Jen’s a model big sis­ter

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV - ZOE NAU­MAN

AS the new host of Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model, Jennifer Hawkins is the first to ad­mit her knowl­edge may not be ex­pert when it comes to the world wide cat­walk.

But while she may not have the kind of ex­per­tise needed to give a ground­ing in the in­ter­na­tional fash­ion fra­ter­nity, she says her ex­pe­ri­ence is a “pos­i­tive not a neg­a­tive thing” when it comes to coach­ing the girls on the Fox­tel show.

She kick- started her ca­reer by tak­ing the crown of Miss Uni­verse 2004, and then added TV, swimwear de­sign and a role as the face of Myer to her CV.

Hawkins said the Next Top Model ex­pe­ri­ence was com­pletely dif­fer­ent to when she got into the in­dus­try.

“The girls are go­ing into a part of the in­dus­try which is mod­el­ling in­clud­ing the Euro­pean cat­walk so you can’t re­ally put it up against any­one else’s in­dus­try,” she said.

“I think with what I have gone through, it has been re­ally di­verse and I have had a bite of dif­fer­ent parts of the in­dus­try.

“I think it is nice to give them ad­vice on all parts of it, not just cat­walk and mod­el­ling.

“I think you can take things from your own ex­pe­ri­ences and share it, but es­sen­tially they have to be their own per­son and do their own thing.

“If you are try­ing to be some­one else and have the same ca­reer as some­one else it never works.”

Now in its eighth sea­son, Hawkins takes the helm of Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model from Sarah Mur­doch, and is joined by old favourites Alex Perry and Char­lotte Daw­son, as well as new judge Di­dier Co­hen.

She says of the team they have “re­ally meshed” but ad­mits Perry has told her to “man up” when it comes to giv­ing the con­tes­tants the bad news they have to leave the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am try­ing to keep it to­gether and they are welling up and I am like: I am go­ing to die. I am go­ing to die. This is re­ally hard it’s re­ally tough. There is no easy way out of it.”

She says she ad­vises the girls when they ask for it, and has placed her­self in a big sis­ter role on the show.

The model’s main mantra to them is: “You have to di­ver­sify your­self and ed­u­cate your­self. Don’t be ar­ro­gant. It’s about grow­ing as a woman.”

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