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Date with Kate: Jesinta Franklin

29th January, 2017

Jesinta and I enjoying delicious healthy treats from her book ‘Live a Beautiful Life’.


Jesinta Franklin (nee Campbell) is a model, TV host and author who won Miss Universe Australia in 2010. Her book, Live a Beautiful Life, was launched late last year and quickly hit No. 1 on the bestseller lists across Amazon, iTunes and Booktopia. The 25-year-old recently married Lance “Buddy” Franklin of the Sydney Swans. Jesinta spoke to me about why she kept her wedding plans private, problems with the paparazzi and her preparations for the upcoming David Jones autumn/winter show.

What are you looking forward to most about the David Jones autumn/winter show?

I always get so excited about the show. It’s such a thrill being on the runway and each year they get bigger and better. This season the launch is being held at the St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt, a beautiful historic Sydney location which dates back to 1821, just years before David Jones’ flagship store was built … so it will be very special. I also look forward to seeing all of the trends and what the fashion is like for the season ahead.

How do you prepare for the show?

I try to stay fit and healthy all year round, however, about a month out, I amp up my training and really focus on eating as healthily as possible: lots of greens and clean, nourishing meals. I do like to indulge, though, so a little bit of chocolate every now and again keeps me sane.

What trends can we expect for autumn/winter?

Leather is a big trend this season in the form of biker jackets – which are a great investment piece – leggings, skirts and boots. Denim is always on-trend but this season it’s all about embellishment and luxe finishes. Florals are back again, but this season they have a ’70s vintage–inspired revival and are loud and playful. The colour of the season is fire engine red, which is sure to brighten up everyone’s winter wardrobe.

Are you excited to walk alongside Karlie Kloss?

I am really excited. Karlie is a renowned international model who has worked with the biggest fashion houses and photographers in the industry. It’s amazing to have her here for the show and I’m looking forward to welcoming her to Sydney.

What inspired you to write your first book Live a Beautiful Life?

I was approached to do a book a few years ago and it didn’t feel like the right time. I started it over 12 months ago and it just felt like the right thing to do, I felt like a challenge and loved the idea of working on something new. I loved every step of the process, I really wanted the book to be an authentic reflection of me and the things I do daily to live a healthy life.

Did you expect it to become a bestseller?

Absolutely not. I got so nervous two weeks before it came out. I was questioning every single page and whether or not people were going to like it. Even the day it launched I was still going over every single part of the book in my mind, hoping it was OK. When it hit No. 1 in my category online it was such a special moment, the 12 months of work had paid off and I was just so glad people liked it. I felt so supported and lucky to have such amazing followers.

Congratulations on your recent wedding. How was your magical day?

Thank you. It was such a special day, one that we will treasure forever. It was exactly what we wanted and to be able to do it in our own way was truly magic.

Was it hard to keep everything a secret?

Extremely hard. Especially because I worked nearly every day in the month leading up to the wedding. I was so excited and had to contain it all.

It was refreshing to see that you chose to keep your wedding story/ photos private. Why did you make that choice?

Thank you. So much of our lives are so public so it was important to us to have that one day just to ourselves without the stress of the media being involved.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We just enjoyed each other’s company. We didn’t need or do anything fancy; just being with each other was enough.

What do you love most about Buddy?

He is extremely generous and not a day goes by that he does not make me laugh.

What do you find challenging about all the constant media attention?

We both understand that it is a part of our lives and everyone has a job to do. The hardest thing is the paparazzi that stalk us and sit in their cars out the front of our home. It’s quite stressful and invasive at times. Other than that I feel like the media is really quite supportive of us.

What would be the biggest misconception about you?

I don’t know really. I feel like I am always true to who I am with everything that I do and my book was a great way for me to expand on that. If anything I want people to know that I am regular person who goes through all of the triumphs and challenges that present themselves to most people throughout life.

What’s off limits for you on social media?

I don’t really post a lot of personal things, what I am comfortable with I will put up but the rest I like to keep to myself. I post work, my workouts, my beauty regimes and what I do to keep fit and healthy.

Being in the spotlight, how do you cope with any negativity?

I don’t read much about myself because it can have an effect on my wellbeing. I’ve got an amazing group of people around me who keep me grounded; it’s these same people whose opinion truly matters to me, they are the ones I pay attention to and listen to.

What is your ultimate way to spend a day off?

If the weather is good I love to get out in the sunshine and in the water.

Tell me about your role with Moet?

I’m really excited to be on board with Moet and Chandon as their ambassador for 2017. I believe in celebrating the magical moments in life, no matter how big or small, and that is what the brand is all about. It’s an exciting partnership and one I’m proud of.

You are also the Face of Olay. Do you have any beauty secrets or must-haves?

I am really stringent when it comes to my skin-care regime. I always say to women that it is so important to have a different moisturiser for morning and night. It sounds so simple but you will notice a huge difference in your skin.

What were your resolutions for the New Year?

Each year my resolution is the same: to improve upon the last. Get fitter, stronger, healthier, work harder.



WE WENT TO David Jones Personal Styling Suite where I caught up with Jesinta in between her fittings.

WE ATE Ginger & Date Powerballs – a recipe from her book ‘Live a Beautiful Life’.

WE DRANK The Green Goddess smoothie.

JESINTA WORE a Christopher Esber dress.

I WORE a Bec & Bridge dress.

Fashion, Shop

Steal her style: Jessica Gomes

28th October, 2016

Aussie model Jessica Gomes is one the country’s top models and has appeared Vogue and Glamour, modelled for DKNY and Victoria’s Secret and is currently a David Jones ambassador. It’s no surprise that her style is one to watch. From simple casual pairings such as jeans and a bomber jacket, to high-octane glamour in showstopping gowns on the red carpet, there’s seemingly no look she can’t master. Her off-duty style is one that most women can bookmark – it’s easy, effortless and with just a bit of edge. This look is perfect for warm, balmy summer days.

White tee

A white tee and denim are a guaranteed winning combination. A simple crew neck tee is a versatile addition to your wardrobe as it’s essentially a blank canvas – add some jewellery, team it with a skirt or shorts or a pair of wide-leg pants and you’ve got yourself a stylish look that’s understated and on trend.

Denim shorts

A pair of denim shorts is a great go-to during summer. If you’re not comfortable flashing a lot of leg, simply find a pair in a length that’s flattering to you.

Statement belt

The simple combination of jeans and a white tee is made a little less straightforward with the addition of a statement black belt. A belt with silver embellishment such as the one Gomes is wearing makes for a great focal point to an outfit and gives it a point of difference.



Celeb look of the week: Jessica Gomes

13th May, 2016


When you’ve got legs for days why wouldn’t you show them off? Model and David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes in a long-sleeved mini dress at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards accessorised with a Valentino clutch and statement heels and made quite the impact on the red carpet.

Photography: The Daily Mail/

Fashion, Shop, What I Wore

What I Wore: Light and Breezy

20th April, 2016

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It seems autumn still has a few more warm days up its sleeve so I am making the most of it by sneaking in some last minute summer looks. I’m a big fan of a crisp, all-white outfit and am loving the feel of lightweight linen like these shorts from Studio.W. I’ve topped it with a simple, neutral blazer to elevate it from a casual look to one that could take me to lunch with the girls. All I need to do is add a pair of heels and I am done!

Credits: Linen Shorts: Studio W; Singlet: Studio W; Heels: Gianvito Rossi; Jacket Skin and Threads; Sunglasses Preen

Photography: Sophia Athas 


Date with Kate: Jessica Gomes

7th February, 2016

My breakfast date with Jess Gomes

Australia’s Jessica Gomes​ is well-known for her modelling but recently has also been busy acting in Hollywood films. She worked alongside Bruce Willis in the action comedy Going Under and alongside Owen Wilson in Bastards, out in November. Gomes, 29, talks to me about the highlights of this week’s David Jones‘ autumn/winter fashion launch, her favourite style trends for the season and her intimate scenes with Bruce Willis.


How did you prepare for the David Jones fashion show?

I’ve been boxing almost three days a week, which has been really good. Just eating healthy, getting lots of sleep, just really taking care of myself. I think it’s important for me to just feel energised when every time before David Jones. It is a lot of press and a lot of long hour days so I definitely make sure that I’m in good shape and I’m well rested.

Do you still get nervous on the catwalk?

I still get butterflies definitely before each show, especially the VIP nights because everyone has worked so tirelessly beforehand. So, you just don’t want anything to go wrong. It’s good nerves. But I remember my first show, I was so nervous because it was my first time being the ambassador and it’s a big deal and big responsibility. So, I was definitely nervous then but now, I’m more comfortable, within my role and I feel like it’s just so much fun.

What are some of the trends we’ll be seeing this season?

We’re seeing Victorian designs, which are kind of high neck, lace black. Another trend is eastern prints, which is involves lots of ethnic prints from the Far East.

Do you have one fashion item that you’ve seen in the collection that you couldn’t live without this season?

I am loving the Camilla and Marc  long trench coat blazer, which Cath McNeil is actually wearing in the campaign and it’s something that you can put over a dress, an evening gown, you can put over jeans and a T-shirt.

What’s the first thing you do when you get back to Australia?

Usually, I’ll go grab a coffee and go down to Bondi and do a soft sand run and go for a swim because it just brings me back down to earth. After a big flight it just grounds me.

Congratulations on your recent acting roles. Has it always been a goal of yours to be an actress?

Well, I started out acting on a TV show in Perth, when I was 10 years old and then kind of modeling just kind of took over because modeling was easy. I mean, it was great money, I got to travel the world, I loved fashion and I loved the lifestyle that I got to live. I did study at Stella Adler. I did work with some great coaches like Susan Batson, who has worked with Nicole Kidman. So acting has definitely always been there for me, but now doors have opened for me and I’m pushing through them and seeing where it takes me. Now, it’s definitely something that I’m more focused on versus modeling.

What was it like to work with Bruce Willis and Owen Wilson?

Bruce was amazing. I mean, he was very supportive. One of our first scenes together was quite intimate. So that was interesting and I was kind of like, “Oh I wonder how it’s going to go,” but he totally guided me. He was very respectful. He knew where I was at, in my training so that was great. Working with Owen and Ed Helms and Glenn Close was a trip. It was just amazing to witness them at work together and just meeting these incredible actors that I’ve looked up to, really blew my mind and really gave me that confidence and encouragement that I can be alongside these players.

Were you nervous to do the intimate scene with Bruce Willis?

I was nervous. I mean I was telling myself, “How do I even do this?” I’m used to taking my clothes as a swimsuit model but this is actually me being intimate with somebody, which is a sacred thing. Before we went on set, Bruce actually called me to a trailer and we had a conversation and that really helped. And then as soon as we got into it, the first take, it was really fun and it was fine. In fact, I was like, “You know what, I’m just going to do it. This is happening right now and it’s real.”

Was it hard to block out the camera and crew?

It was a closed set so there weren’t a lot of people around us. It was actually really great. It was a great scene. Like a lot of actors say that sex scenes are really awkward for them. But it wasn’t awkward for me. It felt really natural and really beautiful.

Did you receive any really valuable advice from Ed Helms and Owen Wilson?

Ed Helms told me that with auditioning, it’s just good to be over-prepare to the point where you’re like, “It doesn’t matter what happens.” I think that’s the difference between modeling and acting… you have to really prepare for acting roles where with modeling, where you can kind of just arrive and go, “Hey.”… That’s the one thing that, that work ethic has been the challenge for me, for sure. It’s just a different type of a process, creative process, really.

Is comedy what you always wanted to do?

I think it was just a natural instinct. I didn’t even realise I wanted to get into comedy. Because before that I was going for really dramatic roles, playing these badass chicks. With these two roles, it was interesting, because when I went into the audition, and I was kind of going through the motions of it, I was like, “Oh, I’m actually really funny.” [Laughs] I didn’t even realise that I had that comedy streak in me, until I was able to just let go and be like, “Oh yeah, I’m pretty funny.” It was just kind of like a light bulb moment, and where other people were finding me funny! It was nice that I got to let my hair down and just be me.

What would be your dream role?

I would love to do lots of indie films and to play a Bond girl would be amazing.

Who’s someone you look up to and admire?

I love Charlize Theron because I think she’s super ballsy and just fearless. I love Jennifer Lawrence because she’s funny and I love Marion Cotillard, she’s just so talented.


WE WENT TO One Street Over, Sydney CBD

WE ATE  Scrambled eggs with prosciutto and scrambled eggs with spinach.

WE DRANK Coffee and orange juice

JESSICA WORE Manning Cartell dress.

I WORE Ginger and Smart dress.


Winter essentials from David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016

4th February, 2016

David Jones launched their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection last night and with every great look that went down the runway I had more and more items quickly added to my shopping list. While the weather won’t cool down for a few more weeks I’m definitely getting excited at the prospect of updating my winter wardrobe with some of these wardrobe essentials (plus some budget-friendly options too).

Look 1: The White Shirt

A white shirt is a must. It’s one of the most wearable and versatile pieces in any woman’s wardrobe so I think you can never have too many. Whether you opt for an open back style that’s a little more daring or a button down classic style it’s the kind of item that will definitely get plenty of wear.

Tome Pleat Back Shirt $769, Tie-Back Shirt$699




Look 2: The Statement Coat

A soft grey is a great option for a winter coat. It stands out from the crowd in a sea of black and navy plus it works beautifully when kept tonal with lighter colours such as white and cream. I also love the streamlined silhouette of this coat which once again sets it apart from the crowd.

Jac+jack'Rampling' coat $995,'Linley' Top $260,'Kobe' Pant $220, Jac+Jack 'Loris' Sweater $360, 'Byron' Pant $299



Look 3: Black Tote

A black tote is the kind of addition to any wardrobe that will always be in high rotation. I know I’m forever needing a bag that can easily carry everything I’ll need during the day when I’ve got multiple appointments and my to-do list is a mile long. I’m also all about keeping it simple and this classic design meets that brief while still being able to house all my day to day essentials.

Mimco Studs$129,'Pendant$199,'Ventura'strand$129,'Kinetica'Timepeace$249,Ring$129,'Montage'Tote$450,WitcheryMaxi$229.95



Date with Kate


31st January, 2016

Lunch with Ryan Lobo at Missy French, Potts Point

Australian fashion designer Ryan Lobo launched the label Tome with his friend Ramon Martin in 2011. The duo are based in New York and in the past five years the brand has established a strong following and been seen on the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Amal Clooney. Before Tome, Lobo studied at the University of Technology Sydney and became a fashion buyer and stylist for Australian brands and magazines. He told me about how he made his break in fashion, his biggest pinch-me moment and the highs and lows of working in New York.

Tell me about your childhood and growing up in Australia.

I moved to Sydney from Kolkata, India, at the age of five. I was always drawing from a very young age … I remember it was always horses, then clothes. I didn’t play sport. Ever.

How did you get into fashion design?

I always consulted with brands. I worked as a buyer and stylist until I officially became a design consultant. It was fairly organic, as they say. I studied at UTS but, honestly, that doesn’t prepare you for the industry, and not in the way I was ready for. Retail does!

In what way?

Retail prepares you for the realities of consumption – what a woman is willing to spend money on and why. As designers we are asking people facing bulging Western wardrobes – who claim to have nothing to wear! – to add Tome to the mix and it’s a very nuanced relationship between brand and woman. It’s a very sensitive exchange.

Tell me about the inception of Tome.

Ramon and I have known each other for almost 20 years, and after getting over initially hating each other we have been like brothers ever since. We decided in 2010 to begin. By 2011 I had moved to NYC to join Ramon, and thus Tome was born.

Why did you first hate each other?

Because that’s what you do when you are a brooding teen, right? Hate first, ask questions second. We made each laugh hysterically and we still do, often with the same jokes, so the ice melted quickly.

Did you have any struggles when launching Tome?

Being heard amidst everything that is going on globally in fashion, let alone in NYC, is tough. You have to do something that people develop an emotional connection to to stand out. Also nothing is free in NYC. Everything comes at a price. We were lucky to have so many people help us, and alongside them we have worked like never before in our lives to get to this place. Having your own business is like having a baby.

What do you think sets the brand apart?

Somebody recently said that our clothes have integrity and that makes me super-happy. I think there is a sincerity to our approach to clothes, an honesty that women respond to. The same writer who said our clothes have integrity also said that the clothes feel real. Now that’s unique in a world full of mixed messages, isn’t it?

How would you describe a Tome woman?

She is every woman: strong, formidable, artistic, clever, very aware or her own style and uses clothes to accentuate her attributes not disguise them or paint a false picture of herself. Like the clothes she is real.

Do you enjoy being based in New York?

100 per cent it is now home. I love the pace and access to everything any time you want. Everyone who is anyone is and wants to be here so this is the city that represents the best of the best in all industries – fashion, art, food, music, theatre, dance and literature.

What do you do in your spare time in New York?

Honestly, we have the most low-key existences, which involves a lot of sleep and time at home. We both love art, film and dance so that consumes a lot of our spare time, either in person or on TV.

Would you ever move back to Australia?

Of course! It’s so great to be able to come back twice a year … why not more?

How important is the Australian market to you?

It’s the ultimate validation to return home and have women in our clothes. Homecoming is an emotional experience and it is fulfilling when you feel successful here.

You recently launched Tome into David Jones. What does that mean to you?

DJs is the ultimate department store here in Australia. It’s so great to hang next to the brands that we do.

What has been your biggest pinch-me moment during your career?

Meeting Tilda Swinton and having her tell us she likes our clothes and would like to get some for herself. We met her after a friend’s cabaret show. She is very close with Justin Vivian Bond and we dressed Justin for the show, The Drift. We met over a cocktail and she was exquisitely beautiful, very warm and basically a porcelain emu in draped jersey. She knew about us and loved the dress on Justin and thanked us. Thus, we died!

Who are some of the celebrities to have worn your clothes?

SJP [Sarah Jessica Parker], Amal Clooney, Solange Knowles, Isabella Rossellini, Melissa George, Giovanna Battaglia, Julianne Moore, Dakota Johnson, the list goes on.

If you could dress anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Tilda Swinton, Nina Simone, Diana Vreeland, Tina Chow – because they are style icons.

What is a typical day for you when you’re not working?

Sleep in, brunch, dry cleaning, art gallery visit or film, dinner, cocktails!

If you hadn’t gone into fashion, what would you be doing?

I’d be a food critic. I can’t stop eating – everything – and would love to be paid to do so.

What are your favourite restaurants?

I love anything Asian. My favourite Chinese is Grand Sichuan and Japanese is Soba-ya, both in the East Village [of New York], where I live. In Sydney I love Quay, East Ocean, Fratelli Paradiso.


WE WENT TO Missy French, Potts Point

WE ATE Woodside goat’s curd, leek and caramelised honey tart; sauteed veal sweetbreads with peas, mint and lemon.

WE DRANK Champagne and sparkling mineral water.

I WORE Bec & Bridge Liberty Twist Midi dress

Photography by Michele Mossop

Date with Kate, Fashion


29th November, 2015

Lunch with Jesinta Campbell at Cured & Cultured Bar, Bennelong.

Jesinta Campbell is a model, television host and winner of the 2010 Miss Universe Australia title. The 24-year-old is engaged to Lance “Buddy” Franklin of the Sydney Swans. She talked to me about her wedding plans, the difficulties she and Franklin have faced in the past year amid reports he has been affected by mental-health issues, and her role as an ambassador for hair-product maker Joico’s “Joi of Giving” campaign.

I keep reading headlines that you’re getting married in December. Is that not true?

No. Not true at all! [Laughs] We’ve actually never set a date for the wedding. We weren’t ever going to get married this year. So, it’s quite funny that everyone thinks that we are. I remember getting off a plane and reading, “Jesinta gets married in six weeks.” I thought to myself, “Shit. I’ve got to get my dress. I’ve got to get guest list.” We always wanted a long engagement and to enjoy it. There has never been any rush for us. And it’s not really going to be a big affair anyway. It’s going to be quite intimate.

Can you give away any wedding plans? 

Just something really small and intimate. We’re both really close with our families so; it’s going to be quite a small affair. I always keep reading everywhere that it’s going to be so lavish and glamorous and there’s going to be like an A list, like star-studded [event] and I’m like, “We don’t even have famous friends. What is this?” [Laughs]. It’s just going to be really, really simple and it’s just about celebrating us, our love and our families.

Buddy has had a tough year, how is he going? 

He’s good. We just take each day as it comes. It has been really difficult. I’ve continued working throughout the entire process, which has taken its toll on me. I’m quite exhausted from it all. I think the hardest thing with all of it is that it’s being played out really publicly.

It must be hard having it all played out publicly.

Yes, that’s the hardest thing. This is something that has required a lot of privacy and unfortunately, we haven’t really been granted that. I think, looking back on it, yes, it has hindered his recovery and his well-being and my well-being too and it’s just really sad that we weren’t given the respect that was needed for it. I think what people fail to realise sometimes is, yes, he is a sports star and yes, I’m doing whatever it is that I’m doing, but we’re human beings and you’re playing with two people’s lives here. It’s really delicate and really fragile and I think people just need to be really wary of that… People have been a little bit nasty too. There have been some people in the media that have just said some really incredibly nasty and hurtful things that are just so left of field and so wrong in this day and age.

How do you keep strong while being such a pillar of support?

I think I’m probably stronger in the public eye than I am behind closed doors. It has definitely been really hard. But my family has definitely been a great thing for me to be able to lean on. I’ve been talking to lots of people and that’s really important as well, not to bottle it up. I’m definitely stronger in the public. There has been a lot of times that I’ve had my full hair and makeup done and I’ve had to go and get it touched up because I’ve been in tears on the way to work. But, you’ve just got to keep going. That’s unfortunately, the way that it is. You’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do and the best way you can as well. You can’t always choose the cards you’re dealt with in life and you’ve just got to do what you can with the cards that are in your hands.

Has Buddy decided to play next year?

Yes. Buddy is playing next year. He is back into training, which is fantastic. He is looking really fit and strong, which is great. We actually have been training a little bit together and I went for a run with him the other day. It was so hard because his one step is about five of mine! [Laughs]

How do you stay fit?

For me, fitness is about nutrition, your exercise and also to sleep and relaxation as well. So when I talk about fitness, I think, it’s a whole package. It’s my job at the end of the day.

What’s next for you? 

I’m obviously continuing my relationship with David Jones next year, which is really exciting for me. I’m just taking every day as it comes and they’ve been an amazing company to work for. And then, I’m launching a shop on my website at the end of this year, which will be really exciting.

What are your plans for Christmas?

Christmas is all about family. We actually don’t give presents within our family. We donate whatever we would spend on each other for presents to charity.

Tell me about your role with Starlight and JOICO.

This is the second year I’ve signed up with JOICO. It’s all about granting wishes to kids over Christmas and it’s through the Starlight Foundation.

What makes you so passionate about the kids and this cause?

Children are so innocent. They’ve done nothing wrong. They don’t deserve to be [sick]. I think, especially for someone like me, who is in such a privileged position, it’s so important to give back to them and just to hear their stories.

How can people get involved?

They can just buy the Christmas gift packs online and a percentage of that goes towards the Starlight Foundation or you can make a direct donation.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In five years’ time, I’d definitely like to be more in charge of my business and be seen as a businesswoman. At the moment, whenever I see my little bio it’s like TV presenter, model, personality, celebrity. But, I’m glad to be seen as a businesswoman. I think that’s really important. I’m still young. I’m only 24. I feel like I’ve got a long way to go.


WE WENT TO Cured & Cultured, Bennelong.

WE ATE Raw Mooloolaba yellow fin tuna with mushroom soy, pickled white radish and sesame oil; Roasted carrot salad with almonds, sherry caramel, feta and amaranthByron Bay pig culatello, barley toast, truffle butter and radishes

WE DRANK Wild Kombucha by Ballsy

JESINTA WORE a Dion Lee dress.

I WORE a Lover dress.

Photography: Edwina Pickles

Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Emma Freedman

8th November, 2015
Breakfast with Emma Freedman. Photo: Janie Barrett

Breakfast with Emma Freedman. Photo: Janie Barrett

Emma Freedman is an Australian television personality and radio presenter. She is also the daughter of five-time Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer Lee Freedman. Emma, 26, talks to me about winning Dancing with the Stars this year, her new radio venture and, as an ambassador for David Jones, her love of fashion on the field during racing season.

What’s a day in the life of you?

At the moment, a day in the life would be getting up pretty early to exercise. So, yoga, run, Pilates, something like that, wanting to try and keep my dancer’s figure. And at the moment I’m going through the second edit of my young-adults novel called Turning Pointes. It’s about a ballet school and for nine- to 13-year-old girls.

What was it like to win Dancing with the Stars?

It was a big win and we weren’t expecting it. I had worked really hard. But I think the biggest thing that I got out of it was the incredible friends you make on the show, because you’re all going through this really weird ride together and having to kind of muster up the courage to get out there and … perform a dance you’ve learnt three days before.

You say you had to muster the courage … were you able to let go?

Totally. Everyone is used to seeing you in gumboots in the morning weather and there you are [dancing] … and it’s like, “Here’s my body, Australia” [laughs].

Are you enjoying your new radio role as host of The Scoopla Show and national drive news presenter on 2DayFM? 

Radio is awesome because I can go in dressed mostly in whatever I want. It’s delivering news or entertainment news and you’ve got to make it a bit engaging. People want to be able to listen to you and have an image in their mind as to what you’re talking about. So I like that creative element.

Everyone was shocked when you left Channel 9.

Yes, everyone was very shocked, including myself! When everyone asks me still what happened, I can only kind of tell them what I know, which is that it was budget cuts and possibly a different direction for the couple of shows that I was working on.

Do you miss live TV?

I do, but I don’t at the same time. I get my live fix each night with radio because it’s an adrenalin rush.

You and your family are heavily involved with racing. What were your commitments during the Spring Carnival?

My big two projects were with David Jones on Caulfield Cup Day and then Lexus Design Pavilion on Derby and Cup.

Do you prefer the fashion or the racing side when it comes to races?

Oh, that’s like the hardest question in the world. It’s like choosing between children. I do love the racing side, to be honest. I love that kind of old-world feel, that kind of tradition that racing has around it as a sport – and particularly this time of year, I think. I’m so full of admiration for all the trainers and jockeys and owners and everyone who works at the stables across the country … I do love the fashion side of it as well though, obviously, and I think that’s only natural for a young woman to have a kind of fondness for that part of racing. But it would be by the shortest of like half-noses; racing as a sport would win over fashion.

You have done many interesting stories in your journalistic career. What’s the most memorable moment for you?

One of my most amazing was hosting a show last year with Usain Bolt. And then, one of the stories that I’m most proud of that I put to air was a profile piece on Tommy Berry, who I absolutely adore. If he has a winner on a big day, I still text him and he always replies back. He’s such a sweetheart. And then, in the last kind of eight or nine months, I guess, I’m just really proud that I was able to get back on the horse quickly with Jules [Lund, her co-host on The Scoopla Show]. I don’t often say I’m proud of myself because I’m so self-critical and I’m quite a big perfectionist. But I, honestly, can look back on that process and say, “I gave it everything”.

If you could have any job in media, what would be your dream role?

Honestly, I kind of think about things differently nowadays; I don’t think of like a one role that I would love. But I think of areas that I’d love to work in more. For me, whether it’s radio or television, like the live format is just, I want to keep doing it. Racing and sport, they’re both areas that I love and then I’ve developed knowledge and a keen interest in.

Who do you look up to and admire?

I think Edwina Bartholomew – her work, right at the moment, is through the roof. I’ve seen it first-hand and I think she’s just an amazing woman to do what she does. Bruce McAvaney – obviously he’s just the Dwayne of sport – I love how he stuck to his guns over the years. What he does works for him. He has become this figure of like eternal knowledge. He works so hard at it. In radio, I do look up to Jules. He’ll love me saying that. But he’ll also be embarrassed by that at the same time. Jules is like a hard worker. But he is a really kind soul.

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m so boring – I don’t have any weird hobbies. But, mostly, I exercise. I eat great food and cook great food – not always great in terms of quality, but in terms of nutritional value. I have a good glass of red, watch the footy, hang out with friends.


WE WENT TO The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach.

WE ATE Market fruit plate with yoghurt and honey; avocado and tomato on charred toast with goat’s curd and fresh basil; buttermilk scones.

WE DRANK Mixed fruit juices.

EMMA WORE A Camilla and Marc dress and Scanlan Theodore boots.

I WORE a Zara shirt and Skin and Threads jeans.



Date with Kate, Fashion

Date with Kate: Erin Wasson

6th September, 2015
Chatting to Erin Wasson. Photo: Jake Terrey

Chatting to Erin Wasson. Photo: Jake Terrey

American model Erin Wasson​ has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle and Esquire magazines and walked for designers from Armani to Balenciaga​ and Victoria’s Secret. During a visit to Australia to launch Re: Denim into David Jones, the 33-year-old chatted to me about growing up in Texas, the best beauty secret she’s learned, and her biggest pinch-me moment.

What is a day in the life of you?

It depends on the week. I’m mostly based out of California now and I live in Venice … I’ve got my office at my home so I try to work out of my home as much as possible. But for the most part, if I’m not working, I have a horse so I ride as much as I can.

What are you doing while in Australia?

I’m here for the launch of RE: Denim here at David Jones. It’ll be a new brand for them to be carrying in stores. Anybody that knows me knows I’m a diehard denim fan. So I’m happy to be here and to be the face of the brand.

Tell me about the label. 

RE: Denim is eco-conscious. It’s all sustainably sourced cotton – all of the actual cotton fibres come from plastic bottles, which is so the way to the future.

If you could only own one pair of jeans, what style would they be?

I really like the skinny [leg] cut.
What was it like growing up in Texas?

I lived outside – we would actually come home when the streetlights came on. We’d be outside playing or running around the ditches and in big open fields. I had just a simple, normal upbringing.

How did you get your big break into modelling?

My dad turned my picture in for a modelling contest for the Dallas Morning News when I was a kid at 15. He didn’t tell me about it. And I got a call back and I ended up winning the local contest there in Texas. I worked locally in Texas for a couple of years and then moved to New York at 18 and the rest is kind of history. The first photographer that I met was Mario Testino. He gave me my big break and one of my first jobs was for American Vogue with Mario Testino. I got really lucky, man!

What was it like when you first met Mario? 

I had no clue who he was. I walked in, I handed over this piece of paper with four Polaroids [as my portfolio]. A couple of weeks later I was in LA shooting with him for American Vogue. He really took a chance on me and I owe a lot of my career to him.

What has been your biggest pinch-me moment? 

The day that I signed with Maybelline was huge because not only is it prestigious to be the face of a brand but it also gives you quite a lot of financial stability in a very finicky business. I’m very proud to say that I was with them for 13 years. They were with me from the time that I was 18 until I was a grown woman, so they became a family and they watched me grow up and watched me come into myself.

What’s your top beauty secret you learnt while modelling?

Just f—ing sleep, babe! (Laughs.) Honestly, it’s one of those funny things; there are no tricks that I know that nobody else doesn’t know. I just know that I will always look my best if I get a good night’s sleep. No amount of concealer can hide it [if I haven’t].

What has been the best advice that you’ve ever been given?

I always tell people; “You’ve got to check out to check in.” It’s really important to take time for yourself. It’s important to check out and get off the grid and just don’t look in the mirror and don’t think about you as a “face” or as anything. I always tell girls, “Don’t forget those things you really loved to do before you got into this industry.” You’ve really got to continue to have hobbies and things that you are passionate about. When I’m not working, I’m out at the stable and riding my horse. While I’m on my horse I don’t think about anything else. I just think about me and her and that relationship.

What’s something that people don’t know about you and would be surprised to find out?

I’m a really f—ing good cook! (Laughs.) I love to cook. I’m far more domesticated I think than people realise. I think over the years, people think “Oh my gosh. She is so rock’n’roll.” I hear all these funny things. I’m really a homebody. I love to cook. I love to entertain. I love to be home. I’m kind of a lot less crazy than I think people paint me out to be.

What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

According to the world, I live the most interesting life in the world. According to most, I’m out there living a crazy good life. [But really] I’m sitting on my couch reading a book. Everyone thinks that I go to one rock concert after the next and I’m always out at some bar slinging beers back. I mean, there’s a time and a place for that, but at the end of the day I’m far more relaxed I think than my public persona portrays me as.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

More patience, being less reactionary. I don’t look at the things that I would like to change about myself on a physical level. It’s more metaphysical and psychological. I want to become more empathetic. I want to become more patient. I want to become more kind. All those things … we’re all striving for as we get older.

What’s next in the pipeline?

I’m launching my fine-jewellery collection. And I’ve been designing a clothing line for a brand called PacSun, which is sort of like a younger demographic company that has got a bunch of stores and malls all over America. So between that it keeps me pretty busy. [And] I’m working on launching an equine company. I want to do the street version of equestrian wear. I want to call it Buck Off!

If you hadn’t become a model what would you be doing? 

I would have been a chef. I would have some amazing little restaurant, maybe a little bed and breakfast somewhere, near the sea where people would come in and I cook for them and they tell me their stories and we play records … Who knows, there’s still time!


WE WENT TO St. James Station, Sydney CBD
WE ATE canapes of hand cut truffle fries with shaved reggiano, charred kingfish tortilla with chilli, lime and toasted corn salsa, buttermilk popcorn chicken with chilli and cilantro.
WE DRANK Chandon Brut and San Pellegrino Water.
ERIN WORE  RE: Denim, Witchery sheer jumpsuit & Sandro Jacket.

I WORE A Dion Lee dress, Balenciaga leather jacket and Alaia boots.