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Kirby Ann Basken (born August 12, 1985) is a Norwegian model.

She was born in Lørenskog, Norway to a Norwegian father and a Filipino mother. On April 9, 2007, she won the coveted title of Miss Norway-Universe and represented Norway in the Miss Universe pageant held in Mexico City in May 2007. She first took a shot at Frøken Norge or Miss Norway in January, 2006, where she placed second place. She also won the title of Miss Photogenic and was declared Olympus Face of the Year.

Being of Filipino-Norwegian descent, she represented the Filipino community in Scandinavia in the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant in June 2006, where she bagged the title Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International and three other special awards: Best in Long Gown, Calayan Best Skin and Miss Philippine International Hairdressers Association (PIHA). She then represented the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental pageant held in Nassau, Bahamas in October 2006 where she emerged among the top 12 semifinalists.

Besting over 2000 participants, Kirby Ann Basken is the first Filipino-Norwegian to win the title of Frøken Norge. Her victory evoked cheers among the Filipinos in Europe, and a Press Release was issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines announcing her victory in the country. Kirby Ann Basken is the first Filipino-Norwegian to hold national beauty titles in two countries in a span of one year: Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific 2006/Philippines and Frøken Norge 2007/Norway.

Kirby Ann Basken worked as a TV-host for Sonen (TV2 Zebra) and a radio host for a youth program in Tinig Pinoy (The Voice of Filipinos). At present, she works as a fashion model in Norway (Oslo Fashion Week/Oslo Fashion Awards) and abroad. She has appeared in Norwegian magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Mag, Se & Hør, Her & Nå, and in foreign magazines such as Metro, Candy, Chalk, People Asia, Status mag and Cosmopolitan. She also appeared on the front cover of FHM Norway, August 2007, was featured in FHM Australia, December 2007, in FHM's Annual Issue "The Girls of FHM 2007" among the 58 most beautiful women in the world, and in The Girls of FHM Special Collector's Edition 2008 among the 33 sexiest and hottest women in the world. In December 2007, she was named as one of the 33 most beautiful women in Norway by Elle Mann. She also appears in TV commercials for national television in the Philippines, the latest being TV-ads for Pepsi Cola and Great Taste coffee. She's a regular briefcase lady in Norway’s version of Deal Or No Deal. Kirby is the new face of Thune jewelry, one of Norway's oldest and leading chains of diamond jewelry, goldsmiths and watchmakers.

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