MODEL MUM

From be­ing a mum to a model, Rosie Luik fol­lows her dream

QT Magazine - - OUR PEOPLE - DAR­REN HALLESY DAR­REN.HALLESY@QT.COM.AU

In life, often there are peo­ple who refuse to stay down, no mat­ter what life throws at them.

Rosie Luik is one such ex­am­ple.

She has over­come a busi­ness fail­ure and a litany of health prob­lems to to­day be a proud wife, mother of four chil­dren, model, tv pre­sen­ter and even at one point a sur­ro­gate mother to twins that made na­tional and in­ter­na­tional head­lines. Ev­ery time she posts a pic­ture on her In­sta­gram ac­count, po­ten­tially al­most 200,000 peo­ple see it, plus she’s a pub­lished au­thor.

That’s a lot to pack in, and she’s only 33.

Even though she grew up in Bris­bane, she’s a proud lo­cal and ex­plained that it was her hus­band Adrian who fell in love with Ip­swich and con­vinced her to move.

“My hus­band and I have been to­gether since I was 18 and early into our re­la­tion­ship we started our own busi­ness, which re­quired a lot of driv­ing around,“Rosie said.

“One day Adrian had a job at Spring­field and he called me say­ing that he felt like he’d driven into an advertisement. He said, ‘we have to move here’.

“So he took me on a drive and we looked at land. At the time it was just dirt, trees and a school in Au­gus­tine Heights and I thought no­body is ever go­ing to move out here, but within two weeks we had a block.”

Adrian and Rosie al­ways wanted four kids. That was al­ways the plan, and three days af­ter her 21st birth­day their first daugh­ter was born.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to be a mum, we both wanted four kids and we both wanted to start ear­lier rather than later. As I had al­ways strug­gled with en­dometrio­sis, we were also ad­vised it would be best to or po­ten­tially not be par­ents at all. I’m one of four, he’s one of two, and I have great mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in a big fam­ily.”

Just prior to their world chang­ing in a big way, the cou­ple had two more chil­dren in 2008 and in 2009.

“The busi­ness had grown and was do­ing re­ally well, then the GFC hit and we got hit hard,” Rosie said. “We had lost ev­ery­thing that we had worked so hard and sac­ri­ficed so much for, our busi­ness and our home… but we still had each other, our kids and our health.”

Rosie had a friend who had tried to con­ceive many times using IVF, but the at­tempts had failed, and Rosie raised the prospect of car­ry­ing a child as a sur­ro­gate mother,

PHOTO: ROSIE LUIK

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