Jen’s a model big sister
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.”