ALL ABOUT BROKE
If there’s a perfect word to describe Brooke Hogan on the day of our photo shoot, it’s ‘trooper’. The Sydney weather gods brought it all – ominous skies, torrential downpours – but, when the odd block of sunshine struck, there was Brooke working it like a true pro without a word of complaint. Not surprising, really. The 26-year-old, who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula (and counts Keep it Cleaner’s Steph Smith and Laura Henshaw among her mates), has been modelling since her teens – featuring on Australia’s Next Top Model and working with mega brands such as Bras N Things, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. And 2019 is set to be her biggest year yet, with the creation of her own swim range plus a collaboration on pieces with Aussie activewear favourite Jaggad. Safe to say Brooke Hogan is seriously going places. But, as she shares with WH, home is where her heart really is.
You’ve got such a big Year ahead! how are you feeling?
I know! I’m lucky to have worked with some incredible brands [in my career]. I’ve collaborated with Jaggad, a brand I’ve loved for a really long time, so that [range] is set to be out in mid January.
Stay tuned! Then I’m going to LA in March or April, which is really exciting to tap into a different market. I went to New York for a couple of castings, [but] it wasn’t really my vibe. I’m quite normal, I like wines and going out for dinners with my girlfriends, and I wasn’t really prepared to change my lifestyle for what they wanted. I feel like LA’S more relaxed, so I’m excited to go there and see what happens.
You also have your own swimwear project too, right?
Yeah, we’re in the early processes now. I want to create a brand for all women of all sizes [and] shapes, to feel confident [enough] to wear swimming. With my whole career, I’ve been balanced with my lifestyle and with my body weight and I’ve never really let anybody change who I am. I want to bring that out in [swimwear] and create a brand that’s a movement for body equality and body positivity.
Does that attitude come from the people around you?
Oh, absolutely. My mum’s just amazing. When I signed to my second agency when I was 21, they said, “You could be this and you could be that ... you just have to lose XYZ inches.” I went home and called Mum, who was like, “That’s ridiculous. If you don’t want to do that, don’t do that. You’re great just the way you are. It doesn’t matter if they’re promising you the world, if that doesn’t make you happy just make another decision.” I ended up leaving that agency. My boyfriend [Myles Pitt] is incredible, too. We’ve been together about three-and-ahalf years, and he’s always driving and inspiring me to do better. He works in hospitality and his family has a gorgeous hotel down by the water in Sorrento [in Victoria], where we’re also building our house. We’re hoping it’s going to be done this month. I’m excited to have it
all finished! I’ll still have a place [in Melbourne] for work, so I’ll probably be spending half my time at the apartment there and, hopefully, half my time by the beach in Sorrento.
Do you have a work Bucket list?
It constantly changes. I’ve been doing a little bit more on camera [and] I’d love to maybe go down the TV side of things, like presenting roles. And I think every young Australian model would love to align themselves with a well-known Australian brand like a department store – like David Jones. I love travelling, but home is where my heart is. Anything that keeps me here, I’ll be a happy girl.
let’s talk workouts. what does your typical week look like?
I work out four to five days a week for about 30 to 50 minutes. It’s a mixture of high-intensity workouts and a lot of pilates. I really love pilates; it’s sort of like meditation for me – my time to refresh my mind, re-energise, switch off and put my focus on being in the moment. When I travel, I’ll maybe do a 10-minute workout in my hotel room to get my body moving; or a two-minute plank, a couple of pushups and even just stretches. I try to take a skipping rope and also booty bands in my suitcase, which are super light and easy to transport.
what does exercise Do for you?
I’ve always been really active.
Even as a kid I was always playing basketball, I did lots of callisthenics and things. Not so much anymore, but definitely back in the day I was always outdoors and running and
loved sports. Now, for my job, I need to focus on being active to keep in shape, but I use workouts more for my mind. If I’m feeling crappy, I’ll go for a run, or jump on a treadmill, or go outside. I always find if my body’s moving then my mind’s moving, and I just always feel so much better.
Take us through Your food day.
I usually start with hot water and lemon, and then either porridge with berries and honey or avo on glutenfree toast. I’m not gluten intolerant [but avoiding it] just sits better for me. For lunch, a salad with fish or chicken – some sort of protein. Snacks throughout the day might be a green smoothie – spinach, kale, almond milk or coconut water, some frozen berries, banana, a little honey or some nuts. I love vegies, so dinner will have as many greens as I can get and then again some sort of protein. I have a pretty standard sort of diet – it’s things that make me feel good and energised. I love coffee, too. An almond milk latte is my go-to.
You recently posted on insta about learning from failure. how Did that come about?
I guess people see a highlight reel [on social media]. They think your life is this beautiful glamorous thing and you’re never upset and you’re never sad. That’s obviously not the case – everybody has moments where they’re not feeling great. I went for an interview for a job that I really wanted and it was a bit of a process, and I found out a couple of weeks later that I didn’t get it. I was quite disappointed and upset, so I sat down for a second and thought, “OK, but there are so many opportunities out there and great things happening around you. Try not to focus on negative things or those things you didn’t get.”
It’s a learning experience – it’s about being appreciative of what you’ve got ... and moving forward.
who else are Your champions?
I have a girlfriend group. There’s five of us and we’re all so close. I actually live with one of my best friends now in Melbourne. I’ve known her since I was 14 years old and we’ve been best friends for years and years. My girlfriends are amazing – they’re my biggest support. We all just love hanging out and we always do an annual Christmas in July, Christmas lunches, and things like that. Having that solid, core group of girlfriends who just support, drive and also motivate you is really important for being happy and successful.
speaking of happiness, what does it look like to you?
Great question. Leading a path that I love is my idea of being happy. [And] being healthy, active and having great people [around me]. I wouldn’t be where I am if I wasn’t surrounded by a beautiful family and friends. I’m so lucky.
“i use workouts for my mind. if i’m feeling crappy, i’ll go for a run, or jump on a treadmill, or go outside. i always feel so much better.”