2015 has been a busy year for Jennifer Hawkins. She’s hosted another season of Australia’s Next Top Model, has seen her tanning range JBronze go from strength to strength and has even launched her own brand of tequila with husband Jake Wall.
But it hasn’t been all rosy, with the model’s mum Gail undergoing cancer surgery on the day Hawkins was due to walk the Myer runway.
At the launch of her JBronze Kickstarter Campaign, we spoke to the 31-year-old entrepreneur about 2015.
Your mum underwent cancer surgery earlier this year, how did it feel to have to go through that at a particularly busy work time?
“I won’t lie, it was a hard time, it was a really hard time. At that time it was almost like a blessing because it [work] was a distraction almost from what was happening with mum and at the end you get through it and you’re like ‘How did I do that?’. Luckily I have a really good family base.”
What do you think is the secret to a successful relationship like yours?
“Keeping it fresh by always doing new and exciting things together. Travelling also – we love travelling together, having nights out together, going for dinners, laughter. And after work, switching your phone off, I think that’s key. And not talking about business all the time, that’s important.”
You’re one of Australia’s entrepreneur success stories, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from starting your own business?
“I think it’s about managing your time, having a schedule for each week and having amazing people around you who are experts in their field. You’ve also got to show respect to your team – always, those are definitely the key things. And having fun – that’s the whole point!”
We’ve noticed many women, including you, who are married and haven’t had children yet get quizzed by people about why they don’t have kids.
“It’s OK because I think that whether you’re in the industry or not you get asked, it’s a natural progression I guess. But I think it’s such a huge decision that you have to do when it’s right for you, so it doesn’t even pop into my head if people ask me, I just go ‘That’s alright, they’re just curious.'”(Post continues after gallery.)