A conversation with Bridget Malcolm, VS model29 November 2017 - interviews
At just 26 years old, Bridget Malcolm has had a career that most models dream of. She has walked the runway for the most prominent brands, posed for the biggest magazines, and won a coveted place in two consecutive Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. But the Australian beauty’s accomplishments don’t end on the runway—she is also a classical oboist, a talented writer and an animal rights activist.
Born in Western Australia, Bridget’s childhood was an idyllic one with many days spent at the beach. At 14, she started playing the oboe on a whim and fell in love with it. That same year, she was scouted by a modelling agency and soon found herself juggling school and modelling work. Despite being accepted into prestigious music and performing arts academies, she decided to pursue a modelling career in New York.
But like many success stories, Bridget’s road to success comes with its fair share of rejections. “I can honestly say that I have been rejected more times in my life than not,” she writes on her blog. “Due to the nature of my work, rejection has been an extremely large factor in my life, and it has been something I have had to get very close and comfortable with.” But she concludes, “If it isn’t meant to be, then it isn’t. We aren’t defined by what we do or do not do, we are defined by how we do the things we do. In our successes are we humble and thankful? And in our failures are we gracious and reflective?”
On her popular blog, she writes about her greatest passions: health, wellness, veganism, animal rights and self-improvement. And it’s clear that she has a way with words—her prose is at once uplifting, self-reflective and moving.
We chat with Bridget about self-care, her perspective on failure and her favourite Reminder.
The Mindful Company (TMC): What did you want to be when you were a child?
Bridget Malcolm (BM): An ambulance driver who drinks coffee. No joke.
TMC: If you came with a label, what would it say?
BM: Warning, she bites.
TMC: What is your morning routine like?
BM: Wake up, meditate, drink a lot of water, paddleboard with husband, Backgammon with my husband, life.
Left: Bridget wears the Breathe Reminder Cuff in Classic Rose Gold. Right: Bridget wears the Breathe Handwritten Chain in Rose Gold (top), Breathe Reminder Cuff in Classic Rose Gold (middle) and Breathe Reminder Braid in Classic Rose Gold and Warm Grey (bottom)
TMC: What gives you energy?
BM: Regular scheduled time-outs and reading. Sleep. Sometimes cookies.
TMC: What’s your favourite Reminder word and why?
BM: Breathe! Because it is everything to life.
Read more: Bridget writes about the importance of breath in her life here.
TMC: What’s your go-to pick-me-up when you encounter self-doubt?
BM: Usually looking at the source of the self-doubt and figuring out where and why it exists.
TMC: We love your piece ‘On Rejection’ and your perspective on failure. When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
BM: Honestly I don’t ever really feel like I’ve failed. I always commit 100 percent or not at all, so if I fall short of the mark, I know that there was nothing more I could have done. No point beating myself up, I’m not a superhero!
TMC: Name a fear that keeps you up at night.
BM: Global warming.
TMC: What does success mean to you?
BM: Love. The older I get the more I realise that it all comes back to that. Family and friends. In whatever form that takes.
TMC: Share a quote that gives you strength or peace.
BM: Solvitur ambulando [Latin for “it is solved by walking”]. When in doubt, walk.
TMC: How do you practice self-care?
BM: Breathing, getting into nature, having alone time, reading books, floating in the ocean, taking naps, hanging with loved ones, and eating good food.
TMC: Name a book that changed your life.
BM: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
TMC: Name someone who inspires you.
BM: Gloria Steinem, Tina Fey
TMC: What would you like to tell your 80-year-old self?
BM: “Damn girl, we can fly!?”
TMC: What are your 5 favourite items to gift for Christmas?
BM: A puppy, a million dollars, a free trip to Fiji, two million dollars, two million puppies. Have I ever given these gifts? Maybe…
Bridget talks about the significance of the word 'Breathe' in her life here.