine reality television show, which features Seal, Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban as coaches, was announced earlier this year. According to The Daily Telegraph and Aap, the first episode of The Voice will air at 6.30pm on Sunday, April 15. The debut show will reportedly show the first round of blind auditions, when the judges listen to the contestants perform without being able to see their face. It was recently revealed that Aussie singer Ricki-Lee Coulter will be a guest mentor on The Voice alongside Seal, while Savage Garden (more)
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Singer Ricki-Lee Coulter denies engagement to Rich Harrison

Ricki-Lee Coulter has denied that she is engaged to Rich Harrison. The 'Raining Diamonds' singer, who is thought to have been seeing personal trainer Harrison for about three years, said that they are very happy together but insisted that they are not planning on getting married. Coulter told Who magazine: "It's not true. I would be wearing a big-ass ring on my finger." She described Harrison as the "secret weapon" to her recent weight loss, adding: "He is an amazing, amazing, amazing part of my life and he's done so much for me. He's such an amazing support." Coulter was previously married to high school sweetheart Jamie Babbington, (more)
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Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, Missy Higgins launch Aussie music campaign

Australian musicians including Missy Higgins and Jimmy Barnes have launched a campaign to help people who have hit hard times. A series of online adverts will be published on YouTube this week to raise awareness of Support Act, a charity that aims to help artists who have medical or financial problems. Other musicians taking part in the campaign include John Butler, The Living End frontman Chris Cheney, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Shannon Noll, Kate Miller-Heidke and James Reyne. Support Act ambassador Josh Pyke told (more)
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Darren Hayes, Ricki-Lee Coulter join 'The Voice' Australia as mentors

Darren Hayes, Ricki-Lee Coulter join 'The Voice' Australia as mentors
Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that she is joining the Australian version of The Voice as a mentor. The Aussie singer, who is best known for hits such as 'Hear No, See No, Speak No' and 'Raining Diamonds', said that some people will get a "shock" when they discover that she will be appearing on the new reality TV series.

> Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman excited to return to Aus for 'The Voice' Coulter has been teamed up with confirmed judge Seal on The Voice, while Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes has agreed to mentor alongside judge Delta Goodrem. Benji Madden will be flying to Sydney to join forces with his twin brother Joel, while Megan Washington will mentor Keith Urban's contestants. Coulter told The (more)
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Rihanna shouldn't go back to Chris Brown, says Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter has told Rihanna not to go back to her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. The Australian singer, whose mother Loretta was a victim of domestic violence, issued the warning after Rihanna and Brown released remixes of each others songs, sparking rumours that they could be on the verge of reuniting three years after he pleaded guilty to assaulting her. Coulter wrote on her Facebook page: "I watched one day as [my mum] was thrown around a room then lifted a foot off the ground by her neck. She grabbed me and walked out that door and never went back. I admire women who have the strength to walk out of situations like that." She admitted that it is "possible" for people with a violent history to become friends eventually, but insisted that you should "never put yourself back in a relationship with them", arguing: "Statistics (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter reveals "black" battle with depression

Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that she used to suffer from depression. The Australian singer and television personality, who recently relaunched her music career, said that she struggled to leave the house during her one-year marriage to high school sweetheart Jamie Babbington. Coulter told The Sunday Mail: "I was living my dream but behind closed doors my personal life was a mess. I felt alone, I bottled it all up and it made things worse. I wouldn't leave the house for days at a time. I'd sit in the house all day and do nothing. There was this big black cloud hanging over me all the time and I didn't know how to get away from it." The 26-year-old has signed on to join Marie Claire magazine's 'Shine a Light' mental health awareness campaign along with stars such as Asher Keddie, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith and Ada Nicodemou. She said: "It's
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Ricki-Lee Coulter: 'I have no time for toxic people'

Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that she hates "toxic" people. The Australian singer and presenter, who recently shed 30kg with the help of her fitness instructor boyfriend Rich Harrison, said that she has learned who her real friends are in the past year. Coulter told the Herald Sun: "From the beginning of last year, I started coming to a few realisations about the people that were in my life and that they were toxic and I needed to move away from them. "Some people take advantage of generosity. People try and make you something that you are not, and some people bring out the worst out of you and some people bring negativity. (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter: 'Losing weight wasn't easy'

Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that it wasn't "easy" losing weight. The 25-year-old Australian singer and radio personality, who recently shed 30kg, said that she used to be criticised about her weight when she was larger. Coulter told Woman's Day magazine: "I've experienced criticism about my body and for being a size 14 woman in the spotlight. That just feels like another symptom of how unhealthy body perception can be. "It's not easy [losing weight] and there's no quick way to do it healthily. Having a vending machine outside the [radio studio] makes it extremely difficult!" Coulter said that she was "proud" to be curvy before, but that she is really "happy" (more)
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Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston named in 'Who' magazine's sexiest list

Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston named in 'Who' magazine's sexiest list
Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Imbruglia have been named in Who magazine's 'Sexiest People 2011' list. Kerr, who has received praise for getting back on the catwalk and embracing her new curves since becoming a mother earlier this year, said that she has never thought of herself as sexy despite her role as one of Victoria's Secret's models. Jennifer Hawkins and boyfriend of seven years Jake Wall posed together for the shoot, while Ricki-Lee Coulter showed off her new slim physique and said that she has always been a "self-assured" person. Lara Bingle, who recently said that she is "embracing" a fuller figure, said that that she finds "confidence" sexy in a man. Natalie Imbruglia (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter shows new body in raunchy photoshoot

Ricki-Lee Coulter has taken part in a raunchy photoshoot. The Australian singer, who is currently re-launching her music career, shed most of her clothes in a ten-page spread for Maxim magazine after losing 20kg over the past two years. Coulter said on the set of the military-themed shoot: "[It's] been amazing with all the military costumes and the props and hats. I've had so much fun, it's been a really great day. I've felt quite empowered and strong and it's really nice to see the photos." The former Australian Idol contestant credited her fitness trainer boyfriend Rich Harrison with helping her (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter makes pop music comeback

Ricki-Lee Coulter has announced her music comeback. The Australian star, who initially launched her singing career after taking part in Australian Idol in 2004, said that she was ready to quit the music industry after allegedly falling out with her old management in 2010. Coulter told the Herald Sun: "I didn't even want to get on stage and sing. I was over it." However, she has now collaborated with Us musician Billy Man and releases new single 'Raining Diamonds' this week. Coulter continued: "Of late people have only been talking about what I look like because I haven't had anything to talk about, so it's nice to have new music out. Music is my number one, it's my life, it's my everything. I'm enjoying challenging myself, I want to raise the bar and set a new standard for Australian pop artists. "I respect (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter: 'I love comments about my body'

Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that she feels great having lost a lot of weight. The Australian singer and presenter, who has lost more than 15kg in the past 18 months with the help of her personal trainer and boyfriend Richard Harrison, said that she has exercised hard and eaten a healthy, protein based diet. Coulter told the Herald Sun: "It's like putting petrol in your car, [good food] gets me started every day. It just switches me on." Speaking at the re-opening of Tiffany & Co in Melbourne yesterday, she added: "I'm getting so many lovely beautiful emails and Twitter and Facebook messages about [my figure] from people, and it's really lovely." (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter: 'I've never felt better'

Ricki-Lee Coulter has lost 25kg in the past 18 months. The Australian singer and television presenter, whose boyfriend is fitness trainer Richard Harrison, said that she feels "fantastic" after deciding to get in shape through an exercise regime of running and weight training. Coulter told Woman's Day magazine: "I feel amazing all the time now and it's a nice feeling. In life, we all have ups and downs, but it is about being consistent. If you want results in anything, you have to work hard at it over a long period. "I went from being a person who didn't like exercise and hated running to someone who loves running. It has been a change in my lifestyle." (more)
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Coulter: 'I feel like a new woman'

Ricki-Lee Coulter has revealed that she feels "happy" after dropping two dress sizes. The 24-year-old Australian singer and radio personality, who is currently dating personal trainer Rich Harrison, said that she does not recognise herself when she looks in the mirror after slimming down with running, weights and cardio exercise. Coulter told Who magazine: "I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm healthy, I feel incredible and I'm enjoying the confidence that is giving me. "I wasn't unhappy with the way I looked back then - I didn't actually realise I'd put on weight. (more)
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Paparazzo denies tip-off deal with Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter has reportedly been tipping off a Sydney photographer in a bid to boost her profile. The Australian singer and radio personality, who has regularly been spotted out with new boyfriend Rich Harrison in recent weeks, has allegedly been photographed by successful paparazzo Jamie Fawcett in return for publicity and a $$355 (£205) donation towards her City To Surf charity. Coulter wrote on her Twitter page to Fawcett over the weekend: "Omg! Thank you so much for the donation! You must be making some cash from the photos you've been taking huh?! Haha," to which Fawcett later replied: "Our pleasure... you've been a great sport." (more)
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Coulter, former manager consult lawyers

Ricki-Lee Coulter has consulted lawyers over her recent management split. The Australian singer and radio personality parted ways from former manager Lauren Brown earlier this month amid rumours that she was not happy with the direction that her music career had taken.

Coulter's spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph: "Like the end of any business partnership, lawyers tend to be involved. But there's nothing... out of the ordinary." (more)
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Ricki-Lee Coulter dumps manager

Ricki-Lee Coulter has dumped long-time manager Lauren Brown. The 'Can't Touch It' singer, whose single recently appeared on the Sex And The City 2 movie soundtrack, is believed to have been frustrated with the "direction" of her career recently. Coulter wrote on her Twitter page over the weekend: "[After] five amazing years, myself and my manager and dear friend Lauren Brown have decided to go our separate ways. "We have experienced and achieved (more)
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