Who would we be to talk about conservation of natural habitats if not about our iconic Australian beaches? And, how could we shoot our most iconic Bondi in the absence of our own Aussie icon, Jessica Gomes?
(Nobody and not at all, are the correct answers).
For any coastal Australians, and awestruck tourists alike, the ocean is our happy place. There is nothing more therapeutic and remedial than a swim in some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Just as we are the first to declare as many celebrities as possible as our own (even if they’re from New Zealand…), our white sands and crystal clear waters are our claim to fame.
Indeed, whenever Jess is in Sydney, she is sure to get in her workouts, goes for walks and ocean swims at the beach as much as a hectic schedule as a jaw-dropping (and hard-working) glamazon will allow. Luckily for her, a good portion of her shoots are on location by the sea, and back home in Perth, her local is Cottesloe Beach.
Now, while I haven’t had the good fortune to see a Cottesloe sunset (yet), we chose Jess’ natural habitat, at least, when she’s not zipping around the world, to shoot my second editorial installment for David Jones’ green brands, ahead of World Environment Day. How could we not? Jess knows how to work soft sand, sunlight and wet hair like no other.
With a population growth rate that exceeds our efforts in conservation, Jess, as I, as anyone who has the good fortune of getting up in the morning and jumping in the ocean without having to check pollution or trash levels, is adamant on the matter of protecting our favourite stretches of sand, “because they are a sacred part of the Australian lifestyle.” Regardless of the foot traffic, any section of coastline between Jess’ Palm Beach, Cottesloe, and Bondi favourites, deserves as much protection as they’ve given us quiet sandy days, picnicking and surfing till we prune. “It’s so important for future generations to have clean oceans and beaches to enjoy and they are a huge part of what makes Australia so beautiful.”
Word is law.