Women in Motion

Get in, get sweaty, get out, go to work.



First up, thank you all so much for the awesome response on this cover story I worked on for Witchery’s Women in Motion series that went live last week. In this industry, I think most of us spend our lives living at least three months ahead, and never really take a second to sit back and reflect on what you’ve created once the results are finally in the public domain. Always onto the next.

But we’re here now.

Most of the questions that have landed in my inbox since this came out have been about what I do exercise-wise in my day-to-day. I’ve always said that I aim for an hour of exercise a day, five or six days a week, but in all honesty, this year has been so off the charts in terms of work (and too much travel for work), class and associated study hours, not enough sleep and overcommitting to insane deadlines, that I found myself dropping the ball midyear when it came to my physical health.


I think I had that awful 24 hour fever thing about three times – on planes – in July, and at one point, was having an explosive nosebleed daily in very public and very embarrassing places (which was extremely entertaining for Dion during Yum Cha in Singapore, watching all the middle-aged Chinese waitresses crowding around offering different home strategies that their respective ancestors swore by to stop blood noses).

I’ve since learned pretty quickly that it’s impossible to self-regulate everything and that there’s no shame in deferring your thought process to an expert whose word you can just take for gospel. Granted, I’m yet to do that in my actual work life, but the gym is a start. It’s all well and good to run the Bondi-to-Bronte, but if you don’t have the luxury of time and can’t drag yourself out of bed at 6AM because you were at the office till 1AM the night before, then sit in traffic on the way home, it’s definitely worth just biting the bullet and booking a class or time with a trainer. Get in, get sweaty, get out, go to work.

So for those of you asking, I try and bookend my days with a range of different half-hour HIIT, Circuit and Boxing sessions with super-trainer Dan Wootton at Fitness Culture, and just straight boxing (which is also the greatest release for road rage and general work frustrations) with Maydad at Bondi Boxing Gym (who also so kindly let me take over the gym for a few hours to shoot half of this story). I try to get in at least one two-hour ballet studio session once a fortnight, and on days when I can’t make it to anything because of work, class or traffic, I just do any combination of three of Cassey Ho’s ten-minute YouTube workouts. The woman has so much energy and so much to say about what colour she painted her nails, how many grocery bags she carried from the car, what couch she’s getting for her new place et cetera that you’re completely distracted from the extreme ab or butt or thigh pain and the video is over in no time.

Anyhow – back to the books. Three more exams to go.





Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.