Ann Van Elsen

Ann Van Elsen

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Ann Van Elsen Born: 27th December Mol.Antwerp, Belgium

Ann Van Elsen (born 27 December 1979 in Mol) is a Belgian model as well as TV and radio personality from Mol, Antwerp in Belgium. She was crowned Miss Belgium in 2002.


After finishing her Marketing studies, Van Elsen obtained her master’s degree in Business Economics in 2006. She spread her studies over several years to accommodate her professional career.

Beauty pageants and modelling[edit]

Van Elsen first appeared on the cover of a magazine when that magazine had chosen a photograph of a reader to appear on the cover. This inspired her to enter beauty pageants like Miss Antwerp, Miss Belgium and Miss Universe.

In 2002 Van Elsen won both the Miss Antwerp and Miss Belgium pageants. This enabled her entrance to the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

Van Elsen is one of the candidates who refused to participate in the Miss World competition held in Nigeria in 2002, to protest the conviction of Amina Lawal.

Van Elsen appeared in the January 2008 edition of Playboy. She accepted the deal on account that Playboy would donate part of the photo-shoot payment to Music For Life, a goodwill annual charity of radio station Studio Brussel.

Media career[edit]


On television, Van Elsen has presented several programs on Belgian channels TV1 and VT4, including Mediamadammen (since October 2002), Huizenjacht, Onder Hoogspanning, De Brandkast (2005), Supertalent in Vlaanderen (2007) and Summerdate. In June 2005 Van Elsen signed an exclusive television contract with VT4, where she performed the tasks of an in-vision continuity announcer (since 2003) and hosted several other TV shows as well.

In 2006, Van Elsen presented the first prize to the winner of the “Pinanti is Pinanti” penalty taking competition in the TV1 sports program Studio 1 op zondag, football player Désiré Mbonabucya. During the ceremony in the Koning Boudewijnstadion, she was shown to have some footballing skills as well.

For two years Van Elsen regularly appeared on the TV1 music show Het Swingpaleis, on which she was the team captain.

In 2013 she presents the TV-show Singl3s on Vijf.


In January 2008 Van Elsen went to work for Radio Donna for the Sunday Match program. She presented between 20.00h and 23.00h. After the reestablishment of Donna as MNM (5 January 2009) she presented together with Dave Peters The Ann & Dave Show. In early 2012 she also presented the Monday early morning program MNM Request. Since 2010 she continues to (co)host various programs on MNM, including a summer period mid-morning to noon program.

Personal life[edit]

Ann Van Elsen was married to Belgian soccer player Gunter Van Handenhoven, who is the brother of singer Sandrine Van Handenhoven.[1]

Self (23 credits)
 2015 Spitsbroers (TV Series)

Money Time (2015) … Herself
 2014 Familie (TV Series)

Episode #1.5325 (2014) … Herself
 2012 Vroeger of later? (TV Series)

Episode #1.9 (2012) … Herself
 2012 De slimste mens ter wereld (TV Series)
Herself – Candidate

Episode #10.6 (2012) … Herself – Candidate
 2011 De klas van Frieda (TV Series)
Herself – Candidate

Episode #2.34 (2011) … Herself – Candidate
 2009 Peter live (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode #2.4 (2009) … Herself – Guest
 2009 TMF Awards 2009 (TV Special)
 2009 Karrewiet (TV Series)

Episode dated 28 September 2009 (2009) … Herself
 2009 Villa Vanthilt (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode #1.9 (2009) … Herself – Guest
 2009 Zonde van de zendtijd (TV Series)

Episode #1.6 (2009) … Herself
Episode #1.1 (2009) … Herself
 2009 The One Man Show (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode #1.22 (2009) … Herself – Guest
 2008 Fata Morgana (TV Series)
Herself – Challenger

Betoverend Turnhout (2008) … Herself – Challenger
 2006 Beste vrienden (TV Series)
Herself – Candidate

Episode #1.9 (2006) … Herself – Candidate
 2005 Het swingpaleis (TV Series)

Oudejaarspecial 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2005 Tsunami 12-12 (TV Special)
 2003 Summerdate (TV Series documentary)
 2003 Schoon volk (TV Series)
 2003 Wittekerke (TV Series)

Valentijnspecial (2003) … Herself
 2002 Miss België 2003 (TV Movie)
 2002 Miss België achter de schermen (TV Series documentary)
Herself (2002)
 2002 Barend en Van Dorp (TV Series)
Herself – Miss België

Episode dated 12 September 2002 (2002) … Herself – Miss België (as Ann van Elsen)
 2002 Mediamadammen (TV Series)
Herself (2002-)
 2001 Miss België 2002 (TV Movie)

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