At the time of recording this interview, Jesinta franklin hadn’t yet announced she was pregnant so it wasn’t raised in the conversation. She has since revealed that she and her husband Buddy are expecting a child next year. She has told body+soul she was initially quite sick and is only starting to feel herself again. The couple however, can’t wait to meet their little miracle.
Jesinta Franklin is more than just a model. After shooting into our lives when she placed second at Miss Universe in 2010, the 28-year-old has gone on to become a TV host, author and ambassador for Olay Skin Care among other brands.
But her life hasn’t been as smooth sailing as she hoped. During her earlier modelling years, Franklin’s health took a toll as a result of the industry’s strict rules.
“I went to China and the more weight I lost, the more jobs I would book,” she explains to Healthy-ish co-host Eliza Cracknell on episode ‘What does a healthy person really look like?’
“You’re in a model house with seven other models from around the world and you’re bound by a contract. I remember my contract said if your measurements go up or down, we have the right to make your contract null and void, and we have the right not to pay you.”
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Franklin recalls stripping down to her underpants to be weighed and measured every week.
“The impact that had on my mental health, I can’t explain it to you.”
She notes that it took her years to recover. “I feel like it’s been a long journey for me to get to this point where I feel really confident in my own skin.”
Now, as a newly announced mother-to-be, Franklin knows to never compromise the health of herself and future baby, for money.
“I’m not worried about what other people think and I much prefer to walk away from a job healthy and happy, then get a job being someone I’m not and being unhealthy and putting so much pressure on myself.”
Model or not, this is the message she wants everyone to take on board.
“There’s so much pressure on women and men in general to look a certain way,” she adds. “It’s not just the modelling industry – it’s every time you open Instagram there’s some woman with abs telling you that if you haven’t gone to the gym that day then you’re unmotivated, or you’re lazy or you’re not dedicated.”
If you ever feel pressured to look a certain way, Jesinta wants you to remember to “walk away” and “embrace who you are”, because trying to be that picture-perfect person isn’t going to mean anything when you’re older.
“When I’m 80 years old in my rocking chair with my husband beside me, it’s going to be the impact I had or the things I did that really fulfilled me, that make my heart sing.”
Want to hear more from Jesinta? Listen to episode 58 of Healthy-ish above, at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from.
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