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How Tania Buckley became Australia’s first real WAG

Tania Buckley may well be Australia’s first true WAG.

While her divorce from footy legend Nathan Buckley is currently the talk of town, the blonde beauty is certainly no stranger to making headlines.

In 2001, she caused a media frenzy after walking the Brownlow Medal red carpet in a daring G-string dress that left little to the imagination.

Iconic: Nathan Buckley's wife Tania (pictured) raised eyebrows when she came to the Brownlow Medal in 2001 in a daring G-string dress, making her Australia's first true WAG. The couple announced their divorce this week after 18 years of marriage

Iconic: Nathan Buckley’s wife Tania (pictured) raised eyebrows when she came to the Brownlow Medal in 2001 in a daring G-string dress, making her Australia’s first true WAG. The couple announced their divorce this week after 18 years of marriage

The blonde beauty raised eyebrows when she arrived at the event, partially exposing her buttocks in a daring soft pink gown.

The iconic dress featured a sequined G-string deliberately attached to the base of Tania’s back.

In 2019 Tania told The Herald Sun she had been criticized for wearing the daring dress for years.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” she said.

Split: Nathan and Tania confirmed on Friday that they have split up. They broke up in January but kept it a secret until now (pictured in 2017)

Split: Nathan and Tania confirmed on Friday that they have split up. They broke up in January but kept it a secret until now (pictured in 2017)

Split: Nathan and Tania confirmed on Friday that they have split up. They broke up in January but kept it a secret until now (pictured in 2017)

Family: Nathan and his two sons Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, are pictured at the MCG in Melbourne in 2017. He has been raising the boys with Tania since their divorce

Family: Nathan and his two sons Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, are pictured at the MCG in Melbourne in 2017. He has been raising the boys with Tania since their divorce

Family: Nathan and his two sons Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, are pictured at the MCG in Melbourne in 2017. He has been raising the boys with Tania since their divorce

‘It was something we did that we didn’t think was so packed. It was just kind of fun, but it dragged on for so many years. ‘

The mother of two went on to say that there is a lot of pressure around what women wear because ‘people take the s out’.

Tania’s daring fashion inspired other WAGs on the red carpet in the years that followed, including Rebecca Judd.

'I wouldn't wish it on anyone': Tania told the Herald Sun in 2019 that the backlash she received for her 2001 Brownlow Medal dress 'caught on for years'

'I wouldn't wish it on anyone': Tania told the Herald Sun in 2019 that the backlash she received for her 2001 Brownlow Medal dress 'caught on for years'

‘I wouldn’t wish it on anyone’: Tania told the Herald Sun in 2019 that the backlash she received for her 2001 Brownlow Medal dress ‘caught on for years’

In 2004, Bec donned her slim frame in a red couture dress with an extremely deep plunging neckline.

The dress, which stunned footy fans and became a media sensation, was designed by Ruth Tarvydas and was valued at $ 2,000.

In 2005, Trent Croad’s wife, Tanya Stewart, also made a statement in a pink leopard-print dress during the Brownlow Medal.

Make a statement! Tania's daring fashion inspired other WAGs on the red carpet, including Rebecca Judd (pictured with husband Chris Judd on the 2004 Brownlow Medal)

Make a statement! Tania's daring fashion inspired other WAGs on the red carpet, including Rebecca Judd (pictured with husband Chris Judd on the 2004 Brownlow Medal)

Make a statement! Tania’s daring fashion inspired other WAGs on the red carpet, including Rebecca Judd (pictured with husband Chris Judd on the 2004 Brownlow Medal)

Inspired: Countless WAGs continue to use the Brownlow Medal red carpet to make bold fashion statements in sassy dresses, including Jack Viney's wife Charlotte Ennels (pictured together at the 2018 ceremony)

Inspired: Countless WAGs continue to use the Brownlow Medal red carpet to make bold fashion statements in sassy dresses, including Jack Viney's wife Charlotte Ennels (pictured together at the 2018 ceremony)

Inspired: Countless WAGs continue to use the Brownlow Medal red carpet to make bold fashion statements in sassy dresses, including Jack Viney’s wife Charlotte Ennels (pictured together at the 2018 ceremony)

Most recently, Jack Viney’s wife Charlotte Ennels dressed to impress in a sheer nude dress from OGLIA-LORO Couture.

The stunning dress showed almost every inch of her slim physique and her legs were clearly visible to all.

Tania has continued to impress on the Brownlow Medal red carpet over the years in a variety of breathtaking dresses.

Copy cat? In 2005, Trent Croad's wife Tanya Stewart (pictured) seemed to rival Tania in this leopard print semi-backless dress

Copy cat? In 2005, Trent Croad's wife Tanya Stewart (pictured) seemed to mimic Tania in this leopard print semi-backless dress

Copy cat? In 2005, Trent Croad’s wife Tanya Stewart (pictured) seemed to mimic Tania in this leopard print semi-backless dress

Flashback: One of Tania's first sassy red carpet looks was during the 2000 Brownlow Medal (pictured)

Flashback: One of Tania's first sassy red carpet looks was during the 2000 Brownlow Medal (pictured)

All grown up: the mother of two put on a more conservative display at the 2018 ceremony (pictured)

All grown up: the mother of two put on a more conservative display at the 2018 ceremony (pictured)

Evolution: Tania dared to give birth to the 2000 Brownlow Medal (left), but dressed more conservatively at times in recent years, including at the 2018 ceremony (right)

Last year, she made sure all eyes were on her in a red dress with long sleeves and a plunging neckline that showed off her plunging neckline.

The blonde bombshell and her footy legend husband Nathan have been attending footy’s night of nights together since the late 1990s.

On Friday, the couple publicly announced that they had split up in January after 18 years of marriage.

They have since been co-parenting their two sons Ayce, 12, and Jett, 14, but managed to keep the surprise divorce under wraps until this week.

Working on it! Tania caught the eye in this low-cut coral-colored gown at the 2004 Brownlow Medal

Working on it! Tania caught the eye in this low-cut coral-colored gown at the 2004 Brownlow Medal

Working on it! Tania caught the eye in this low-cut coral-colored gown at the 2004 Brownlow Medal

Red hot! The blonde bombshell was stunned in a busty Jason Grech split dress at last year's Brownlow medal

Red hot! The blonde bombshell was stunned in a busty Jason Grech split dress at last year's Brownlow medal

Red hot! The blonde bombshell was stunned in a busty Jason Grech dress with a split at last year’s Brownlow medal

“It has been a difficult and challenging year for every family, including ours,” the statement read.

“With the greatest love and respect for each other and a genuine commitment to our sons, we decided to part ways in January.

“We remain devoted parents, and for the sake of our boys, we ask that our families have the privacy they need.

Annual event: Tania and Nathan have been attending footy's night of nights together since the late 1990s. In the photo Nathan and Tania in 2018

Annual event: Tania and Nathan have been attending footy's night of nights together since the late 1990s. In the photo Nathan and Tania in 2018

Annual event: Tania and Nathan have been attending footy’s night of nights together since the late 1990s. In the photo Nathan and Tania in 2018

Statement: On Friday, the ex-couple publicly announced that they had split up in an emotional statement

Statement: On Friday, the ex-couple publicly announced that they had split up in an emotional statement

Statement: On Friday, the ex-couple publicly announced that they had split up in an emotional statement

“We thank everyone in advance for understanding our request and for the unconditional love and support we have received throughout our marriage.”

After the Magpies lost the AFL Grand Final in Queensland, Nathan left family home when he returned to Melbourne.

He is now reportedly staying in an apartment in South Yarra owned by his friend Paul Roberts, a sports manager at TLA.

Relocated: Nathan now reportedly stays in a South Yarra apartment owned by his friend Paul Roberts - a TLA sportsman

Relocated: Nathan now reportedly stays in a South Yarra apartment owned by his friend Paul Roberts - a TLA sportsman

Relocated: Nathan now reportedly stays in a South Yarra apartment owned by his friend Paul Roberts – a TLA sportsman

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