Zoe O’Brien

Life af­ter The Bach­e­lor

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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.”

In­ter­view: Rhi­an­non Gavalakis Pho­tog­ra­phy: Holly Curtis

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

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