TV presenter, model, actress, MC, entrepreneur, singer, adrenalin junkie, and part-time B.Com student, Jade Hübner is a multi-talented woman. Her dream is to take over the entertainment industry in a big way. Having started her working career at the age of 15 as a model, maths tutor and waitress, Jade knew that only hard work and sheer determination would ultimately help her reach her dreams.
In 2015 she competed in Presenter Search on 3: South Africa’s biggest televised reality presenter search. Putting her philosophy of hard work and determination to the test, Jade went from strength to strength during the competition and ultimately won a place as a presenter on South Africa’s longest running and most prestiges lifestyle television programme, Top Billing on SABC 3.
When Jade isn’t interviewing local and international celebrities, hosting events, modelling, acting, or studying, she’s experiencing a new adrenalin-packed sport, partaking in obstacle course races or triathlons, or she’s working. In fact, whenever possible, Jade does something to get active, and it’s usually adventurous.
Resides: Cape Town, South Africa
Give us a brief outline of your training routine.
I train up to 6 times a week. I just do what I can, when I can, according to my schedule. I don’t beat myself up if I’m unable to make it to the gym, though, as I believe that keeping in shape is 90% what you eat, and exercise just tones what you have, encourages healthy eating and makes you feel wonderful. I get bored easily, so I like to mix it up when it comes to the kinds of exercise I do, which can include boxing at Point Break Fitness, Sweat1000 (cardio, interval training, toning), dog walks, runs, or MyUtopia hot yoga. I tend to only hit the gym if I can’t make the times of the other classes and it’s too dark or raining outside. I also enjoy surfing and wakeboarding, when I get the time.
How do you structure your nutrition plan?
I generally always try to make healthier choices. I stay away from sugar and high carb intakes, but I don’t cut it out completely. It’s all about balance. If I put on some weight, or have an important shoot and need to be stricter, then I cut out sugar completely and I limit myself to sweet potatoes, one banana if I’m training, and a cup of rice, or a slice of rye as my only carb sources.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants to pursue a lifestyle like yours?
Firstly, don’t be so hard on yourself! Secondly, don’t obsess about it, because the more you do, the more you want to eat. And don’t expect it to happen overnight, then give up because you think it’s an impossible task. If you are an all-or-nothing type and can maintain such strictness, then do that, but if that mentality doesn’t work for you and you always give up, or go on monthly binges, then rather change to a balanced lifestyle.I’m the latter. I put on 6 kilos and couldn’t get it off for two years, which is a lot for my height and in this industry. When I finally stopped thinking about food, trying to diet, telling myself that I can’t eat something, or that I must eat as much as possible because on Monday I’m going to start dieting, the weight finally started to come off. Eat what you want, but make the healthy choices and just have a small taste of the naughty treat every few days. You need to find what works for you, what suites your lifestyle and what you can maintain while still being happy. Happiness is the priority.
What are your thoughts on female equality in your discipline?
In the TV industry it’s definitely different for men and women. However, there are challenges and perks for both sexes. I think it will always be different as we’re very different species, so it’s about learning to deal with it and make it work for you, not against you, while always being respectful and kind to others.
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Photography by Gareth Barclay