Pro high-jumper and brain tumour survivor Amy Pejkovic is the definition of an empowered woman. After battling through a tumour diagnosis and surgery, the model is now the ambassador of Cure Brain Cancer and is training to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With a story as inspiring as that, we had to catch up with the Sydney-based model to find out what empowerment means to her.
The Chic Edit: What does being an “empowered woman” mean to you?
Amy Pejkovic: It means I am independent. I trust myself. I am confident. I am authentic and I invest in life.
CE: How does working out make you feel empowered?
AP: Investing so much time to push your body to it’s limit can only make you feel strong. Feeling strong makes me feel confident and happy within myself.
CE: What are your favourite ways to stay fit?
AP: Lots of gym, running, plyometrics, Pilates, walks, and jumping!
CE: What is your approach toward diet? Do you follow any rules? Do you have any vices?
AP: Everything in moderation! It is okay to eat chocolate, it’s okay to eat doughnuts sometimes, as long as you eat it within a balanced diet and lots of water!
CE: You seem to vary your workout routines a lot, taking them from the gym to the out doors. Are there any types of workouts you dislike or would not be willing to try?
AP: I like to try a bit of everything! I hate long runs. I can’t do it! haha
CE: How does being an athlete affect your approach to fitness?
AP: Being a high jumper, it is all explosive. Any workouts that could counteract the explosive work, I don’t do. For example, long, slow jogs: I will never do! I need fast twitch muscle fibres.
CE: Health is all about balance: when not focusing on your fitness and diet, how do you maintain mental health and happiness?
AP: I have a lot of me-time. I read books that keep me motivated and inspired. I spend time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I go to the beach a lot and I always think positive thoughts!
CE: Bras, underwear, and swimsuits are a staple in many of your shoots. How do you remain confident in front of the crew and cameras?
AP: I try to forget they’re there! Sometimes it does get quite hard, but you have to remember they booked you for a reason!
CE: Who are your female role models, both in everyday life and within your career?
AP: My mum, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Blanka Vlasic!
CE: What are your goals for the future, within your modelling and your academic career?
My goals for the future are: The Olympics! The Commonwealth Games, World Championships, Victoria’s Secret, and to work over in the States. I’m still trying to figure out my academic goals! I would like to get into TV presenting one day. And to be the best person I can possibly be, inside and out.
Photographer: Chris Mohen.
Follow Amy Pejkovic @amypejkovic on Instagram.