Jessica Hart has opened up about her decision to quit drinking alcohol.
The Australian model, who has worked for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch, has penned an article about her issues with booze for the latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.
In the candid note, Jessica revealed she began drinking as a teenager in Australia, before moving to New York, where she partied hard throughout her twenties.
“In this industry, even the most successful models don’t work every day,” she explained. “If I didn’t have work for a few days, I could go out, proudly drink most people under the table and come home as the sun was rising. It wasn’t as if I needed to drink every day, but when I did, I didn’t stop.
“I was, ‘Go hard or go home.’ And home was never the answer. I never blacked out or was that girl staggering around. But I was having fun, travelling to Europe, partying in Ibiza and Mykonos. But in my late twenties, I started to feel, ‘This is getting old.'”
However, it wasn’t until her early thirties that Jessica decided it was time that she “finally pulled the plug”.
“I just woke up one morning and said, ‘This is it,'” the 33-year-old continued. “I wanted to look after myself.”
She added that she also didn’t want people to view her as the once-beautiful model who destroyed her looks after partying non-stop.
With the support of her sister, fellow model Ashley Hart, Jessica underwent a personal development course with The Landmark Forum and she also joined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
“In one meeting, (the speaker) said, ‘When you drink, you are pickling yourself,'” she recalled. “‘And, just like a cucumber, once you are pickled you can never be a cucumber again.’ It was an epiphany.”
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