We sit down with DJ, beauty ex­pert and HBFIT founder Han­nah Bronf­man to talk busi­ness, boys, and hav­ing din­ner with Bey­oncé

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Han­nah Bronf­man is our new #girl­crush

You were sur­rounded by mu­sic grow­ing up. Who was the most fa­mous mu­si­cian ever to come to your house? In the year 2000, my fa­ther [for­mer Warner Mu­sic Group CEO, Edgar Bronf­man Jr.] had a big din­ner party and Jay-z and Bey­oncé came. They were so cool and Bey­oncé sur­prised us all and sang with the gospel group who were per­form­ing that night. You’ve talked about be­com­ing a DJ “by ac­ci­dent”, but did the mu­sic in­dus­try al­ways ap­peal to you? The mu­sic in­dus­try was chang­ing a lot when I was grow­ing up. I worked at Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic un­der Julie Green­wall and then the sum­mer be­fore col­lege, I worked for Warner Mu­sic in Paris. Be­ing a part of the PR strat­egy for artists at the time was very cool and I learned a lot about mar­ket­ing. Djing was some­thing I was just do­ing for my­self and my friends in col­lege. I guess grow­ing up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily gave me a great base of mu­sic knowl­edge and his­tory. Male DJS out­num­ber fe­male DJS, for sure. What’s your ad­vice to women want­ing to break into the

scene? There are so many tools avail­able now to en­able you to prac­tise at home, from af­ford­able small sys­tems to apps that can be down­loaded on an ipad. That takes care of the skill part if you re­ally put in the time... then it's about get­ting gigs. Start with your friends – that's what I did. I asked if I could open for the reg­u­lar DJ and even­tu­ally I got my own slots. Tell us about HBFIT. HBFIT started as a hash­tag I was us­ing on In­sta­gram to show­case my healthy liv­ing habits and it be­came some­thing that peo­ple were re­ally talk­ing about. When I started see­ing the con­ver­sa­tion evolve from on­line to off­line I knew it could be any­thing we wanted it to be, so I cre­ated a web des­ti­na­tion where we could talk about all things health, beauty and fit­ness. What’s your favourite work­out rou­tine? I hon­estly try so many dif­fer­ent things and there isn't much that I don't like. I love Pi­lates, weight train­ing, danc­ing, barre classes, hot yoga and much more. If I can do some­thing dif­fer­ent every day, then my body is happy. What is your favourite work­out track? Do you ever make your own? I love mu­sic and it def­i­nitely helps mo­ti­vate me and get me through a work­out. At the mo­ment, I have ‘24K Magic’ by Bruno Mars on re­peat. I also love to make Ge­nius playlists off a song I'm lov­ing. Where do you find the mo­ti­va­tion to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly? My fol­low­ers have be­come my main source of in­spi­ra­tion. Peo­ple are ac­tu­ally ex­pect­ing me to not only work out, but doc­u­ment it. It’s amaz­ing that peo­ple I don't even know hold me ac­count­able! You are fash­ion ob­sessed like us. What’s some­thing you’re cur­rently cov­et­ing? I was dy­ing for a pair of Gucci fur loafers and my fi­ancé, Brendan Fal­lis, just gave me a pair in red for my birth­day. I am just ob­sessed. I’m also lov­ing me­tal­lic skirts and vel­vet boots, lots of lay­ers and leather any­thing – es­pe­cially pants. Tell us about Beau­ti­fied. What is it and where did the idea come from? Beau­ti­fied was one of the first on-de­mand mo­bile beauty apps. The idea stemmed from need­ing a last-minute ap­point­ment but not want­ing to call around and see who had one open. I am no longer in­volved with the app, but it was an amaz­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. You got en­gaged last year – what’s the best thing about Brendan? I'm so lucky to have met Brendan. I think one of the best things about him is how log­i­cal and re­source­ful he is. He al­ways has the best so­lu­tion and gen­er­ally knows how to re­solve any sit­u­a­tion. What’s the worst (be­cause boys are an­noy­ing some­times #amiright)? He is very tidy and I am not! With mul­ti­ple busi­nesses, a fi­ancé and com­mit­ments that take you all over the world, how do you make time for your friends? Group tex­ting is amaz­ing. It keeps me up to date on ev­ery­thing go­ing on with my friends. I try to see my friends once a week. They are all busy, but we are good about be­ing proac­tive and mak­ing plans. Where do you hope to be in five years? I hope to ex­pand my brand and my busi­nesses and con­tinue to in­spire peo­ple to live their best life. I would love to de­velop prod­ucts to sup­port that goal. I also hope I am a mom and trav­el­ling with my fam­ily. What has been the high­light of your ca­reer so far? The net­work of peo­ple I have cul­ti­vated through my work. Peo­ple I never thought I would be in con­tact with are my peers – CEOS of com­pa­nies, peo­ple I get to work with day-to-day. Fan-girls I meet are the best and so in­spir­ing to me. What’s been the big­gest chal­lenge? Not com­par­ing my­self to oth­ers. It's so easy to do, es­pe­cially in a world where ev­ery­one is try­ing to stay rel­e­vant. What ad­vice would you give your 18-year-old self? To never feel stuck. There is room to evolve in every sit­u­a­tion and there is power in say­ing no. #

@hann a h b r o n f m an fit hb @ hbfit. co m

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