BREE MADDOX, 15 YEARS ON
FROM Penthouse Pet to playing house, a lot has changed for Bree Maddox in 15 years.
The City Beach career woman and mother of two, Max (2) and Charlotte (six months), made a name for herself as the Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2000, then two years later launched her internet marketing business.
The same year, she appeared on the front page of the Western Suburbs Weekly’s May 28 edition in 2002 after posing for a portrait for artist Gary Speak.
Ms Maddox now divides her time between running The Court Hotel and her two bundles of joy, but admitted that in 2002, children were not on her radar.
“I never wanted children until I had them; I had my dogs and I was very happy,” she said.
“Then all of a sudden my life changed and I wanted a family.
“The last three years I’ve been pregnant or breast feeding plus trying to run the business – it’s been crazy.
“Having children has definitely been the biggest change and I think having children intensifies every emotion in your life.
“It has been the biggest lifechanging event for the better.”
Ms Maddox prides herself on self-discipline and focus, which has led to a successful career.
“When I started my internet marketing business, I worked from home on my own,” she said.
“I never turned on the television while I worked and I only ditched work for the beach twice.
“Now I have 50 staff and my days are crazy and sometimes my calendar has to be thrown out the window because some emergency is happening, so I have to be more flexible.
“There has definitely been a change in career from working on my own at home to having a bunch of crazy staff who I love dearly.”
Above: The 2002 cover. Top: Bree Maddox with children Charlotte and Max Hayler and Cookie Monster the dog.