Having a career in modelling for over a decade is no easy feat, but one that Brooke Hogan has successfully managed to navigate. One of those faces that if you’ve been living in Australia, you’ve probably come across at some point in her career: maybe it was back in 2013 when she appeared on Australia’s Next Top Model, or in her role as a TV presenter on The Great Weekend, in one of her many modelling campaigns, or potentially you’re one of her almost 700K Instagram followers.
For us, it was first via ANTM and then later in attendance at various fashion and beauty events – always with a smile and always down to earth. And while we’ve long been meaning to reach out to Brooke for an interview, it’s her latest ambassador role for Witchery’s White Shirt campaign* that has finally spurred us into action. A campaign that’s important for all women to familiarise themselves with.
Here, we sit down with Brooke to find out a little more about her life behind the feed, from exercise and beauty to how she spends her downtime – as well as discovering the importance behind her latest campaign.
Can you let us into a bit of what your life looks like away from the cameras and phones?
To be honest it’s pretty boring, haha! Long morning walks with my dog, I enjoy cooking/learning new recipes, and most recently I’ve been training for a half marathon!
How do you spend your favourite evenings and weekends?
My ideal isolation evening would be snuggled up on the couch in front of the fire with fluffy bed socks, a glass of red, and a block of chocolate. Non-isolation would be either a date night with my partner or a night out and spicy margaritas with my gfs.
With Covid forcing a shutdown on most activities – have you enjoyed taking some time out or have you been itching to get back into regular life?
If I am being honest, I have really enjoyed that downtime! Of course there are things that I miss, but I have really slowed down and taken this time to take a step back. I’ve got to spend a lot of time with my partner that we don’t usually get as we both have crazy schedules, and I have also had time to focus on myself and connect with myself. I’ve become so much more creative, I’ve set some personal goals and I’ve also planned out some things that I want to do over the next 12 months. With that being said, I am excited for us all to get back to normal life as I know it’s been a horrible time for some people – but I do hope we take elements of isolation into our ‘new normal’ world.
Has a break from travel been a blessing or a curse?
Blessing on the wallet but also a curse as I’ve had so much time to spend on Pinterest – my list of places to go is forever growing!
What are you currently reading?
I said I would make more of an effort to read in isolation, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened! I started ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ on week 2, but I haven’t picked it up since. I’ve heard it’s a fantastic book so I need to set aside more time to get into it.
Favourite TV show you’ve binged on during Covid?
How important is exercise to you?
So important. I always feel so much better when I have moved my body. I take my dog for a long walk every morning and sometimes that is enough exercise for me, but other days I need to do more to clear my mind. I find exercise is a form of meditation for me – it’s time for me to connect and check in with myself. I am really into running at the moment (never thought I’d say that!) so that’s keeping me busy.
What does your typical weekly exercise regime look like?
At the moment I’m doing roughly 2 HIIT sessions a week and 3 runs a week. When I’m not in isolation, I do a lot of reformer pilates.
And a typical Day on A plate?
For breakfast either toast, eggs and avo or coconut yoghurt, muesli and berries or a smoothie. Lunch is either tuna on a cracker, some protein and salad, or a yummy roll. Dinner I like to mix it up – we love salmon and veggies but I cook lots of different things: pho, curry, stir frys, healthy schnitzels etc. Always finish it off with choc!
What are your top 5 can-not-live-without beauty products?
My Cosmedix cleanser, Benefit eyebrow gel, SPF 50+ for my face, Ultra Violette SPF lip balm & my Aesop hand cream.
What made you decide to align with the White Shirt Campaign? Does it have a special meaning to you?
My grandma is currently healthy, happy and in remission for breast cancer. We feel so lucky that there is an early detection test for breast cancer and because of this early detection test, she is still here with us. After learning that ovarian cancer does not have any kind of early detection tests, it became clear that some people are not as lucky as my nan. A few years ago, I attended my first Witchery White Shirt event and I was surprised that the signs and symptoms are common things we as women have every day. I knew a lot of women would be just like me and not know a lot about Ovarian Cancer – so when the opportunity came up to be an ambassador for this year’s campaign, I was honoured. I have always liked to use my social media to spread positive messages about things I am passionate about.
How do you style your white shirt?
I purchased mine oversized to wear with white sneakers and light denim jeans.
What would be your number one piece of advice to your 15 year old self?
So many things I can’t choose one, haha! Listen to your mum – she actually does know best and save save save save $!
What is your life mantra?
Trust the timing of your own path. Things happen to people at different times, don’t compare your success with those around you. Everything will happen to you when it’s supposed to. Above all else, be kind.
*Witchery White Shirt Campaign: 2020 marks Witchery’s 12th annual White Shirt Campaign in partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The White Shirt Campaign’s mission is to raise much needed funds to support vital research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer as readily available and habitual as a pap smear or mammogram. For every Witchery White Cotton Shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The shirt will be available to shop from Wednesday 6 May – Sunday 31 May.
All images: Brooke Hogan