The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

HOME­GROWN su­per­model Jess

Hart is one of our most suc­cess­ful ex­ports on the in­ter­na­tional stage. A Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model, Sports Il­lus­trated star, Vogue cover girl and in­ter­na­tional de­signer run­way dar­ling, she’s ticked off all the big model mo­ments.

And while she loves the glam­our life in New York, the 32-year-old gap-toothed beauty is en­ter­ing a new phase – in her life and her ca­reer. “I’m grate­ful I’m in a po­si­tion to be a lit­tle more se­lec­tive these days,” she says. “My 20s were all about build­ing and main­tain­ing my ca­reer pro­file; now in my 30s I feel I can carry the ex­pe­ri­ence through and col­lab­o­rate more with my work.”

In an in­dus­try that has been no­to­ri­ously bru­tal to women of a cer­tain age, Hart is in­stead em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties and con­fi­dence that come with ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You def­i­nitely have more wis­dom as you get older and I re­ally love that as­pect. I love be­ing a woman ver­sus a girl.

“You can never not help feel­ing that you haven’t done enough but I’m try­ing to give my­self the free­dom to ac­cept that and let the uni­verse take its course.”

Hart (pic­tured) is ex­cited to be re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia as a spe­cial guest at the Stella Ar­tois Caulfield Cup next Satur­day in Mel­bourne.

“I can­not wait, I’m so look­ing for­ward to be­ing home. I haven’t been to the races in Aus­tralia for so long. It re­ally is our thing, we have this spe­cial vibe at the races,” she says. “I love my life abroad – the US very much feels like home now – but com­ing back feels nat­u­ral and warm­ing. There’s a smell to Aus­tralia, the minute you walk off the plane it’s in­tox­i­cat­ing.”

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