Life after The Bachelor
Tell ME about life after The Bachelor. What has the experience been like?
“It was very strange (at the start), I was overseas when the first season of The Bachelor aired, so I guess I didn’t know how big it was and I was a bit removed from reality television. I didn’t realise that people would recognise me on the street.”
Do you think it changed your life for the better?
“I think it has been a great opportunity as a pharmacist and for someone who wants to do health promotion to use that (television exposure) to my advantage — it provided a lot of opportunities that I may not have had otherwise. After 10 days, the fundraiser I created for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam raised almost $4000. The generosity of people blew me away and I think the exposure (from being on The Bachelor helped get the word out).”
You went into The Bachelor house looking for love, but you became great friends with the girls you were — in a sense — competing against. Did that surprise you?
“I was really open to dating Australia’s most eligible bachelor, but when I got there I think the real story was probably the friendships I made. You spend 24 hours a day for three-and-ahalf months with these girls and you can’t help but fall in love with them. I have stayed in close contact with Sam, Laurina and Chantal, and I still speak to Jess and Louise occasionally. I don’t know too much about Lou’s relationship with Blake; when I speak to her it is more just, ‘Hey Lou, how are you?’ you know — that girly banter like we had in the house.”
What are you up to now with work, and what is on the cards for the future?
“I am a locum pharmacist; basically, in advance when different hospitals or pharmacies need a pharmacist, they book me and then I go and do that for them. I have also completed a television presenter course because it gives you media training and I would love to get in to presenting — but health-promotion-wise. It is not a role that really exists, I sort of need to invent it, but I have been emceeing a lot of charity runs to get that experience. My schedule is busy, but it is very fun.”
It sounds like a whirlwind. How do you create balance in your life?
“I like being active and having things going on, and they are all really positive things, but I think trying to be really organised with your schedule for the next day is the key. If I start work at 6.30 am, I sometimes even jot down in my diary to wash hair at 5.30 am or dry hair by 6 am and leave by 6.10 am. During the day I will plan at lunch time if I need to go pick up a dress that I am wearing for an event that night.” >>> 24
How do you stay healthy?
I exercise at least once a day, and I am a sneaky exerciser as well. I will take any opportunity to fit in exercise. If there is an escalator or stairs, I always take the stairs; and I definitely prefer working-out outdoors.
With my diet, I eat healthy five days a week, and on the weekend I am not as strict — I will go out for breakfast or lunch and have drinks with the girls.
You’re recognised as a style icon. How does that feel?
“I went from wearing dresses, Havaianas and bathers every day to suddenly being recognised (in the fashion scene), but we had stylists in the house and I also had a friend who owns a boutique who helped me out beforehand, so I guess I have had a bit of guidance as to what I should wear. It is cool, I never thought anyone would recognise me as a style icon!”
Who decides what you wear for events?
”I have a couple of different stylists and depending on what event it is they will contact me, but generally I have a say in what I want to wear or what I am looking for.”
Floral dress, from Pialia Boutique
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
This colourful dress is flirty and fun, with the blue tones making the hue of Zoe’s eyes stand out. The bright heels are the perfect finishing touch.
What make-up do you use? I use MAC, that is what the make-up artists use on me as well and it has a camera finish. How do you get your curls so perfect? I had an event last night so the curls today are still professionally styled from that, but normally I just put in L’Oreal Spiral Splendour when my hair is wet and then I scrunch it — then it just does its own thing.
Left: Textured dress blouse, leggings, snood and tunic from Pialia Boutique Bag: Saint Laurent Shoes: Jannifer Modo This all-black ensemble is sleek, and the different fabrics make it multidimensional. “This is my favourite outfit, I love the way the different textures (of each of the elements) contrast against one another,” Zoe said.
Above: Zoe O’Brien stunned in this red Alex Perry dress at Berrigan Race Club for the Finley Autumn Race Day in March. Here she poses with Fashions on the Field ‘Lady of the Day’ Amy Batten. Picture Sophie Burge