She may be one of the newer faces to the roster of David Jones ambassadors, but Jesinta Campbell has quickly risen to the top of our #fitspo list. After showing off some serious abs at last year's spring/summer collection launch, last night, Jesinta returned to the stage alongside Jessica Gomes, Montana Cox, Gemma Ward and Jason Dundas to highlight more new-season fashion. With fiancé Sydney Swans star Buddy Franklin there to cheer her on, the former Gold Coast-girl cut a striking (and seriously toned) figure on the runway. Yeong Sassall sat down with the model to a few hours before the show to talk chat fitness, wedding plans and encounters with Kylie Jenner at New York Fashion Week.
Last year your physique at the DJs show had everyone talking. Do you feel pressure to live up to that reputation?
I do a little, but I'm really healthy and really fit at the moment and that is the most important thing. If I don't look the same as last time, to me, it's like, 'I know I'm really fit and healthy at the moment.' Of course I feel a little bit of pressure, [but] it's just from myself.
What has your diet been like leading into this year's show? Does it change?
It just becomes a little bit cleaner. Health is really paramount to me, I really do try and keep quite consistent throughout the year. Just four weeks out of the show, I cut out alcohol. I don't really drink much alcohol now so it's not that hard, but I cut out alcohol, refined sugars and just eat really really clean. And the last week before the show you just amp it up. You have heaps of green juices so that your skin looks really good and you just feel really lean. Other than that, I really do try and keep a healthy diet throughout the year. I'm healthy Monday through to Saturday and on Sunday I have a cheat day.
What does a cheat day involve for you?
A little bit of chocolate, some red wine. Nothing too crazy. When you're really healthy you don't crave junk food or lots of sugar. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so that's what I indulge in more. I love cooking, so I will bake things. I will try and make them as healthy as possible, but still make them taste really good. I definitely like to indulge - I think it keeps you sane!
Are there any foods you avoid?
Yeah I don't eat a lot of dairy - I just feel like it doesn't sit well with me. And I haven't eaten gluten since I was 10 years old. I have an intolerance to it. I wish it was trendy and I was just on the gluten-free bandwagon but, nope, unfortunately it doesn't make me feel very good! I just try to keep things as healthy and wholesome as possible, so I always have fresh veggies and fruit, beautiful organic meat and nuts and seeds. I make sure I'm really well stocked at home so it's easy to stay healthy.
What's your training regime like?
In the lead up to the show, I did a 21-day Pilates challenge which was amazing. So every day I did Pilates, except for on Sunday. I found a really good instructor that I loved - Kirsten from Fluid Form - she was just amazing. I really got along with her, she really challenged me with what my goals were and what I wanted to do and she really geared up our sessions. I did that with a girlfriend and both of our bodies were completely different [afterwards]. They say that the first 10 days of Pilates you feel a difference, the next 20 days you notice a difference and at the end of 30 days you have a completely different body.
What kind of Pilates is it - mat or reformer?
Mat, reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair - I did everything. And a bit of barre too. And then a bit of boxing, but if I didn't have the energy to box, I'd just got for a walk. I'd just make sure I was moving every day.
You were a finalist on Celebrity Apprentice - did that help to shake off the idea that you were just a beauty pageant girl?
Yeah I really did. And people got to see the real me. That's the thing with reality TV, you can't hide from anything and who you are often shows up. And it's funny - I get asked about nearly every week from random people. I feel like it did make an impact and I think people just saw a different side to me. The sad thing is, there's a perception about everyone and no matter what you do - whether you're a model actress, journalist, teacher - people like to stereotype people because it's easier than getting to know them. Everyone should have to opportunity I had, you know, just to see another side. Once you get to know people everyone's human, everyone's actually quite nice [laughs].
I'm sure you get asked this ALL the time - how are your wedding plans coming along?
I actually haven't made any plans I've got such a busy year, I've got my book coming out at the end of this year. It's called Live a Beautiful Life and it's got 60 of my own recipes in there, a four week training plan, some beauty tips and tricks, and some little tutorials as well. And it's got a whole section on writing a goal and having a vision. I've kind of got an really busy back end of the year so I'm kind of getting through that and yeah... we'll get married eventually [laughs]. We're both so busy too - it will happen!
I have to ask: you sat next to Zoë Kravitz and Kylie Jenner at New York Fashion Week - what was that experience like?
And Hannah Davis - who's [a] Sports Illustrated [model]. It was crazy moment! I got invited over to watch the show which was amazing. I had no idea that I was going to be sitting next to any of those incredible women. I just sat and went, 'Oh-kay then'. I didn't even know I was going to be sitting front row!
I can't imagine what it would be like sitting next to a Kardashian, seeing all the cameras come up...
Yep and of course the cameras aren't interested in me, they're interested in Kylie. It was just full on - I've never seen so many cameras in my life! It was so full on for such a young girl too, but she handled herself with grace and she's a true professional in front of the cameras. [But] I don't desire to have that [kind of fame] at all!