``How many biki­nis do I own? oh god, at least 100´´

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Stellar - - Q & A - The Seafolly Sum­mer 3 col­lec­tion is out now; seafolly.com.au.

Jess Hart spends a lot of time by the wa­ter. When the 30-year-old New York-based model isn’t sail­ing in St Tropez, she’s ly­ing on a beach in Capri. To­day, the bronzed blonde is wad­ing in the shal­lows of a se­cluded is­land in the Whit­sun­days. Hart ap­pre­ci­ates the free­dom of the ocean: “I live in such a crazy city; be­ing by the ocean makes you re­alise you’re a re­ally small part of a huge planet. It’s just nice to have that mo­ment in such an open space.”

Not sur­pris­ingly, Hart has an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of swim­suits. “How many biki­nis do I own? Oh god. I don’t know. I lit­er­ally still have Seafolly biki­nis from the first time I shot with them. I don’t get rid of many, so I have a lot – like at least 100,” she ad­mits.

Hart shot her first Seafolly cam­paign in 2010 and jumped at the chance to front its Sum­mer 3 col­lec­tion. “Seafolly shoots go down in his­tory for me,” she says. “It’s like the best of the best. We have so much fun and go to th­ese beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions.”

For the Stel­lar fash­ion shoot, the team based them­selves on a boat off Hamil­ton Is­land. “It was quite a lux­ury,” says Hart. “The guy that owns the boat has a beauty school in Mel­bourne called Elly Lukas, so there was a masseuse on board. We were pretty spoilt – that’s not nor­mal.”

Lux­ury boats aside, Hart in­sists mod­el­ling does have its down­sides. “We have very early call times and work re­ally long days. I mean, we start at 4.30 in the morn­ing and fin­ish at around 7pm. That’s def­i­nitely the hard­est part, es­pe­cially on top of jet lag.”

Quick, some­one call a masseuse…

(above) Seafolly Swim swim­suit, $200, seafolly. com.au; Strateas.car­lucci trench coat (on arms), $2376, strateas­car­lucci.com; Ken­neth Jay Lane

(top right) Mat­icevski skirt, $3500, ton­i­mat­icevski.com; Seafolly san­dals, $120, as be­fore; Jess’s own toe ring (worn through­out)

(right) Seafolly play­suit, $170, as be­fore; Acler top (worn un­der­neath), $250, acler.com.au; Bally belt, $475, 1800 781 851

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