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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.

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

Fashion, Social

Derby Day: Lexus Design Pavilion

3rd November, 2014



Lexus Design Pavilion was the place to be on-track at Derby Day during the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival. Upon entry guests were blown away by the stunning flower installations by sustainable designer, Joost Bakker. Then upstairs Attica’s Ben Shewry presented a capsule restaurant concept. With a reservation waiting list extending three months and steadfast reputation as one of Australia’s foremost culinary names, the restaurant was one of the most anticipated and special experiences within the entire Birdcage. VIP guests included Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello, blogger Margaret Zhang, Jesinta Campbell and Emma Freedman.IMG_7270

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Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Jesinta Campbell

4th August, 2014
Picnic with Jesinta Campbell

Picnic with Jesinta Campbell

A former Miss Universe Australia, Jesinta Campbell, is gearing up to run the The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac next Sunday. The 22-year-old TV presenter tells Kate Waterhouse about preparing for the big race, staying away from the internet, and those engagement rumours with her boyfriend, Lance “Buddy” Franklin of the Sydney Swans.

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Fashion, Social

Magic Millions Raceday

17th January, 2014


The Magic Millions Raceday took place at the Gold Coast Turf Club. The VIP marquee was the place to be; guests were treated to flowing Moët & Chandon and a delicious menu by Matt Moran. The Magic Millions Sales and Raceday have established their reputation on the international racing scene, and have fast become “must be there” events worldwide for buyers, punters and fashionistas. Raceday wouldn’t be complete without Myer’s famous Fashions on the Field competition and this year Magic Millions will host the Queensland State Final.

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Fashion, Social

30 Days of Fashion and Beauty Launch

29th August, 2013
Hanging with Georgia May Jagger.

Hanging with Georgia May Jagger.

Jodi and Braith Anasta

Jodi and Braith Anasta

Jesinta Campbell.

Jesinta Campbell.

Jerry Hall & Georgia May Jagger.

Jerry Hall & Georgia May Jagger.

Emma Birdsall

Emma Birdsall

Terry Biviano.

Terry Biviano.


Leah Simmons, Laura Csortan and Jesinta Campbell.

Leah Simmons, Laura Csortan and Jesinta Campbell.

Georgia May Jagger and her mother Jerry Hall attended the 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty launch party at Sydney’s Town Hall last night. Georgia was an ambassador for the event along with Jesinta Campbell. The highlight of the night was when Delta Goodrem, dressed as Olivia Newton-John, sung Xanadu for the glamorous crowd. 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty is a line-up of events, fashion shows and competitions throughout September hosted by Bauer magazines.

Fashion, Social

Myer SS 2014 Collection Launch

9th August, 2013
Jen Hawkins in Manning Cartell.

Jen Hawkins in Manning Cartell.

Jodhi Meares

Jodhi Meares

sass & bide.

sass & bide.

Maddy King & Kris Smith.

Maddy King & Kris Smith.

Jodi and Braith Anasta.

Jodi and Braith Anasta.

Jesinta Campbell.

Jesinta Campbell.

Jennifer Hawkins.

Jennifer Hawkins.

Michael and Lindy Klim.

Michael and Lindy Klim.

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins.

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins.

Jen Hawkins in Aurelio Costarella.

Jen Hawkins in Aurelio Costarella.

Bridget & Frances Abbott.

Bridget & Frances Abbott.

Myer Ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith hit the runway for the Myer Spring Summer 2014 Collections on Thursday night. 500 VIP guests view the spectacular parade that showcased 62 models and over 200 new season looks by Myer’s stable of leading Australian designers. Staged at the enormous Stage 7 at Fox Studios, the 48 metre long catwalk was flanked by 100 metres of low lying abstract ravines elegantly inlayed with 1 tonne of richly coloured dust and glitter creating a setscape as far as the eye could see. Jennifer Hawkins made a stunning entrance in Manning Cartell to open the show. Jennifer took to the catwalk five more times through the show wearing designs from YB J”AIME, Leona Edmiston, Aurelio Costarella, Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins and Maticevski to close the show.

Photography: Lucas Dawson.

Fashion, Social

Hardy Brothers

25th July, 2013

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Jesinta Campbell and Cameron Williams.

Jesinta Campbell and Cameron Williams.

Kerrie McCallum, Nick Smith and Edwina McCann.

Kerrie McCallum, Nick Smith and Edwina McCann.

The Hardy Brothers 160 year anniversary dinner and media event was a truly special occasion. The event took place at Sydney’s Guardian Vaults. VIP guests included Governor of New South Wales Marie Bashir, Hardy Brothers General Manager Clifford Stockley, model Jesinta Campbell, former Olympian Stephanie Rice and Vogue Editor Edwina McCann. Cameron Williams hosted the evening and gorgeous models paraded some of Hardy Brothers stunning designs. I was lucky enough to be wearing the Diamantina 10 cluster earrings and solitaire ring to compliment my Carla Zampatti dress. The Diamantina 10 collection is new to Hardy Brothers and they contain the world’s brightest diamonds because they are the world’s most brilliant cut diamonds. They have 71 facets, instead of a traditional diamond’s 58 facets so they are stunningly luminous. They are just one of the collections Hardy Brothers has introduced for its anniversary year.

Date with Kate


9th June, 2013
Breakfast with former Miss Universe Jesinta Campbell.

Breakfast with former Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell.

Jesinta Campbell splits her time between modelling and being a presenter for Channel Nine. The former Miss Universe Australia is the ambassador for ASICS women’s apparel and the charity Reach. I caught up with the 21-year-old to talk about her role on Getaway, her time on The Celebrity Apprentice and her love life.

What are you up to at the moment?

I’m doing lots of travel with my role with Getaway, which is super fun. It’s my dream job. I grew up wanting to be Natalie Gruzlewski so it’s really surreal … I just did a three-week special in India with Brett Lee and that will air just after the Ashes. Then I went to the Galapagos Islands for a big media trip with Contiki tours. They asked me to Instagram and tweet for them and, while I was there, we made a documentary on sustainable travel, which was really interesting.

Is social media an important part of your role?

Yes, a lot of my contracts now include Facebooking, tweeting and Instagramming, and I really enjoy it, too. It gives you a voice and for you to have complete control of what you put out there. I think it’s a really powerful tool to connect with people. For instance, if I have a charity event, it’s great to raise awareness.

Do you find it hard to find a balance on what to reveal about yourself?

No, I’m pretty much an open book. I think it’s really important for people to see you for who you are and I don’t really hide much. I think it’s nice for people to see who you are off the red carpet as well. I’m normal, I’m like everyone, I get my heart broken and I break hearts and all those things.

Do you have a boyfriend?

No, this is my first ”date” all year! I’ve been busy; I’ve put [dating] on the backburner. I am enjoying my own company and not having to worry about someone else. Dating is pretty hard work; I find you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, and boys aren’t simple! People think girls are the complicated ones, but I actually think it’s the other way around.

You were often snapped by paparazzi with your ex Jordan Stenmark. Does that put a lot of pressure on a relationship?

Yes, it’s hard when you’re just starting out and people want to label whether you are ”boyfriend and girlfriend” … I think it is tricky for people who want to date me because you kind of have to expect that I live life in the limelight and I’m not a closed book. I’m private with things that I feel that need to stay with me, but I’m also quite open, so if people ask me questions I’m not going to lie about them. So yeah, that can be a bit tricky.

Was it a hard transition to go from modelling into TV presenting?

It came quite naturally and it wasn’t something I really set out to do. I started out doing some reporting for Channel Seven and then filling in on weather for Nine; and Celebrity Apprentice definitely opened a lot of doors for me.

Was being a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice a good experience?

Yes. It can either make you or break you. I think it depends how you conduct yourself during your time on the show, and I think it takes a certain kind of person to do well at it, and it has nothing to do with your intelligence. People think it’s a business show, that you have to be really smart. You just have to act in a way that is dignified, because people who don’t … end up looking horrible no matter how intelligent they are. It was such a good experience. I hope they do an ”all stars”!

What is next in the pipeline?

I have just shot a campaign for a brand that will get announced in July – that is exciting. I’m going to volunteer at an orphanage, in Cambodia or Africa, at the end of July. I was going to do a big Europe trip but I decided that I wanted to do something with a little more substance to it. I’m just going to go over and teach English, play sports and help out in nurseries. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do a for along time.

You are very mature for your age. Do you keep in contact with school friends?

I feel a lot older than I am. I read a quote and it said: ”Age is a number, it’s how you feel”, and some days I feel about 70 years old! I do keep in contact with them but our worlds are so far apart. I feel like I come back and I’m talking about interest rates, mortgages and electricity bills, and all that kind of stuff, and people are like, ”How old are you?” and I’m like, ”I can be fun, too … I promise!”


WE WENT TO Balmoral Boatshed, Balmoral beach.

WE ATE Granola with fruit and avocado on toast.

WE DRANK Coffee and tea.

I WORE Max Mara

JESINTA WORE Kirrily Johnston dress.

Photography: Jacky Ghossein