If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?
"I wish society would talk more about menopause and how it's a time where women can take their power back"
If you were a teenager in the 90’s, you’ll remember today’s guest as fondly & I do. Every month, I would eagerly await the arrival of the latest Dolly or Cleo magazine - the teenagers fix of where we got schooled on all ‘the things’ we needed to know - navigating our way as our bodies changed & boys started commusing our thoughts. You must remember - no google or social media for life lessons in those days!! And the gorgeously natural, shiny faced model that I remember most from magazine covers in those times was the stunning, Alison Brahe.
Alison Brahe-Daddo burst on the Australian modelling scene as a 16 year old in the mid-80’s and her career journey has travelled through roles in education, charities, podcasting and writing.
Ali has just launched her first book, QUEEN MENOPAUSE – a frank, compassionate and comprehensive companion for any woman experiencing menopause (& perhaps their partners, as you’ll hear!). Ali also co-hosts a very successful podcast with her husband of 31 years, the equally iconic star of my upbringing, Cameron Daddo. In their podcast “Separate Bathrooms”, they interview some of the most interesting couples in Australia as they take a look behind the closed doors of their relationships. It’s a great listen!
Ali has had a fascinating life & career - after modelling & being the ‘face’ for such high profile brands of the time like Portmans, Cover Girl makeup, Nivea, Blackmores, Brian Rochford and JaquieE, she moved into television with her own childrens shows before emigrating to the US in 1991 with her new husband and giving acting a go. But this was not Ali’s passion… teaching children/ taking care of children and indeed, having her own children were her heart’s desire and she took a break from the entertainment scene.
Teaching was calling Ali and she embarked upon years of study, including the Bodyfulmind Institute where she headed up the Pregnancy Program; she received her degree in Massage Therapy in 1999 and in 2013, she achieved her teaching degree from UCLA in Early Childhood. Her passion for teaching and working with children has continued and after moving back to Australia in 2017, Ali teaches first graders locally in Sydney’s Northern Beaches as well as being a patron of RizeUp Australia, a charity that assist domestic abuse families.
I was super nervous before this interview (what’s that saying about meeting your idols!), but it instantly felt like I was catching up with one of my old mates I hadn’t seen in a while. As you’ll no doubt hear, Ali is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. I loved this conversation with Ali on such an important topic that is affecting 50% of the worlds population!
For more information about Ali, check out these places;-
New Book: Queen Menopause
Podcast: Separate Bathrooms
Linkedin: Alison Brahe-Daddo
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