We spend 5 minutes with Aussie model and influencer, Brooke Hogan, talking all things modelling, her career so far, maintaining privacy and the women's health cause she's getting behind in 2020.
SDT: Your modelling career began on Australia's Next Top Model. You finished 11th in the competition but have arguably had the most success since. What did the experience teach you?
Brooke: It taught me so many things but one thing that stands out is that it taught me to be myself and to be comfortable with the fact that in the modelling world some people will like you and some people won’t and that’s ok!
Throughout the experience I made sure to always stay true to me and to not change myself to please anyone.
It can be a pretty relentless industry and I feel like it was a good lesson to learn early on.
SDT: You've amassed an Instagram following of almost 700K, have worked with brands like YSL, Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, but have said before you're an extremely private person. Many influencers are considered over-sharers, how do you strike a balance of maintaining some privacy?
Brooke: I think this is partly why I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible brands over the years. I do consider myself a private person but I have learnt to adapt to the ever-changing expectations of social media. I do share a lot more than I used to because I know that people appreciate, relate and learn from personal experiences but with that in mind I just ensure that there are boundaries and that there are certain things that I always keep private.
For example, my relationship is something that I don’t share a lot of. I get asked quite often if Myles and I are ‘still together’ which always makes me laugh, we are extremely happy & have been together for over 5 years, I just don’t feel the need to share that side of my personal life. I think it’s important to keep things private for safety reasons but also for your own mentality, we all need to be able to switch off at times!
SDT: You've had an incredible career so far, what have been some of the highlights?
Brooke: Isolation has really made me reflect and acknowledge how grateful I am to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places over the years. A few stand outs are, attending New York fashion week with Michael Kors earlier this year, featuring on the cover of Women’s Health magazine, my capsule collection with Jaggad selling out in 10 minutes & being named as ambassador for Mercedes Benz Brighton, YSL and just recently, Anton jewellery!
SDT: You're an ambassador for this year's Witchery White Shirt Campaign, aiming to put an end to Ovarian Cancer. Why is this cause close to your heart?
Brooke: I was extremely moved after I attended the Witchery luncheon a few years ago but I was also quite embarrassed that I didn’t know a whole lot about Ovarian Cancer.
From that day I made an effort to educate myself on the signs and symptoms so that I was aware for myself but also so I could share the information with those around me. I know many women don’t know a whole lot about Ovarian cancer (just like I didn’t) so I thought if I could help by sharing information & promoting the Witchery White Shirt to raise awareness and help towards getting an early detection test then that is a step in the right direction.
I have always liked to use my social media to spread positive messages and raise awareness to causes that I am passionate about so when the opportunity came up to be an ambassador for this year’s campaign I was honoured!
SDT: How can we get involved?
Brooke: You can jump online and purchase a Witchery White shirt and 100% of gross proceeds will go towards the OCRF to assist in finding an early detection test!
SDT: 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us, what are you most looking forward to post-iso?
Brooke: Hugging my family members & going out for cocktails with my girlfriends!
2020 marks Witchery’s 12th annual White Shirt Campaign in partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). For every Witchery White Cotton Shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF)