I can hear clangs and bangs and doors opening and shutting as Rachael Finch squeezes my phone call into her jam-packed schedule.
The model and TV presenter has just arrived home to her two tiny children – Violet, four, and Dominic, eight months – from a work event. It’s only 12pm on a weekday but, by all accounts, Finch has squeezed a day’s worth of stuff into just a few hours.
“There’s more time management involved,” Finch tells Mamamia of her new life as a mum-of-two. She’s just walked through her apartment door, and her sentences are punctuated by squeaky hellos, cuddles and requests for fruit.
“I am incredibly lucky… if my husband had boobs he’d be breastfeeding too. Dominic’s teething, today I had a job to go to, and [Michael is] home bathing the kids, he’s so hands on.
“I’ve got an incredible husband who supports me in career and at home. We’re stronger than ever.”
To describe the 29-year-old’s typical day in a concise soundbite is near impossible. Since being catapulted into Australian fame in 2009, when she was crowned ‘Miss Universe Australia’, Finch has managed what few others have: to launch a glittering, varied career from a beauty pageant.
On the days she’s not consumed by life as a mum, or her modelling commitments, Finch is illuminated into our lounge rooms on Channel Seven; on others she is kept busy by Body Of Dance, the health and fitness program she founded and created, or the latest addition to her resume – designing her very own activewear line, B.O.D By Finch.
To be successful was always in the blueprint, just not exactly in the way life has panned out.