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Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Steven Chee

Jen­nifer Hawkins talks busi­ness, fam­ily, and her dreams for the next decade

When we were think­ing about a cover star for our epic birth­day is­sue, one name dom­i­nated the chat: Jen­nifer Hawkins. The Miss Uni­verse turned model, pre­sen­ter and en­tre­pre­neur em­bod­ies the kind of Aussie girl Women’s Health is all about – smart, fun, fit and health-savvy, but still happy over a wine (or a te­quila, in Jen’s case!) and bowl of pasta. For­tu­nately, she agreed to come on board, which is how we found our­selves brows­ing swim­suits and eat­ing eggs on toast with the 33-year-old at our Sydney pho­to­shoot. Sure, it’s early on a Satur­day, but the self­con­fessed ‘morn­ing per­son’ is a sea­soned pro in front of the cam­era and has a Won­der Woman work ethic. No sur­prise there: she has four busi­nesses (the Jbronze tan range, Cozi swimwear and award­win­ning Se­sión Te­quila with hus­band Jake Wall, along­side the cou­ple’s work in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment), plus am­bas­sador­ships with Col­gate and Myer.

Yep, life is pretty frickin’ busy – but, as Jen tells us af­ter the cam­eras are packed away, she wouldn’t have it any other way...

WE'RE CEL­E­BRAT­ING 10 YEARS OFWH. HOW DO YOU RE­FLECT ON YOUR PAST DECADE?

It’s been so crazy! I do look back of­ten and think, ‘Wow, how did we get here?’ Yes, I’ve worked my butt off, but some­times it’s nice to sit back and go, ‘You know what, I’ve been given great op­por­tu­ni­ties and I’m just re­ally grate­ful for ev­ery­thing and for the peo­ple I have around me’.

OUR SHOOT KICKED OFF AT 7AM - BUT WHAT ARE YOUR MORNINGS TYP­I­CALLY LIKE?

I like to get up and run on the tread­mill in our home gym, or I go for a walk out­side. I tend to ex­er­cise in the morn­ing or af­ter work, be­cause there’s just too much hap­pen­ing in the day. I also do a pi­lates ses­sion with a trainer once a week, usu­ally on a Satur­day morn­ing, and I’ve been do­ing lots of weight-re­sis­tance train­ing and yoga, too. Even just 30 min­utes [of yoga] a day is like mov­ing med­i­ta­tion.

It’s hi­lar­i­ous – my Staffie dog Milly watches me. I thought maybe she’d come over and lick me, but she just sits and doesn’t do a thing!

WHAT DOES REG­U­LAR EX­ER­CISE DO FOR YOU?

It’s for the mind as well as the body. Aes­thet­i­cally, you get the bonus of what it does to your body, but pri­mar­ily I work out for en­ergy, for what it does to my brain and for the en­dor­phins it brings. If you’re hav­ing a bad day and you’re over­whelmed, or even if you’re just tired or jet lagged, get on the tread­mill or el­lip­ti­cal and just sweat it out. Or when you’re run­ning or do­ing yoga, it kind of puts things into per­spec­tive and you’re cen­tred and can start again.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TYP­I­CAL DAY ON A PLATE.

Break­fast is oats with chia, flaxseed, prunes, banana and straw­ber­ries – that type of com­bi­na­tion. Or I have fried or poached eggs on sour­dough toast with lots of olive oil – I’m ob­sessed with olive oil – and maybe av­o­cado. I have a pretty big break­fast, and also start with hot lemon wa­ter. I snack be­tween meals be­cause I need the en­ergy if I’m ex­er­cis­ing. I [work with] Free­dom Foods and they’ve got bars with lots of fi­bre, so they keep you go­ing for a long time. For lunch, it’s a chicken salad or wrap, then an orange or pear in the afternoon. And din­ner is veg­eta­bles, a chicken schnitzel, steak or fish. Jake and I love pasta, too.

BE­ING AN EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR IS A HUGE PART OF YOUR LIFE. HAVE YOU AL­WAYS BEEN IN­TER­ESTED IN BUSI­NESS?

I guess when you’re younger, you don’t re­ally know what you’re go­ing to morph into. I’ve al­ways tried not to box my­self in, so even when I was do­ing part­time jobs I had about three on the go – [do­ing] re­tail, re­cep­tion­ist work – and I went to TAFE and did busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions. I didn’t know ex­actly what I wanted, but I had a good work ethic. It’s about al­ways ed­u­cat­ing your­self, which I still do now.

LET'S TALK TE­QUILA - HOW DID SE­SIÓN COME ABOUT?

Jake and I were over­seas and started drink­ing te­quila – then we saw it be­com­ing more pop­u­lar wher­ever we trav­elled. Some te­quila is ter­ri­ble [laughs], but ours isn’t – we didn’t want to [start the busi­ness] if it wasn’t great. Ours is [made from] 100 per cent blue agave. For us to be able to do that, we went to [see] a dis­tiller in Mex­ico through a con­tact we had – and that’s where we ended up sign­ing with our agave field. A friend who was in the liquor busi­ness is now our busi­ness part­ner. So it just started from our love of be­ing to­gether with friends drink­ing te­quila!

WHAT BUSI­NESS LESSONS DO YOU WISH YOU'D KNOWN RIGHT BACK AT THE START?

Know your strengths and then hire a great team you trust: I’ve got a small net­work, but I trust them like noth­ing else. We brain-dump and talk about our wildest dreams. That’s re­ally im­por­tant – that you don’t feel silly – be­cause oth­er­wise you can’t grow the busi­ness. I love hearing what other peo­ple think. Also, learn as you go – but you have

to trust your in­stincts. With dif­fer­ent opin­ions fly­ing around, you have to have your vi­sion and know where you’re go­ing, but not be too rigid with the meth­ods of get­ting there.

WHICH WOMEN DO YOU MOST AD­MIRE?

My mum. She worked three jobs, so just her work ethic. She had such resilience and strength, and that’s re­ally in­spir­ing be­cause she did that with four kids. The other per­son is Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton. I’ve read her books, and Thrive was re­ally, re­ally great – she gives point­ers on how to deal with work but also how to step away from it. Also, [US model turned en­tre­pre­neur] Kathy Ire­land. I love what she stands for and how she’s built a jug­ger­naut of a busi­ness. She’s a real mogul.

FE­MALE EM­POW­ER­MENT IS A HUGE THEME RIGHT NOW. IS IT SOME­THING YOU'RE FEEL­ING?

I stepped into my 30s and I did feel a sense of strength. You’re your own per­son and I guess you learn how to say ‘no’. My 30s have been about re-eval­u­at­ing ev­ery­thing and say­ing ‘yes’ to the things that re­ally mat­ter. I also think I have a real strength when it comes to my work, but I’ve got another side that’s kind of soft­en­ing. It’s OK to be strong, but it’s OK to be vul­ner­a­ble some­times, too. That’s where I’m at.

WHAT DOES YOUR PER­FECT WEEK­END LOOK LIKE?

When my fam­ily was over re­cently, we had a bar­be­cue, went for a long walk in the bush and down to the wa­ter. We just chill out to­gether. If it’s Jake and I on a nor­mal week­end, we’ll prob­a­bly ex­er­cise and take Milly for a walk or go to the movies. I love the movies: hav­ing pop­corn and chill­ing out is one of my favourite things. Or hav­ing break­fast then cook­ing din­ner to­gether – all those lit­tle things. Some­times I think to my­self, ‘I’m glad I’ve got some­one that I get ex­cited to do those lit­tle things with’.

WHICH CAUSES MEAN A LOT TO YOU? AND WHY...

Daf­fodil Day is very im­por­tant be­cause it deals with can­cers – my mum had her kid­ney out [af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer], and my dad with prostate – so I re­ally sup­port [it]. I’m also a pa­tron to The Hunter Chil­dren’s Re­search Foun­da­tion, which is in the Hunter [NSW], where my home town is. I re­ally love The Sal­va­tion Army, too.

LASTLY, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR­SELF IN 10 YEARS?

I guess I want to build a life that I don’t need a vacation from. To just con­tinue re-eval­u­at­ing ev­ery­thing and pri­ori­tis­ing peo­ple in my life. I’d love to be liv­ing near the wa­ter and have a fam­ily. I al­ways joke with Jake that I’d love to have a farm. That’s not hap­pen­ing, but my dream would be to have one with a mil­lion Staffies around me be­cause I’m ob­sessed!

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