Aussie angel: Bridget Malcolm on bikini bods and secret talents
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Bridget Malcolm is having a hot minute in the spotlight. The Perth born model has walked the Victoria's Secret runway twice, and is back in Australia for an exciting new project. On home soil, there isn't much that comes close to the grandeur that is Victoria's Secret, but being named a face of David Jones comes pretty close. Malcolm is following in the footsteps of Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale and (most recently) Karlie Kloss as the face of David Jones Spring Summer 2017 campaign.
Bridget Malcolm chats to Samantha Ledlin about David Jones, bikini bodies, going vegan and a secret, career changing talent.
What's the best thing about being home in Australia?
The ocean is a big part of it. But also working with people who have known me since I was fourteen years old; it just feels like I'm coming home to a big family. I take any opportunity to come back to Australia. I've been really lucky this year, I've been back to Sydney every two or three months, which is great, and then I get back to Perth maybe once a year for Christmas and New Year's - although this year I am having a white Christmas in Pennsylvania with my husband's family.
As an Australian girl, what does it mean to be the face of David Joness S/S'17 campaign?
It's huge to me; it's such a big honour. I grew up seeing Megan Gale and Miranda Kerr, and to be a part of that family is such a huge honour. I first walked for David Jones when I was 18 years old, and if you would have told me then that I would be here in this position, I wouldn't have believed you.
You've walked for Victoria's Secret twice now, how does walking a fashion runway like David Jones differ from this?
I think both brands are about strong, sexy, diverse women, so there is definitely that element of similarity. David Jones love for you to show a bit of personality. You're wearing more clothes in David Jones which is nice for a change. But prepping for both shows you work out hard, make sure you are eating well and drinking lots of water.
How does modelling and the industry overseas differ from here in Australia?
I feel like in Australia [the industry] reflects our lifestyle, it's more beachy, a bit laid back. I think Australian designers reflect that culture, which is a big part of the David Jones campaign this season; how you can go from beachwear to nightwear in one piece. I find that to be reflected in the modelling industry and in fashion here. People just want to have a bit more fun in Australia, which I love.
What does your training routine look like in the weeks leading up to any fashion show?
I actually keep it pretty consistent year round. I do Body by Simone which is dance cardio with toning exercises. I've been doing it for years and I love it. It's actually run by an ex-Australian dancer and she has a studio in LA and New York. I had a hard session at 5:00am this morning. And then I just focus on diet; I'm vegan and I eat pretty healthily year round. But leading up to the show I make sure I am drinking lots of water and not eating too many carbs
Do you do any other training techniques?
I never really got into yoga; I love a good mega-reformer workout if I can't get in with my Body by Simone trainer, Alice (shout out to Alice, she's the best!). I love walking, I love running. I've been doing the Bondi to Bronte each morning which has been so nice. I try to work out like an hour a day, five or six days a week, no more. Whenever I do more, it feels like I loose energy.
We're coming up to summer, what's your workout recommendation to get bikini-body ready?
I mean, you're always bikini body ready - if you've got a body and a bikini, you're ready! For me, resistance training is the best, it really changed my body. I tried lifting heavy weights and it didn't really work for me. I used to do tonnes of cardio and it worked for a bit, but it made me too tired. So I like to use bands or high reps of light weights; I found it really helped my body, and it is something you can do anywhere at any time.
How long have you been vegan and why have you chosen the vegan lifestyle?
I have always had it in me, I was vegetarian-leaning growing up, and then I moved out I went vegetarian. I started watching documentaries on the PETA website and that was that. I think that was in 2009, and since then I have kind of gone back and forth a couple of times. There have been a few months where I've had fish, but it just doesn't leave me feeling good, and at the end of the day [being vegan] works for me. I don't go around telling people they should be vegan. I do think people should eat more plants because it will make them much healthier, but I understand that some people need to eat meat and I totally am respectful of that. For me, I found a huge amount of energy [in turning vegan], my digestion cleared, my skin cleared. It also kind of changed me mentally; I found it more peaceful and less stressed.
What does a cheat day involve for you?
I don't really ascribe to the cheat day mentality. I eat pretty clean and I don't really have a big sweet tooth. I don't like the idea of restricting yourself so hard and then splurging all on one cheat day. Having said that, if I am craving something, I go for it - I am a big fan of sweet potato fries, I love them. Sweet potato fries and a margarita.
On your Instagram it says "Worldwide oboist" please tell me this is true.
That's right! I used to play the oboe! I started when I was fourteen and I went to university for it. I used to tour with orchestras; I once played with Ennio Morricone. There was a point where I was like "should I be an oboist or a model?" which is a weird choice, I don't know if anyone has ever had to make that decision before. But modelling was too good of an opportunity to turn down. And I still do play; I'll always love the oboe.
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