Model mamma

Part-time model and budding wakeboard champ Jenny Luckhurst tells us how she stays in shape


You’ve modelled for a number of years. Has having kids affected your work, and did you model as a pregnant mum?
Work has never affected my role as a mum. In fact I’ve always worked everything around my kids [Alice is seven and Jacob is five]. There have been times where the children have done shoots with me – which has been handy. And no, I didn’t model when I was pregnant! Seriously, I looked like a bus!

How did you get back into shape after having your children?
Breastfeeding, breastfeeding and more breastfeeding! It was my saviour. The weight dropped off me, and I carried on for nine months after both the children were born.

When did you first get involved with watersports?
I first started water skiing 13 years ago in Miami. Soon after that I was introduced to wakeboarding. I have always loved being on the water so I like to get out there as much as I can. Of course Dubai is the perfect place in that respect.

How long did it take you to master wakeboarding?
A long time. The first time I tried it I was useless. Then, with a little expert help and some tips my husband gave me, I suddenly managed it. And that was me up straight away. I’ve never looked back. Although I had a bad fall while wakeboarding about a month ago – I can get a bit cocky! I fell hard on the right side of my neck and ended up with a headache that lasted for two weeks! Thankfully, some sessions of physiotherapy repaired it, but it could have been a lot worse. So, it’s a helmet for me from now on!

Do you have any diet tricks to keep off the pounds?
No diet tricks – I don’t believe in them. My philosophy is quite simple. I eat healthy, I stay fit and I try to remain positive and happy about life. As well as the watersports, I play netball with a group of mums once a week, so I’m sure exercise has a lot to do with me staying optimistic.

What’s your current favourite family pastime?
We spend most of our spare time kayaking and sea fishing. It’s not my favourite sport but my husband and children love it – and that makes me very happy! When the weather isn’t too hot we go out into the desert camping with friends, which is always a good laugh.

What do you see yourself doing in five years time?
Hmmm, tricky! There’s so much to do here in Dubai. I hope I’ll still be zooming about on my wakeboard – and being offered the odd modelling contract too of course! Other than that, all I can say is, watch this space.

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