The wives and girlfriends attending this year’s AFL Brownlow Medal awards on Monday once again face the gauntlet of public expectation.
Bianca Roccisano, director of Melbourne Stylists, told The Newsroom that the media can be harsh, especially to newcomers, but believes it is just part of being in the public eye.
Melbourne Stylists will dress four of the girls and two of their partners this year. Ms Roccisano says everyone is usually extremely nervous.
“Whether it’s [their] first or fourth Brownlow, they all still experience the same amount of nerves.”
Brownlow veteran Jessie Habermann, partner of Carlton captain Marc Murphy, will attend her 4th Brownlow event this year, but was a media-talking point during her first Brownlow appearance in 2012.
Foxtel’s Footy “Fashion Police” provided red carpet fashion commentary that year and caused outrage by saying Habermann was a “Brownlow virgin”, adding “And you know what? She won’t be a virgin after tonight.”
Habermann told The Newsroom that while attending the event gets easier every year, the pressure is still on to avoid making the Worst Dressed List and meet public expectations.
“I’ve learnt from my own experience to just be comfortable in your own skin and confident in what you’re wearing and the rest shouldn’t matter.
“We are all there for one reason at the end of the day and that’s to support our partners.
“The media and the public should respect that and admire the girls and their support for their partners in attending the night.”
Earlier this week, former Brownlow winner Jonathon Brown slammed “online trolls” who criticise wives and girlfriends on the event’s red carpet in an article for The Herald Sun.
The Brownlow Medal Red Carpet will be broadcast from Crown Palladium on Monday, September 28, on television from 7.30pm.
The Foxtel’s Footy “Fashion Police” has not appeared on the Brownlow Red Carpet since that infamous 2012 broadcast. – Amber Greasley
Top photo from Jessie Habermann’s Instagram feed.