Date With Kate: Bridget Malcolm

Our star Bridget Malcolm recently attended a Date With Kate to talk all things Victorias Secret, 2 weddings & being scouted…

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Congratulations on walking in your first Victoria’s Secret show. What was it like? 
Thank you! It was unlike anything else I have ever experienced, and the energy was amazing! The second I got off the runway I just wanted to do it all over again … I am still over the moon and can’t believe that just happened.

How did it come about?
Through three years of hard work. This was my third time casting for the show, and my third year of working with Victoria’s Secret as a client, so it came through knowing what they were after and going for it! I worked hard for this, and am so happy that I was given the opportunity.

How did you find out you had been cast for the show?
I was in a van somewhere in Colorado with my fiance’s band on tour. I had dodgy service and it kept dropping out – but my manager got the message across.

How did it feel when you found out you had been cast?
I was beyond excited … I was shaking, and a little choked up. Just so excited. And a little shocked, like: “They want me?”

Are you friends with the other girls in the show? 
Yes! Vita from Russia is also walking for the first time and we have been friends for a while. Most of the other girls I have met or worked with along the way – all very lovely kind girls.

What were you most excited about walking for Victoria’s Secret?
Being able to smile on the runway! You rarely get to do that for other fashion shows; this is one of the few shows where you can have fun and let your personality shine. And also the after-party. Champagne and chocolate!

Did you always want to be a model when you were younger?
Never. The thought of modelling never even crossed my mind. I was a strange looking adolescent with other interests.

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How were you discovered? 
In the street in Perth during the Perth Fashion Festival.

Ralph Lauren has made you the global face of Polo Ralph Lauren for the past three seasons. What is that like? 
That is amazing! Ralph Lauren is such an iconic brand, and they are such a lovely, close-knit family over there. Another dream come true – I love the whole Polo vibe, very my style, and so each shoot with them feels easy and fun. I’m extremely lucky to be a part of their family.

Before your career as a model you were the lead oboist in the WA Youth Orchestra. What was that like?
I will always love the oboe and classical music. I still play to this day, just nowhere near as intensely as I used to. Being in NYC means I have access to a lot of incredible concerts; this month I am going to see the Berlin Philharmonic play all the Beethoven symphonies! I think that learning a classical instrument so early on taught me discipline and the ability to work hard for something.

You are classically trained in ballet. Did you ever want to pursue that as a career?
I love ballet – I started when I was three and quit when I was 17. I still love it, though, and go to adult classes whenever I can. It was important to me; taught me how to move and how to endure pain. No desire there to turn that into a career, though!

You are engaged to musician Nathaniel Hoho . Can you tell me any wedding plans? 
We are getting married in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, next summer, and another wedding in Perth at the end of the year! Two summer weddings, two dresses. Very excited! I’ve been with Nathaniel for two years but we had been friends for five years before that. And then one day, we were like, “we should go out?”, and then within a week we moved in together. It was the most done-deal thing in my life, and I feel so happy about it. It’s indescribable.

What do you do for fun? 
I read a lot – at least a book a week. I don’t own a TV, and wouldn’t use it if I did! I always carry a book with me in my bag – right now I have three on the go. It’s weird because I took English literature in school and it was never my favourite subject. I love Shakespeare but I hate Jane Austen [laughs]! Usually when I’m at an airport I just go into a bookstore and pick out three books, and I usually read them all by the end of my trip. Or I discover new reads by listening to podcasts, like Rich Roll. His podcasts are long, freeform conversations, and he gets some of the most interesting people on. Tim Winton is another of my favourite authors – he’s from Perth, which is my home town. I studied him in high school and just recently rediscovered him again. He sometimes makes me homesick though, so I can’t read too much of his work.

If you could work with anyone or walk for any show, who or what would it be?
Now that Victoria’s Secret is ticked off … That was my  No. 1 aim all my career. I would love a beauty contract with an iconic brand like Maybelline or Estee Lauder. I also have always wanted to walk for Chanel – and shoot a cover for Russh Magazine!

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Montana Cox has a Date with Kate

We love having our Montana Cox in town as does everybody else. Being “One of Australias most in-demand models” Montana caught up Kate Waterhouse to talk, life, career and the future…
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Did you ever expect to lead the life you live?
No
– never ever ever. When I was younger, I was a really big sports girl. I
wanted to be a professional netball player. That was my dream. And then ANTM happened. I was shopping with mum and mum said, “Go try out” and I was like, “No mum”.
You didn’t even want to try out for ANTM?
No,
we were just shopping and [the auditions] were there and mum was like,
“Just do it” and I was like, “OK”.  Ever since then it has been a big
whirlwind.  
If you decided to go down that model path, do you think you could you have done it without ANTM? 
It
has been an amazing platform in terms of having cameras around you all
the time and getting interviewed and meeting all the photographers. It
was a really great exposure as well. It’s a very popular show in
Australia. It’s very focused on helping the girls reaching their goals,
which is really great.

Not everyone who wins ANTM is as successful as you are. What’s the secret to your success?
I
don’t know. But I think it’s really having your head screwed on
straight. I just try to be really positive and the best person I can be
every day. I’ve always been very open to travelling around and seeing
new things and new places. So I think just having an open mind about
that has been really great for me.
Do you still watch the show?
I
do. Actually, I just watched last season. I remember I could not watch
my season! It would stress me out. But I’ve watched all other seasons.
It’s just really addictive TV.
What’s the best part about your job?
The
perks are pretty good! I mean, free stuff is always really nice
[laughs]. But I think it’s learning from the people around you. The
experience I’ve had the past couple of years I would have never had
[without modelling]. I would have stayed in Melbourne and maybe gone to
university. But modelling has taken me around the world and I’ve seen
things I’d never be able to see or do. So it’s really exciting and great
in that sense.
What’s the worst part about your job?
I
think getting picked and prodded at, 24-7. Especially [during] show
season there are constantly brushes on your face and people pulling at
you, doing this and doing that. It’s just like: “Stop touching my face.
Stop pulling my hair.” I think sometimes call times can be a little bit
too early [in the morning. But I cannot complain. I’m very lucky.
What are you currently working on?
I’m
back for the David Jones Fashion Spring Summer Fashion Launch, which is
really exciting. It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s spring-summer,
which is my favourite time in dressing sense
What are some of the trends we’ll be seeing this spring/summer?

It’s
all [about] romantic florals – very soft and pretty – and lots of
coral. We are also going to be seeing a lot of “sport deluxe”, and
animal print is really in this season, but it’s much more on the
reptilian side, like crocodile and snake. So just try and stay away from
leopard – leave that in the cupboard! Also lots of crop tops and maxi
skirts and shift dresses, which I’m really excited for.
As a Youth Ambassador for David Jones, is there pressure on you to act in a certain way?
I think so. I don’t think it’s a pressure – I think it’s just more of, like, just leading by example.
You must have a lot of young fans.
I
do. It’s really exciting to have that young fan base and they’re a very
strong fan base. So it’s really exciting and they really get behind you
and they really do look up to you – like, they’re always on Instagram
and Twitter. You have so many girls coming up to you and say “I look up
to you”. It’s a really great feeling to have that.
What has been your biggest modelling highlight?
I think doing the shows overseas is really exciting… Walking for Givenchy was a lot of fun. 
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Hopefully
still modelling, still travelling around the world. Just keep on moving
forward, meeting new people. I don’t know. We have to wait and see.
Do you have a secret talent?
I play the violin. I’ve played the violin for 10 years.

Nicole Pollard’s Date With Kate

Brisbane-born model Nicole Pollard was discovered in her home town at the age of 15. Now 18, she is one of Australia’s top model exports and has walked exclusively for Dior for the past two seasons. Kate Waterhousechatted with the glamazon about her whirlwind success, fighting nerves on the catwalk and her love life.
What are you doing while you are back in Australia?
I came back for the Dior store opening. My boyfriend has come down from Brisbane so I’ve been hanging out with him. We have just been relaxing and recouping for a bit. We went to the zoo yesterday, which was a lot of fun.
When you were younger, did you always want to be a model?
I kind of did. When I was 13, I got an interest in it and then it just kind of turned into a job. I have always been really tall – I’m just over six foot. I have a tall family; I was always the tallest in my class. In all the school photos, I was always back and centre.
How did you get your first big break?
Locally, it was when I joined Chic in 2011 and walked for Australian Fashion Week, and it just kicked off from there. Internationally, my first big break was last season during couture Paris week. The past six months have been a whirlwind.
How did your relationship with Dior come about?
It was when I went over for the couture shows. I went in for the standard casting process and Dior put me on worldwide exclusive for that season of shows and campaign. It has continued over to this season, which has been awesome. To be picked up by one of the big houses in Paris is really exciting. I don’t follow fashion that much but I’ve always looked at [Dior] as a beautiful brand and as one of the top houses, so being picked up by them is quite amazing.
Do you get nervous on the catwalk?
Yes, every time I go on! I still get butterflies every time, but once you get onto the catwalk, you just block everything else out and you focus on getting to the end without tripping or falling. Fortunately, I haven’t had any major dramas; I’ve been pretty lucky so far.
What has been the biggest change in your life since your success?
Probably the travel factor, being overseas a lot. I still try to live in Brisbane as much as possible. I don’t have a base overseas yet so I’m just kind of floating around at the moment.
Do you plan to move overseas?
Not at the moment. I’ll see how work goes, but I never really want to live over there. I like living at home too much. I love Australia so I want to get back as much as I possibly can, and I’ve got my boyfriend in Brisbane.
Is it hard to manage your relationship with the travel?
It’s all right, I just miss him. There’s a lot of Skyping and Facebooking. If I travel to Sydney, he might come down with me, but he hasn’t been overseas yet. He has to get a passport first and then he can come over.
There are so many Australian models working internationally. Do you spend much time with fellow Aussie models?
If we are in the same city, we try to meet up; it’s always nice to see a friendly face in town. Even if you’re just going for a coffee or bump into them at a casting, it makes it a lot nicer when you are away from home.
What do you do for fun?
I just like relaxing at home – watching a movie in bed, hanging out with friends or sitting in the sun. I always miss that when I’m away and it’s cold.
As a model, do you have a strict fitness and beauty regime?
Fitness, not so much, I just try to keep myself healthy, nothing too extreme. Beauty, it’s pretty simple. I wash my face at night and put a moisturiser on and leave it at that.
Will you be home for Australian Fashion Week?
Yes, I am planning on it. I’m hoping to do Melbourne and Sydney. It’s always fun to come home for them. It’s relaxed, and you get to hang with friends. It’s a good week.
THEY WENT TO The Living Room, Park Hyatt Sydney.
THEY ATE Afternoon tea selection of bite-size savoury sandwiches, dainty desserts and scones with jam and clotted cream.
THEY DRANK NV Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé´.
NICOLE WORE Christian Dior head to toe.